Posts by Greg Wells

#100: All about purpose and meaning with Dr. John Izzo

April, 24th 2018

This was a very special conversation with my friend and colleague Dr. John Izzo. We explore purpose and meaning and how connecting with purpose can help you lead a great life both professionally and personally. We even talk about what you can learn from a man and his goat on the side of Mt. Etna!

Here’s a little more about John:

Dr. John Izzo has been a pioneer on creating successful businesses and emerging work trends for over twenty-five years. Izzo was a pioneer on employee engagement and social responsibility with his book Awakening Corporate Soul (1994), a trail blazer on shifting generational values when he wrote Values Shift-The New Work Ethic (2000), showed how individuals shape the future with Stepping Up (2014) and now is blazing a new trail showing business why a rising class of people worldwide will shape the economy of the future with his forthcoming book The Purpose Revolution. This rising class is not one of nationality, income, race or gender but one that aspires to have a good life while doing good.

He has spoken to over one million people, advised over 500 companies, authored six bestselling books and helped some of the world’s most admired companies. Known for his compelling combination of leading edge research, riveting storytelling, practical ideas to make a difference starting now and a keen sense of where the future is going your organization will leave inspired and ready to act. His clients have included IBM, Qantas, the Mayo Clinic, Verizon, RBC, TELUS, Westjet, DuPont, Humana, Microsoft and McDonalds.

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Rethinking Vacations: Why unplugging while on vacation is the best thing for you – and your team

April, 23rd 2018

When were you last on a truly relaxing, restorative, health-building vacation? I’m talking downed tools and time completely away from normal life. Before you answer, check all of the points below that apply:

  • You were entirely “unproductive” – you may have been engaged in meaningful and even challenging activities (running a 10K, learning how to scuba dive, cooking French cuisine), but you did not contribute toward your work life.
  • You didn’t feel stressed or worry about what was happening in the “real world.”
  • You didn’t check email or other work-related communications.
  • You made arrangements in advance to arrive back to an empty email inbox.
  • You returned home and to work feeling like a new you.

That’s the ideal, so you may not have covered all the bases. But I’m going to explain why you should be reaching toward that ideal. It’s not just to take proper care of yourself and your loved ones – which is highly important – but also to improve your work performance, that of your team, and the success of your business.

There is data to support these claims. Project: Time Off, an initiative of the US Travel Association, has conducted large surveys of Americans on their attitudes toward and use of vacation time. It has also accessed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis on vacation activity and paid time off.

Their findings are instructive. It turns out that vacation use has been in a steady decline since 2000, from 20 days per year to 16 days per year, which is nearly a full week less than in 1976-2000. Things have improved slightly since then with 17.2 days of vacation taken per employee in 2017 but a majority of the working population – 52% – still reported having unused vacation days at the end of the year.

I’m guessing you’re not surprised.

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BRAIN BOOSTING FOODS

April, 23rd 2018

Key points:

 1. Good nutrition is critical for your brain to function optimally.

2. Slow-digesting complex carbohydrates fuel your brain for thinking, solving problems, being creative, and instilling memories.

3. High-quality fats are used to build the structures in and around your nerves that help to speed communication between neurons.

4. Healthy proteins provide the precursors for the neurotransmitters used to communicate between nerve cells.

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What a bike ride across Africa taught me about expectations

April, 18th 2018

The impact of learning to being in the moment

When I was finishing up my doctorate at the University of Toronto, I got a call from my dad out of the blue. He was listening to an interview with a man named Henry Gold who was putting together the first group to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town, crossing the entire continent in the process. Dad knew I was really into cycling and had loved Africa ever since I visited Tanzania with my sister who worked for the UN. He said, “You have to listen to this.”

I flipped on the radio and caught the final few minutes. It sounded incredible. So I called Henry, and it turned out his office was about two kilometres away from where I worked. When I got there, he had this huge map of Africa with the route mapped out in highlighter. We talked for a while and then Henry said, “You should come with us.”

