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Book Review: The Orange Revolution

December 22nd 2010

How One Great Team Can Transform an Entire Organization

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Author : Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

First off, I have to say I love the topic of scientific animations.  There are however many books on the subject of change that give unfounded advice and tips and anecdotes from personal experience that is not then easily applied to other situations.  This book is quite the opposite of that and I am happy to say this book is based entirely on data for its conclusions and everything in it is backed up by a huge 350,000 person survey that was used to identify the characteristics and behaviors of the most effective teams.  That is the other element of this book that makes it so wonderful, all of the aspects of change are from the perspective of teams and teamwork in organization and it is easily the best book I’ve read on the subject so far.  The authors Gostick and Elton clearly outline their findings and how they break down great teams into specific actions that can not only easily be understood, but replicated since it covers the behaviors of what they do and how they act, instead of their opinions or thoughts on the subject by themselves. The book has a wide range of team topics and it reinforces some of the best practices, which the authors call the basic 4 plus recognition, which are:

  • Goal Setting
  • Communication
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • +Recognition

With each of these areas, there are short point form lists of specific actions that people on breakthrough teams do for each of the 4+ areas.  I found these lists to be extremely valuable and a great resource for considering performance, creating regular feedback to encourage and excellent measures for any transformational team.  Beyond the basics and these excellent examples of each of those elements, I also really how there is a strong focus though the book on what you can do to actually cultivate a team.  This is immensely valuable for any leader and it was explored in a variety of ways to help you gain a high level of engagement from everyone in the team.  There are 3 basic concepts behind the breakthrough teams in the research and they are:

  • Wow – One word that describes everything from excellence and high standards to impressing customers do more than is expected
  • No Surprises – All team members are involved understanding expectations, having open debates and sharing ideas with everyone.
  • Cheer – The team fully supports and roots for each other, appreciating great work and encouraging the best.

From the research, Gostick and Elton cite many worldly examples and they develop their case well with these examples of exceptional teamwork and results.  Overall, I was pleasantly impressed reading the book, pleased to see many of the examples and activities occurring in my own workplace and I’m happy to have learned many new techniques for enhancing my own team and organization.  I am impressed by their writing and thoroughly enjoyed the book and I recommend it to anyone leading a team, interested in leading a team or any managers or executives with influence about the culture or teamwork occurring in their organization.  For a sample of Gostick and Elton’s writing, you can see the guest post they authored here a couple months back called, Risky Business: It’s One Way to Build a Breakthrough Team.

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Take Back your Life: Looking for a Career Change

December 17th 2010

I have another great guest post to share this week on the topic of career change. The article is written by Olivia McHenery. I’m happy to see her using a concept from three signs of a miserable job, a fantastic book by Patrick Lencioni, I just recently reviewed.

Have you ever caught yourself saying these things or asking these questions?

  • “I hate my job.”
  • “I never have time to do anything I want because of work.”
  • “I never get to see my family.”
  • “I thought life began after college?”

Do you hate your job? Maybe at scientific animations? Is your career keeping you from living a life as fully as possible? You’re not alone: Recent studies have found that 6 in 10 workers are unhappy in their current job(s). Job security has become increasingly scarce and is more important to many people than actually loving what they do. However, if you are laboring in a career you genuinely don’t enjoy, you may be hurting yourself more than your paycheck is helping. The stress associated with working in a job that is not satisfying and/or stimulating can take years off your lifeline, take a toll on your family and marriage, and cause full blown depression and anxiety attacks.

Nevertheless, before you march into your boss’s office and quit, assess whether or not you are exhibiting the three signs of job misery:

1.) Anonymity – Feeling that management and leadership does not care about or value you as an individual with a unique life, goals, and interests.

2.) Irrelevance – You do not see how your job makes a difference, or impacts anybody’s life in any way. The tasks you do have no meaning or end result that you can tangibly see and/or feel.

3.) Immeasurement – Inability to measure your successes and contributions to your employer.

If you are experiencing all three of these signs, it is time for you to really consider whether or not you want to stick with your current job, or start looking into a career change. Despite any reluctance, you must ask yourself, what is your joy and happiness worth to you? There are several steps you need to go through when planning a career change, and they certainly do not begin with quitting your current job. You can start your career change plan years in advance, putting yourself in a better position when it’s time to take the plunge.

