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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.

via @finiteattention

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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