I had just the right amount of money lying around and was almost finished my degree, so I would be able to take five months off for the expedition. I defended my PhD in February in Toronto and then flew out to join the group. It was -30 degrees Celsius when I left. I was a bit late because I had to do my defense, so they had already departed. I flew into Khartoum, Sudan, in the middle of the Sahara Desert. It was 52 degrees Celsius on my first day there – an 80 degree swing in a 24-hour period.

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#99: All about body language with Mark Bowden

April, 17th 2018

Welcome back! This week I chat to body language expert Mark Bowden. We go deep on how our body positioning influences thinking – both of the people we are talking to and our own! We also chat about confidence, fear, and how to use body language positively.

Here’s a little more about Mark:

Mark was voted #1 in the world’s top 30 Body Language Professionals for two years running by Global Gurus for his world class communication techniques, in which he trains leading business people, teams, presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and Prime Ministers of G8 powers. Mark is on faculty as business presentation trainer for The Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA, ranked #1 in the world by The Economist.

Mark’s publications include the bestselling Winning Body Language (McGraw Hill 2010); Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals (Mc Graw Hill 2012); and Tame the Primitive Brain – 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work (Wiley 2013). Mark is also the co-creator of online training product Presentation Genius™, one of the most exciting ways to master your presentation and facilitation skills, accessible on any handheld device. Mark is honored to be a member of the TED community, with a highly viewed TEDx Toronto talk, and his YouTube Channel has over 1 million views. He can be seen regularly on daytime TV as Body Language expert for Canadian Broadcaster CTV’s The Social.

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How to shift your approach to mental health and learn to regulate your emotions: a conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt (part 6 / 6)

April, 12th 2018

This Q&A was adapted from my podcast conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt that aired on March 8th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://drgregwells.com/be-better/dr-bill-howatt/. As Chief Research and Development Officer at Morneau Shepell, Bill is an internationally recognized expert in mental health who has spent 25 years helping employees, patients and leaders achieve their potential. Bill has a PhD in Organizational Psychology, did post-doctoral training at UCLA, has developed programs with organizations like the Conference Board of Canada and the University of New Brunswick, and is author of numerous books and articles, including regular contributions to The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Greg Wells: Let’s say someone has been dealing with some mental health issues and they are beginning to realize that they are on their way toward a mental illness. Or they just begin to realize that their mental health is compromised. Or they think, “Oh my gosh, yeah, I’ve been feeling really bad for a long time.” What should they do to make a shift back towards mental health?

Dr. Bill Howatt: Great question. I’ll walk through a little bit of framework. Just like getting bloodwork done, the first thing to do is establish a mental health baseline. There are lots of tests to help you do this. It’s one reasons why I worked with The Globe and Mail to create Your Life At Work. It’s a free online tool that you use to get a baseline of your quality of life at work and at home. It’s similar to the Total Health Index we created at Morneau Shepell. It helps a person get a baseline of their coping skills.

GW: What happens next? 

BH: Step two is very much like what you did in school. There were skills you learned: your ABCs, reading and writing, the times tables. With mental health, these are what we call “developmental coping skills.” They are qualities such as interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, self-efficacy or locus of control – the notion that you are in charge of your life. There are about eight or ten of them that we all need to apply in our lives. Those developmental coping skills are a kind of a foundation.

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Mental health vs. mental Illness: a conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt (part 5 / 6)

April, 12th 2018

This Q&A was adapted from my podcast conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt that aired on March 8th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://drgregwells.com/be-better/dr-bill-howatt/. As Chief Research and Development Officer at Morneau Shepell, Bill is an internationally recognized expert in mental health who has spent 25 years helping employees, patients and leaders achieve their potential. Bill has a PhD in Organizational Psychology, did post-doctoral training at UCLA, has developed programs with organizations like the Conference Board of Canada and the University of New Brunswick, and is author of numerous books and articles, including regular contributions to The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Greg Wells: I have noticed that in the educational and corporate settings I work in, people tend to see mental health and mental illness as versions of the same thing, with mental health viewed as the more positive term. How do you break those two apart and what relationship do they have to each other?