1.) Assess what you like and what you dislike.

Even if your current job is the worst thing you have ever done, there is bound to be at least one thing about it that you enjoy. Can this enjoyable aspect of your job become a new career path for you? And in finding the activities you loathe about your current position, ask yourself what, if anything, would make these activities more enjoyable. From here, make a list of activities you really enjoy outside of the office and add this to your “likes” column. The key point in doing this exercise is rediscovering yourself; your passions, and what motivates you.

2.) Research new and alternative careers, focusing on what you discovered in step 1.

Now that you have rediscovered your passions, spend some time identifying careers that will center on these passions or will be complimented by them. Talk to professionals you respect about your decision to change careers and pick their brain(s) for ideas that will allow you to utilize your passions and form them into a career.

3.) What are your transferable skills?

Don’t underestimate the skills you have acquired in your present occupation. Use your current skills, experiences, and talents that are applicable to your chosen career path and accentuate them. Most likely, you already possess a good pool of skills that will transfer seamlessly into your new career.   It’s also a wise idea to become familiar with at
least one software product that can be used in many office jobs, such as Quickbooks Online for Accountants.

4.) Education, Training, and Schooling

An old adage states, “You never stop learning.” Be that as it may, your learning can become stagnant and your knowledge irrelevant. When plotting out a career change, it may be necessary to enroll in some online courses to supplement your skills with some new knowledge. This will apply regardless of what your new career path is. Want to be a massage therapist? Enroll in an online massage therapy school. Interested in pursuing accounting? You can get your MBA online in as little as two years. With enough planning, forethought, and perseverance, you can have a degree that will be relevant to your chosen career path before you leave your current job.

5.) Networking

Many professionals who are making a career change think they must build a new network from the ground up, neglecting the network they already have in place but are not fully cognizant of: family, friends, and colleagues. Utilize them for job leads and advice, and plug in to social gatherings that will help advance your career. In addition, join a professional organization or guild for the career you are shooting for, and attend their meetings, and be active on their message board(s).

6.) Internship or volunteer position

Remember that you are basically starting your career from scratch again. Taking an internship (paid or unpaid) or a volunteer position within your chosen field is an outstanding way to get valuable experience that will make you far more attractive as a job candidate.

7.) Search out an adviser

Preferably someone who has had success in your chosen field, but is also familiar with the potential pitfalls and traps that lie ahead. You can also plug into your adviser’s network and find your future job this way. If you don’t feel comfortable asking somebody to be your adviser, man up and drop your pride off at the door; most professionals will be honored that you are asking them to advise you and will be glad to take you under their wing.

8.) Consider changing careers, but not employers

Since you already have your foot firmly in the door at your current employer, inquire as to whether they have any positions there that will line up with your new career. It may be as simple as transferring departments, saving you months of time and hassle in the job search.

9.) Brush up on your job-hunting skills

Things have changed significantly in the job-search world in the past 10 years. There are numerous free tutorials online that will prepare you for what’s out there in the job hunting wilderness, and will equip you with the weapons you will need to survive and thrive.

10.) Be open-minded

Things are most likely going to change for you dramatically now that you’re changing careers. You need to keep an open mind and be flexible regarding your status, pay, benefits, and relocation. Expect some bumps in the road and maintain a positive attitude that while change is hard, change is also good. Set progressive goals for yourself with reasonable time tables and feasible outcomes. Ironically, quitting your current, misery inducing job may be a very hard decision for you to make. There is going to be a certain level of fear and trepidation that will nag at you while you are running through the ten steps, and you may want to throw in the towel and play it safe because of this. Just remember WHY you are pursuing a new career path and play your life’s tape forward: How satisfied with life do you want to be in 20 years?

Bio: Olivia is married and the mother of 3 daughters. She studied Communications and Business in college. She works in maintenance for an online schools website. In her spare time she likes to create bouquets and various flower arrangements for miscellaneous events.

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Unnoticed Significance

December 12th 2010

I’ts funny how life presents itself and the situations you encounter in life.  Sometimes you seem to know exactly what’s important or significant in life but then you suddenly start to notice that often its the little things that are really impacting you.  I seem to continue to discover these little things, usually without looking and its these little things that usually have the real significance.  Whenever these things occur in my life, they seem to really touch a nerve and impact me for a long time.  I have one simple example of why this subject just resurfaced for me.

