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Assorted Health and Fitness Tips from a Veteran Trainer

After years as a train­er, Mike O’Don­nell com­piles and shares an extens­ive list of health and fit­ness tips.

As Jason said, there’s “a lot of good (and ques­tion­able) stuff in this list”. Here are my favour­ites:

  • Diet is 85% of where res­ults come from… for muscle and fat loss. Many don’t focus here enough.
  • If you eat whole foods that have been around for 1000s of years, you prob­ably don’t have to worry about count­ing cal­or­ies.
  • The eat low-fat advice was the biggest health dis­aster in the last 30 years.
  • The smartest train­er I know does not have a web­site or best selling ebook… as he is too busy train­ing real cli­ents. (Related.)
  • If you want to get bet­ter at run­ning… you run… at bik­ing… you bike… at a sport… you play that sport.
  • There is no one right way for any­thing… as 20 dif­fer­ent ways can get you res­ults.
  • Res­ults are just the simple yet import­ant things done on a con­sist­ent basis.
  • All diets fail over the long run….but life­style changes last.
  • The best thing any­one can do for their health/results is to just try new thing­s… see how their body adapts and respond­s… and learn how to take total con­trol no mat­ter life may throw at them in the future.

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Summarising Joel on Software

Now that Joel Spol­sky has ‘retired’ from blog­ging at Joel on Soft­ware (in the format the site has been known for, at least), Jan Willem Boer is read­ing the entire back-cata­logue of entries and con­dens­ing the know­ledge with­in each essay into a single sen­tence (or two).

The res­ult is a stun­ning list of tips on run­ning a small busi­ness, pro­gram­ming best prac­tices, pro­ductiv­ity tips, tech­nic­al hir­ing prac­tices and entre­pren­eur­ship.

The series:

Writing Tips for Non-Writers

Mul­tiple Hugo Award-win­ner and Star­gate Uni­verse cre­at­ive con­sult­ant John Scalzi offer­s ten writ­ing tips for non-pro­fes­sion­al writers:

  1. Speak what you write.
  2. Punc­tu­ate, damn you.
  3. With sen­tences, short­er is bet­ter than longer.
  4. Learn to frig­gin’ spell.
  5. Don’t use words you don’t really know.
  6. Gram­mar mat­ters, but not as much as anal gram­mar Nazis think it does.
  7. Front-load your point.
  8. Try to write well every single time you write.
  9. Read people who write well.
  10. When in doubt, sim­pli­fy.

This, from Try to write well every single time you write:

I have friends who I know can write well who send me the most awful e‑mail and IMs because they fig­ure it does­n’t mat­ter how many rules of gram­mar and spelling they stomp on because it’s just e‑mail and IM. But if you actu­ally want to be a bet­ter writer, you have to be a bet­ter writer every time you write. It won’t kill you to write a com­plete sen­tence in IM or e‑mail, you know. The more you do it, the bet­ter you’ll get at it until it will actu­ally be more dif­fi­cult to write poorly in e‑mail and IM than not.

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Eliciting Quality Feedback

Feed­back is import­ant, there’s no doubt, but obtain­ing qual­ity feed­back that is hon­est and of use can be dif­fi­cult.

After spend­ing an even­ing with a per­son “obli­vi­ous to the social dynam­ics” of a situ­ation, Ben Cas­nocha provides tips on obtain­ing hon­est feed­back:

  • For feed­back on spe­cif­ics – such as your par­ti­cip­a­tion at a din­ner or a piece of writ­ing – […] pro­act­ively ask for it.
  • It’s harder to get feed­back on more per­man­ent per­son­al­ity traits or long-stand­ing habits, so ask for “ideas” or, if appro­pri­ate, for feed­back via the Nohari and Johari exer­cises.
  • If you give blunt feed­back, you are actu­ally less likely to get blunt feed­back in return. The law of reci­pro­city does not apply.
  • Con­sider how close you are to a per­son who is provid­ing feed­back and how that will affect their response(s).

Penelope Trunk offers some more advice on receiv­ing… advice:

  • Pay atten­tion to your crit­ics.
  • Real­ise that our prob­lems are not unique.
  • Less exper­i­ence often means bet­ter advice.
  • Be wary of people whose lives look per­fect.
  • Stick with people who give you bad advice.

That first item from Trunk is identic­al to the one piece of ‘feed­back advice’ that I’ve sub­scribed to since I heard it dur­ing Randy Pausch’s Last Lec­ture:

  • Listen to your crit­ics. “When you’re screw­ing up and nobody’s say­ing any­thing to you any­more, that means they gave up”.

100 Tips for Providing Perfect Restaurant Service

Bruce Buschel–author, co-cre­at­or of a music­al, dir­ect­or and producer–is open­ing a sea­food res­taur­ant in New York. In his Small Busi­ness column for The New York Times he offers 100 tips to ‘res­taur­ant staffers’ (wait­ing staff) on how to behave front of house (that’s the first 50 tips; here are the second 50).

I (unex­pec­tedly) found myself agree­ing with every item on this list. If only all res­taur­ants were like this.

The series ends with a fit­ting quote that we can all learn from:

Your most unhappy cus­tom­ers are your greatest source of learn­ing.

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