Dr. Bill Howatt: People confuse mental illness with mental health. You can think of mental illness as one axis – from low to high – and mental health as another axis. I have seen lots of patients and employees with severe mental illness who achieve excellent mental health through supports and treatment. And vice versa; people without any kind of mental illness can be dealing with poor mental health, stress and negativity that have a significant impact on their quality of life.

GW: That is a really important distinction. 

BH: Yes. I can’t take the credit for the idea. I got it when the CEO of the Mental Health Commission, Louise Bradley, and I wrote an article together. We used Keyes Research and they did a nice job of splitting the two concepts apart.

If we think about physical health, we can ask ourselves what we do with our intention to have good physical health. The big ones are exercise, diet, and rest. Most of us know there’s something we can do for our physical health. And even if a person doesn’t do anything about it, they know how an absence of those actions or decisions can lead to a chronic disease, obesity or some other health issue. We tend to accept that something bad can happen if you’re not paying attention to your body.

GW: And that idea can be applied to mental health.

BH: Exactly. When I ask people what they did today to support and build their mental health, many of them look at me like I have three heads. I get the same response if I ask them what they did today to build their resiliency. So I try to simplify it. What did you do this morning to wake up and guarantee that you’re going to be happy and have a wonderful day?

We know happiness is an ideal state of feeling well about yourself. It’s a state of wellbeing. So, clearly there’s a thermometer where we can be negative or positive, feel happy or sad. It’s the emotional version of the weather. Sunny, rainy, cloudy, rainy. That’s your mental health.

The catch is that most people don’t realize that when they get stuck in negative emotions, there is a good chance they may not ask for help. One out of every five Canadians ends up with a mental health issue, but only one out of every three of those five will ask for help, despite the fact that reaching out for help has an 89% success rate for people struggling with their mental health. That’s partly why it is the biggest chronic disease on the planet right now. It’s a $2.5 trillion problem globally. Bigger than all cancers and cardiovascular diseases combined.

GW: So what’s the link to mental illness?

BH: In general, if a person has had mental health symptoms for more than six months, the medical criteria indicate they now have a mental illness. If people don’t get help early with their challenging depression or anxiety before it hits that point, their situation usually progresses to becoming a mental illness. The root cause may not be genetic. It could be psycho-social.

The way I try to explain the importance of getting help is to point out that delaying messes around with brain chemistry. If you don’t deal with how you’re actually feeling and thinking about the world, it can change your brain chemistry to the point where your neurotransmitters are altered. For example, a person who has severe depression is in a very difficult situation because their levels of serotonin are so low. It’s chemistry.

GW: What do you advise in terms of being proactive about mental health?

BH: I try to get people to be aware that they can deal with mental health through their daily outlook on life. I try to show them that we can protect ourselves a great deal by learning how to deal with how we think and process the world. When that doesn’t happen, that’s when people begin to face all the challenges around mental illness. It’s not all just genetic. I think that’s what people need to know. In fact, probably 35% of all the short-term disabilities happening in workplaces are basically adjustment disorders, which is a form of psycho-social stress such as how people deal with home and work.

So that’s it. I try to make sure people understand that mental health and mental illness are not the same thing, but that one can actually lead to the other.

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Getting unstuck emotionally by understanding that we all have two different brains: a conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt (part 4 / 6)

April, 12th 2018

This Q&A was adapted from my podcast conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt that aired on March 8th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://drgregwells.com/be-better/dr-bill-howatt/. As Chief Research and Development Officer at Morneau Shepell, Bill is an internationally recognized expert in mental health who has spent 25 years helping employees, patients and leaders achieve their potential. Bill has a PhD in Organizational Psychology, did post-doctoral training at UCLA, has developed programs with organizations like the Conference Board of Canada and the University of New Brunswick, and is author of numerous books and articles, including regular contributions to The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Greg Wells: Bill, you have said that one thing most people don’t realize is that we all have two brains. You have talked about how this has an impact on our mental health and can cause us to get stuck emotionally. You have said that can mean we end up getting stuck. Can you explain that for us? 