The other night, my wife and I had just sat down to pizza we had ordered.  Not so strangely, the doorbell rang, the dogs went nuts and I had to get up to answer the door.  Even though I never answer the phone while I’m sitting down to eat (that’s what voice mail is for afterall), I figure if someone is coming to the door, they at least deserve my answering it.  Often its someone doing a survey, selling something or fund raising.  However, you never know when its going to be a friend, a neighbor or someone really in need.  So, up I go to the door, sending the dogs away to check who’s there.  I step outside and an older man is standing below the steps bundled up from the cold weather, I greeting him and asked what I could do for him.

He was a very friendly man doing great medical animation, he explained that he noticed ice on my sidewalk and driveway and that he was going to chip it off and clean it up for me if I would spare him a glass a water and whatever I could give him for money.  I asked his name and he suddenly got much friendlier, telling me he was sorry for not introducing himself as “Sunny Jim” and he shook my hand.  He told me he had lived in this neighborhood for 28 years and that he has been homeless for 22 now.  Amazing and shocking!  He gave me every assurance he would do the walks, showed me he had his own tools to do it, and explained that he doesn’t beg for money, but he works for it.  Weather its window washing, snow shoveling, ice chipping or whatever.  He plays music at the local community mall as a service as well for the community to raise a few dollars.  I like his attitude on this instead of feeling that its begging, he really cares for this community and is why he still lives here and does his thing.  I let him get to work and offered him some pizza when he finished up and told him I would give him some money for doing the work as well.  I went back to finish my own pizza and to let Jim work and about 15 minutes later he knocked on the door again.

I saw that he had worked himself short of breath, cleared away much of the ice that had built up and was eager for that glass of water.  I gave him some cash, some pizza and a couple extra food items and chatted a bit more with him.  I ended up sitting down on our front steps outside with him for a good 15 minutes.  He had many stories to tell about people, his memorable points in life, things he has learned and had to deal with living homeless and inspiring stories about people helping him out and offering more than he could ever expect.  He told me about a few friends he had made in the neighborhood and I assured him he just made another one.

What struck me the most with Jim, was how bold he was to say whatever he wanted to say.  He had no reservation telling me how strong he was for an old guy, how he gets by finding things, making a few bucks and run ins he has had with the police.  I could tell he was simply desperate to tell his stories and he was incredibly gracious and appreciative for the little I helped him and more importantly, how thankful he was for what he did have.  He credited it all to knowing Jesus and being a Christian which is also why I quickly connected with him and had much to share.  I volunteer at a program at my Church called Inn From the Cold that houses homeless people overnight once a month and I’ve always been quite comfortable talking to them, sharing stories and seeing that joy in their eyes to have a hot meal, warm bed and a roof over their heads.  Jim took that even farther with having that same appreciation for life, even though he is someone who seems to have so little, in reality he has a lot!  He is willing to share, is open and honest and has an obvious appreciation and love for life.

Anyway, for a couple days now I’ve seen Jim in the neighborhood where I tended not to notice him before without knowing his name.  I certainly will not take him for granted, will stop to say hi and to share a story or two again with him when we cross paths again.  And that is quite likely as I bike to work near where he camps out near the river so it is bound to happen regularly.  So, our brief encounter and discussions certainly brings the homeless to the front of my mind in these rough winters here in Calgary and especially as we approach the Christmas season, those with few possessions may have more significance than we know in our life, our communities and in connections and friendships we could build.  I certainly don’t want to take people for granted based on how they live and I’m thankful to have seen the significance in this otherwise unnoticed neighbor.

Is there unnoticed significance in your life?  Are there people you ignore or pass by who might have a similar significance to you?  Maybe it is something unnoticed about your friends, your family or your colleagues.  Slow down, sit down with someone and spend that extra time with them to share some stories.  You might be surprised how significant it can be.  Also, do you have any similar encounters or stories of unnoticed significance you discovered in your life?  I’ve love to hear your stories.

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7 Quick Ways to Boost Your Creativity

December 6th 2010

The following is a guest article by Mark Tyrrell.  You can find more information and links to his website at the end of the article

My job drives me to be creative. As a hypnotherapist, I’m compelled to devise on-the-spot metaphors, paint pictures in my clients’ minds with the brush of my words, and bring out the best in people in a way accepted by even the most negatively biased.