Dr. Bill Howatt: We have our executive, or conscious, brain – what you can call the “new” brain. And then we have a limbic brain – the “old” brain. When you are under a lot of stress, the executive functioning kind of turns off and you get trapped in your emotions. When you are caught in them, you can be really discouraged, and it can be very hard to just pop out.

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Changing your thinking about stress: a conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt (part 3 / 6)

April, 12th 2018

This Q&A was adapted from my podcast conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt that aired on March 8th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://drgregwells.com/be-better/dr-bill-howatt/. As Chief Research and Development Officer at Morneau Shepell, Bill is an internationally recognized expert in mental health who has spent 25 years helping employees, patients and leaders achieve their potential. Bill has a PhD in Organizational Psychology, did post-doctoral training at UCLA, has developed programs with organizations like the Conference Board of Canada and the University of New Brunswick, and is author of numerous books and articles, including regular contributions to The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Greg Wells: Bill, I am often asked about strategies for coping with stress. You have a unique way of seeing stress that turns conventional thinking on its head. Can you tell us about it?

Dr. Bill Howatt: Lots of folks see stress as a bad thing. In reality, there are two types, stress and distress, which are two related but different states. In general, I see stress as positive and distress as problematic.

I try to point out to folks that they experience stress when there is a difference between what they want and what they have. When that happens, there are really two ways you are going to deal with it. One is to take a problem-focused approach and say, “Okay. There is a difference between what I want and what I have. This is a problem. This is a challenge. This is a stressor. I just need to lean into it and deal with it.”

The other direction you can go is to feel so overwhelmed that you shut down and end up moving into coping exclusively from emotion, where you can get stuck. The longer you stay in emotional coping, the more you start to move away from good stress into distress. At that point, people tend to gravitate toward anxiety and either start to speed up and feel more anxious or shut down and feel depressed, sad, and blue. Both of those states are a reaction to getting stuck. Even when the effects of stress have really built up for someone, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have a mental health issue or a mental illness. It just means they are under pressure and this is how they are coping.

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#98: Is failure necessary for success? My thoughts on the Charles Adler Show

April, 5th 2018

Here’s a conversation with me and Charles Adler all about failure and success.

Let me know what you think!

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The importance of failure in building mental health: a conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt (part 2 / 6)

March, 30th 2018

This Q&A was adapted from my podcast conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt that aired on March 8th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://drgregwells.com/be-better/dr-bill-howatt/. As Chief Research and Development Officer at Morneau Shepell, Bill is an internationally recognized expert in mental health who has spent 25 years helping employees, patients and leaders achieve their potential. Bill has a PhD in Organizational Psychology, did post-doctoral training at UCLA, has developed programs with organizations like the Conference Board of Canada and the University of New Brunswick, and is author of numerous books and articles, including regular contributions to The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Greg Wells: Bill, you had an experience in university that changed your perception of failure. Can you tell us about it?

Dr. Bill Howatt: I was lucky enough to have a mentor in university who taught me how to drive my own bus — to understand I could make decisions for myself and wasn’t dependent on what other people thought. I started making my own choices and seeing that while I would have some failures, I would also begin to build resiliency. It’s a version of what Edison meant when he said that the only way you are going to succeed is by trying. Mastery grows out of failure.

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A deep Q&A about mental health with Dr. Bill Howatt from the Dr. Greg Wells Podcast (part 1 / 6)

March, 30th 2018

This Q&A was adapted from my podcast conversation with Dr. Bill Howatt that aired on March 8th, 2018. You can listen to the interview here: http://drgregwells.com/be-better/dr-bill-howatt/. As Chief Research and Development Officer at Morneau Shepell, Bill is an internationally recognized expert in mental health who has spent 25 years helping employees, patients and leaders achieve their potential. Bill has a PhD in Organizational Psychology, did post-doctoral training at UCLA, has developed programs with organizations like the Conference Board of Canada and the University of New Brunswick, and is author of numerous books and articles, including regular contributions to The Globe and Mail.

Overcoming mental health challenges: the story of Dr. Bill Howatt’s personal and professional journey

Dr. Greg Wells: Bill, can you start us off by describing your expertise?

 Dr. Bill Howatt: The central emphasis of my work is helping leaders remove barriers that are limiting them from achieving their potential. I focus on helping people learn to think differently, so they can positively impact their quality of life. The biggest factor is what happens between their ears. What they are capable of doing begins with what they believe they’re capable of doing. So I’m kind of in the helping people learn to believe in themselves business.

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#97 Perspective Gained from a Life Lived “All-In”: Dr. Greg Wells on Pairing Success with Optimal Health

March, 13th 2018

Hi everyone! Today I want to share an interview I did on I Heart My Life podcast with my friends Emily and James Williams. Here’s more about Emily Williams – the show’s host:

Emily Williams is a success coach, entrepreneur, and author with a seven-figure business who, at one point, couldn’t get a job at Starbucks. After experiencing a quarter life crisis, she moved from Ohio to London (where she knew no one!) and in 2014 launched her business, I Heart My Life. She made $442 in her first month—and then went on to hit six figures in six months, before her 30th birthday. She grew it to seven figures in under 18 months. Today, she works with female entrepreneurs all over the world, helping them bust through the obstacles that hold their dreams and goals hostage so they can free themselves to live the lives they want, build their own online business and hit their money goals. She’s been featured in Money, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Forbes and Success Magazine.

 You can learn more about her here:
https://www.iheartmylife.com/

Here’s what the show covers in this episode:

You say you want success (all of us do!), but are you actually setting yourself up for success? Is your community, mindset and physical health supporting you as you create a life better than your dreams? If not, this episode will teach you how to make powerful changes in your life, so you can reach the success you desire. During this episode of the IHML Show, we talk with Dr. Greg Wells, Ph.D., a physiologist and an exercise medicine researcher at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and a professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto. Throughout his career, Greg has authored two best-selling books and has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals, world championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

Greg was only 15-years-old when he was involved in a serious swimming accident. Although he was told he’d never swim again, Greg still managed to strive forward thanks to a positive mindset and supportive team environment. His miraculous recovery sparked his interest in the human body and taught him how powerful a strong mindset could be. Just after earning his Ph.D., Greg set out on the Tour de Freak, a cycling adventure that led him across the African continent. His journey left him with a new perspective on life and a passion for inspiring others to make a genuine impact on the world around them. After a serious health scare in 2012, Greg made positive changes to his diet and lifestyle, and now teaches others how to do the same. By being just 1% better each day, he believes you can achieve a life better than your dreams.

This podcast appeared originally at this link: http-//americaoutloud.com/perspective-gained-from-a-life-lived-all-in-pairing-success-with-optimal-health/

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#96 All about Mental Health with Dr. Bill Howatt

March, 8th 2018

Hi podcast universe! This week we’re talking all about mental health. To help us figure out this complicated and very important topic I called up my friend Dr. Bill Howatt.

With over 25 years of experience, Bill Howatt Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doc Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC, is highly skilled and qualified in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership. He has published numerous books and articles, such as: TalOp®: Taking the Guesswork Out of Management, the Howatt HR Elements Series, the Wiley Series on Addictions, Human Services Counselor’s ToolboxThe Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference, and The Addiction Counsellor’s Toolbox. He is the author of Beyond Engagement: The Employee Care Advantage and the creator of the Quality of Work Life (QWL) methodology and survey. He is also the co-author of behavioral engineering, a strategy that is aligned to the QWL that provides guidance on how to lead employees to facilitate behavioral change.