Whatever you do – from captivating people with your conversation to playing tennis or writing an attention-grasping strap line for your genius product – upping your creative power will make life more fun, exciting, and rewarding. Because creativity isn’t just the jealous preserve of “arty types” meaningfully smoking cigarettes (e cigaretter med nikotin) in Parisian sky-lit studios, reciting Baudelaire whilst painting naked women as cubes. Anything and everything can be done more artfully, from pitching a ball to pitching an idea.

But to be creative on demand at great medical animation – to be reliable in your artfulness and idea production – that is a challenge. For example I call creative the people behind http://www.sproutwatches.com/.

Fortunately, science (which has more than its share of creative geniuses) has something to tell us about how we can reach out, grab, and pull inspiration up close rather than waiting endlessly for it to arrive in its own sweet time. So here are tried-and-tested ways to get you thinking, feeling, and being so far outside of the box you’ll forget ever being in one.

1) Go do something else

Have you ever struggled long and hard to recall someone’s name only to remember it hours later when you weren’t thinking about it? That desperately sought name pops into your mind whilst admiring the view or thinking about your tax return. Why? Because once you’ve primed yourself to work on a problem consciously, your subconscious will be working on it for you even when you’re not consciously thinking about it at all. In fact, that’s when creativity works best; when it springs directly from your subconscious without too much conscious interference.

Research found that when people are given an unrelated task to do after being asked to create a new idea, the ones who give their unconscious minds a chance to work (because they are focusing on something else) show remarkably more creativity than people who just focus on trying to be creative (1). So work on your problem for a while, and then go watch a movie or take a swim and forget about it…consciously.

2) Be spontaneous

Fear of having our ideas rejected or saying something “silly” melts creativity quicker than an ice cube left out to dry in Death Valley. So think about what the opposite of what you “should” do would be. What would be the dumbest idea? This frees you up to shake off the shackles of restrictive thought, have fun and joke around, and maybe just “by accident” make an enormous creative leap.

3) Prime yourself with absurdity

 

To get more creative, you need to be freed up to make connections and to see patterns – seeing the forest and the tress, not just nose down to the path.

In another study, participants read an absurd short story by Franz Kafka before completing a pattern recognition task (2). Compared with control participants, those who had read the short story showed an enhanced subconscious ability to recognize hidden patterns. So read Alice in WonderlandThe Hobbit, or the mind-altering fantasy of Terry Pratchett before getting to work on your own creative masterpiece.

 

4) Fast-forward in your mental time machine

Actually, this is a favourite technique of hypnotherapists: “age progression”, in which we hypnotically encourage people to go into the future and then describe how they overcame a particular current difficulty or creative dilemma. I’ve had people describe the most incredible creative solutions, which I’ve then encouraged them to try with amazing results; pure productive creativity.

Researchers (3) asked participants to think about what their lives would be like one year from now. These participants were more insightful and generated more creative solutions to problems than those who were thinking about what their lives would be like tomorrow. You don’t have to delve deeply into hypnosis to get creative; just really focus on imagining that you’re looking back from the future with “hindsight”.

 

5) Let plants grow fertile thoughts

Having a view of nature from a hospital window promotes more rapid healing; but for our purposes, Japanese psychologists also found that, in study after study, people displayed more creativity in office environments if potted plants were in view – as opposed to, say, just computer monitors.

In another study carried out over eight months, it was found that simply adding plants and flowers to an office increased male employees’ creative ideas by 15% and also encouraged more flexible creative solutions from their female colleagues (4). In yet more research, it’s been found that children behave more creatively when they play in nature.

So either get yourself a great natural view or invest in some potted plants and flowers.

6) Let abstract paintings prime your creative brain

Okay, “modern art” might not be your thing. Maybe you like to know exactly what you’re looking at and be assured that it’s something you couldn’t have done yourself. But it’s also been found that creativity at work goes up with the subliminal effect of abstract art hanging around.

Researchers found that the effect of having “modern paintings” on the walls is to make people more creative – whether they profess an interest in or liking for art or not, and whether or not they even consciously notice those paintings (5). So a bit of Rothko, Picasso, or Pollock may go a long way.

7) Let your bad moods be useful

Next time (heaven forbid) you find yourself in a bad mood, instead of wallowing in a resentful swirl of discontented grumpiness, use the intensity of your mood to generate creative connections. Good moods increase both problem solving and flexible thinking, and are generally seen as more conducive to creativity. But negative emotions also have the power to boost creativity. It seems that an intense emotional state (literally “within reason”) can jolt us off the rails of habitual one-track routine thinking. One study (6) of 161 employees found that creativity increased when both positive and negative emotions were running high.

So, calm contemplation of a problem might not be the best way to get creative. “Clearing the mind” may not be as good as distracting the conscious brain so that the subconscious mind can do its thing, feeling creatively grumpy, or hypnotically time travelling.

And remember, creativity doesn’t spring from tidy-mindedness or trying too hard; sometimes we have to learn to stand aside and let it happen.

This article was written by Mark Tyrrell, who creates all sorts of things on a regular basis, including 5 new hypnosis downloads per month on his main website.

References

(1)    Dijksterhuis, A. and Meurs, T. (2006) Where Creativity Resides: The Generative Power of Unconscious Thought. Consciousness and Cognition, 15, pages 135-46.=
(2)    Proulx (2009)
(3)    Forster et al. (2004)
(4)    This research was conducted by Robert Ulrich from Texas A and M University.
(5)    Forster, J., Friedman, R., Butterbach, E.M., and Sassenbach, K. (2005) Automatic Effects of Deviancy Cues on Creative Cognition. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35, pages 345-59.
(6)    George & Zhou (2007)

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Book Review: The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

November 29th 2010

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Author : Patrick Lencioni

This book is another to add to Lencioni’s great collection and this one tackles employee satisfaction and job fulfillment.  A topic not easy to write a story around I’m sure yet Lencioni does it again with his usual collection of strong characters and an interesting plot to demonstrate that a complex business issues such as employee satisfaction can in fact, be outlined and modeled.  The story itself is about a retiring CEO who finds himself mindlessly bored without some problems to fix in his retirement and ends up committing into a little local restaurant wanting to help turn it around from a place of misfit employees who really don’t care or even like their work to a thriving business and environment where those same employees not only like their jobs, but also learn to excel at them and maintain the desire to do well in their roles on their own.

I think the book is worth reading for anyone leading or managing in a company with employees and for anyone who works in a cubicle environment or any work environment where they really don’t feel a passion for their work, but don’t know why.  This book will help develop that level of engagement needed to excite employees and to teach some basic principles that work at all levels of an organization to make improvements in work culture and environment.

If you haven’t read any of Lencioni’s books, you are missing out on his fantastic fables and story telling he has become one of my favorite authors because of that.  I find I learn so much from his books and he drives home specific models and applications of the model through examples that it is easy to have applicable take aways from his books.  This one covers a simple model to use for recognizing the 3 signs of a miserable job:

  • Anonymity – people need to understand their jobs are important and necessary for the business and for other people or clients in the business.
  • Irrelevance – a danger when an employee does not know why their job is important, what impact it has or why it matters as some contribution to others.
  • Immeasurement” – when people do not know how or simply do not measure their own outputs in their job, they cannot have a high level of job satisfaction since their is no output realized.

With the high ratio of dissatisfied and unhappy workers in today’s workforce, I think this book is really important for managers, team leaders, executives and anyone with the ability or desire to drive some change, make a better workplace for themselves and colleagues and to understand some of the important factors that do make a job more enjoyable.  Lencioni’s story is one I’m sure many can relate to because of the dynamic characters and I especially like the point of irrelevance.  The way his characters solve this is by looking not at what a person’s job does for themselves, but how it contributes to others people in their work or to clients.  Encouraging people to measure the impact they have on others and empowering them to seek ways to contribute to a clients life in some simple yet impactful way, really sends a strong message about how people work and how they think about people in their roles.  So, I encourage you get this book and any other of Lencioni’s books (here are my other book reviews of Lencioni’s work), as they are all wonderful stories and train each subject very well.

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Fool proof ways to increase your personal health

November 22nd 2010

This is a guest post written by Jonathan Fox, a personal trainer.  See his website and info below the article to contact him.

Our health is not something to take for granted, yet many of us do. Many of us dream of living a long and healthy life, yet in this age of fast food restaurants, cigarettes and alcohol, this prospect seems to be an unlikely one. But something can be done to nip unhealthy living in the bud. Remember, when it comes to your health, it is never too late or too early to start making changes.