Dr. Howatt founded and authored the Certificate in Management Essentials program and Pathway to Coping, a nine-week coping skills training program for the University of New Brunswick. For five years he authored Coach’s Corner, a monthly business column in The Chronicle Herald. Today he is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail’s 9 to 5 business career column Leadership Lab. He has also partnered with The Globe and Mail for the national Your Life at Work Study, Quality of Life Survey, Quality of Student Life Survey and publishing of 360 In Vivo, and 13 PHS Factors on-line assessment tools. He is co-creator of V1 Coaching.com, an interactive software program used to facilitate the executive coaching process.

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#95: What we can learn from the Olympics - Dr. Wells on the Charles Adler Show

February, 15th 2018

Hi everyone! With the Olympics in full swing I thought I’d share with you an interview I did with Charles Adler all about what we can learn from the Olympics to make our lives better, to get healthier and to reach our potential!

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#94: Health Nutrition @ Work Q & A with Dr. Greg Wells

February, 13th 2018

Welcome back everyone! This is a session that I did with some amazing colleagues all about how to eat smarter and specifically how to eat smarter at work.

There are loads of great takeaways on this one – let me know what you think!

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#93: All about the limits of the human body and mind with the author of Endure, Alex Hutchinson

February, 6th 2018

This week we have returning guest Alex Hutchinson on the show. Here’s a little more about Alex in his own words:

I’m an author and journalist in Toronto. My primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which I cover for Outside (where I’m a contributing editor and write the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where I write the Jockology column), and Canadian Runningmagazine. I’ve also covered technology for Popular Mechanics(where I earned a National Magazine Award for my energy reporting) and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.

My latest book is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, and it will be published in February 2018. Before that, I wrote a practical guide to the science of fitness, called Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, which was published in 2011. I also wrote Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World, in 2009.

I actually started out as a physicist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge then a few years as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. National Security Agency, working on quantum computing and nanomechanics. During that time, I competed as a middle- and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team, mostly as a miler but also dabbling in cross-country and even a bit of mountain running. I still run most days, enjoy the rigors of hard training, and occasionally race. But I hate to think how I’d do on an undergraduate physics exam.

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#92: Excelling with Grace - all about yoga, health and performance with Jeff Grace

January, 30th 2018

This week we do a deep dive into yoga, mental health, and building a career that is in alignment with your health and dreams with Jeff Grace. Here’s a little more about Jeff in his won words:

I began practicing yoga in 2001. I was attracted to it because of both the physical and psychological benefits you can gain from developing a personal practice. Yoga has helped me to improve both my performance in several sporting pursuits and my overall wellness.

I am trained in vinyasa (flow), hatha, yin, restorative and advanced therapeutic yoga practices. I also have 20 years of experience in the coaching profession. During that time I have developed a unique and proven teaching methodology that has help many people achieve their athletic goals at every level.

I have now applied that methodology to what and how I teach people while on the yoga mat. Throughout my life I have dealt with many health challenges which have included athletic injuries such as shoulder tendinitis, several bone breaks, multiple concussions and a herniated disc.

My most significant and life altering injury was due to a car accident that happened in 2010. The injuries I sustained in the accident led me to eventually need spinal surgery. After my spinal surgery my medical team and I used yoga as part of my rehabilitation.

Incredibly in five months we were able to reach our goal of getting of becoming healthy enough to take my 200-hour yoga teacher training.

I have also been challenged with a mental illness. In 2001 I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. Since that time I have been able to develop and use a wellness plan that has been very successful. A big part of that plan is my personal yoga practice. Although I still suffer the symptoms of this illness they have become a lot less significant. A huge contributing factor in my wellness has been the mindfulness practices involved in yoga and my improved body awareness, which allows me to have a greater understanding of how my symptoms effective not only my emotions, but my physical wellbeing.

Because of these experiences I have gained a huge insight on how to apply a yoga practice in a way that helps promote wellness both physically and psychologically.

You can learn more about Jeff and his work at his website http://www.excelwithgrace.ca/.

Here are a few of the videos Jeff created for listeners of this podcast:

A Morning Yoga Practice to Start Your Day the Right Way
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viBBQmEomIA
A Yoga Practice for a Sound Sleep
https://youtu.be/q6m2Z2EPUaQ

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#91: All about the science of biohacking health and performance with Ben Greenfield

January, 23rd 2018

This week we get to chat to one of the world’s leading biohacking and health experts Ben Greenfield.  Here is a little more about Ben:

Raised in rural North Idaho, he was homeschooled K-12.

He was a complete nerd. President of the chess club, played violin for 13 years, wrote fantasy fiction and spent most of his childhood years with his nose in a book.

Ben graduated at 15.

He began college at 16, playing singles and doubles for the men’s tennis team.

For four years, Ben studied anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pharmaceuticals, microbiology, biochemistry and nutrition, eventually rising to the top of his class, completing an internship at Duke University and the National Football League, then graduating in 2004 at 20 years old as the top senior in his class at University of Idaho – all while working as a bartender, personal trainer, lab assistant, nutritionist, spinning instructor, athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach. While attaining a 4.0 GPA in his advanced science courses, he competed as president of the triathlon club, middle for the men’s volleyball team, holeset for the water polo team and was a muscle-bound bodybuilder at 215 pounds and 3% body fat.

Ben was then accepted into six medical schools, but opted to instead attain a master’s degree in exercise physiology and biomechanics, after which, in 2005, he leapt hardcore into the fitness world, partnering with physicians and opening a series of personal training studios, gyms and physiology and biomechanics labs across North Idaho and Eastern Washington, and eventually being voted as America’s top personal trainer in 2008.

While building his empire in the brick-and-mortar fitness industry, Ben competed as one of the top ranked amateur triathletes in the world, completing over 120 races and 12 Ironman triathlons while racing for the elite Team Timex multisport team, winning gold medal for the USA in long course triathlon, and leading squads of swim, bike and run enthusiasts in guided adventures through Hawaii, Thailand, Japan and beyond.

Eventually, Ben became the father of twin sons and pivoted into media, writing, speaking and consulting, launching one of the world’s first fitness podcasts, becoming a New York Times bestselling author of “Beyond Training” and 13 books, designing and creating the Christian Gratitude Journal , and starting a blog that now reaches over a million rabid fans each month. During this time, while making a name for himself as a relentless self-experimenter and biohacker, Ben became a professional obstacle course racer, completing the coveted Spartan Delta, training with the Navy SEALs, competing across the globe in open water swims, mountain runs and adventure races, winning multiple USA bowhunting competitions, and appearing on the planet’s toughest reality TV shows.

In 2013 and 2014, Ben was named as one of the world’s top 100 most influential people in health and fitness, and by 2015, Ben was coaching the world’s top CEO’s, chefs, biohackers, poker players, tennis, motocross and endurance competitors, and professional athletes from the UFC, the NHL, the NBA, the NFL and beyond – all while advising and investing in top companies in the health, fitness and nutrition industry.

From his quiet home on 10 acres in the forested wilderness of Washington state, Ben now creates step-by-step solutions – from supplements and fitness gear, to coaching and consulting, to education and media – for the world’s hard-charging, high-achievers to live a truly limitless life with fully optimized minds, bodies and spirits. Whether you want to become the complete mental athlete with a flawless brain and nervous system, attain an ideal human body that fires on all cylinders from performance to beauty to hormones and beyond, or achieve true and lasting health, happiness, and longevity, Ben combines intense time-in-the-trenches with ancestral wisdom and modern science to make your dreams a reality. Get everything you need now at BenGreenfieldFitness.com.

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