Here we cover some ways you can change your lifestyle, frequent specific microcurrent and improve your quality of life. Some of these changes are simple, while others require a bit of work:

Diet

Forget about fad diets – Fad diets never work. Just think of all those people you know who lost huge amounts of weight, only to gain it all back. Talk about unhealthy living. The key to maintaining a fit and healthy body is to eat a balanced diet, which includes fruit, vegetables, meat, carbohydrates and lots of water. Combine this with regular exercise and you should look and feel healthy well into your old age.

And speaking of water – Drink lots.

Dunk the junk – Cutting out junk food should be easy enough as long as you make it inaccessible. Get rid of all the junk food in your fridge, and avoid the junk food aisle next time you go shopping.

Cut the caffeine – For many of us, coffee offers that much needed boost in the morning. But, as well as know, caffeine is a drug, and drugs are addictive. Caffeine, whether in coffee or in soft drinks, are
bad for your health. Rather opt for decaf if you must, or try herbal teas for a healthy alternative to you morning caffeine fix.

Opt for organic – Organic produce is all the rage these days, so why not jump on the bandwagon and join in on the hype? And besides being healthy, organic produce taste better too.

Enjoy healthy snacking – Most dieticians will agree that you need to have six small meals daily in order to maintain a healthy weight. Having a snack between meals is a great idea, but remember to make them healthy. That means no snacking on chocolates, crisps or the like, but instead opting for fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.

Counting carbs – Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet, but some of them do more harm than good. Cut out bad carbs (i.e. white carbs) and instead switch to whole-grain alternatives.

So long sugar – Refined sugar is in just about everything, so it would do you well to read labels and avoid products like soft drinks and sweetened teas. High sugar intake leads to obesity, and have been known to be a contributing factor for heart attacks and strokes.

Exercise

Get active – Getting up and moving is the best way to get your body back in shape. And we do not necessarily mean intense work-outs in the gym. A simple, leisurely walk twice a week can do wonders for your body and mind. If you are new to this, start small by taking a 30 minute walk twice a week. As time goes on, increase the time and frequency of your walks and get your blood pumping.

Don’t forget to stretch – Stretching is important before any strenuous activity as it assists with the flexibility and recovery of your muscles. But be careful as stretching can lead to injury if done incorrectly. Only stretch after you have warmed up, and again after a work out when the muscles are already warm.

Curb complacency – Find something that will motivate you to exercise and stick with it. People often get bored in fixed routines, and familiarity breeds contempt. So shake up your routine once in a while.

Social

Surround yourself with friends and family – Friendships, family, love, happiness and laughter can greatly improve your quality of life.

Get friends that live healthy – You will be surprised at how influential your friends are in your life – whether good or bad. When it comes to healthy living, speak to friends who have the same goals as you, and lean on them for support.

Lifestyle

Smoking stinks – Smoking is one of the leading causes of various cancers, heart disease, strokes and emphysema. Not to mention, it causes bad breath, yellowing of the teeth, wrinkles, and it smells bad. Check this out: e cigaret med nikotin.

Sleep tight – Try to get a good night’s sleep often – every night if possible. Experts suggest that eight hours of sleep per night is best for optimum results during the day. But it really depends on your diet, exercise and daily activities. At worst, try to get in at least six hours.

Do not forget about your teeth – Many people become lax about the health of their teeth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent tooth decay, gum disease etc. Respect your teeth and enjoy a lifetime of pearly whites.

Practice safe sex – With the increase of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV AIDS, it is now more important than ever to protect yourself and your partner. Visit your local clinic and get informed.

A pill a day – A good multivitamin does wonders. If you are over 50, a good multivitamin with provide you with most of the nutrients and vitamins needed.

Check it out – Visit your doctor regularly for check ups. All men over the age of 50 should visit the doctor for a complete physical, including blood work and a prostate exam. This is also an age to be concerned about colon and prostate cancer. Schedule screenings with your doctor.  For women, visit your gynaecologist annually for cervical cancer screenings. Yearly mammograms are also required if you are over 40. This is also a common age for thyroid problems, high cholesterol, diabetes and colon cancer. Check your family’s medical history for any hereditary illnesses and prepare your screenings with your local GP.

This article was written by Jonathan Fox, a personal trainer who teaches people how to get a six pack.

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