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The media week

Hello, dears!

Have you missed me? I´ve missed you a lot!

Since I got the honor to be included in the Top 100 fitness blogs, things have gone crazy. I’ve been interviewed on TV and the radio this week and messages and emails keep coming. So, I want to apologize for being missing in action this week. Hopefully, everything will go back to normal next week, or i will adjust to the new “normal” next week, and I will be able to read your post as I was used to. 

Also, I want to thank you for your patience and support, none of this would be possible without you!

I know you probably won´t understand a word of Galician (it´s similar to Portuguese), but I want to share the TV interview anyway, haha! 

Have a great weekend!

I´m going to enjoy some rest…

well deserved rest, I think.

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Glenda sent me fabulous gifts

I was having breakfast this morning and I received a package from Glenda. A couple of weeks ago she told me she was going to send me some shirts but somehow, she managed to include some touching surprises in the package!

Without a doubt, I´m blessed with the best clients on the planet!! More than clients, they become friends. In this job, confidentiality is a must and I´m only allowed to brag about some of them. As you may know, Glenda won one of my giveaways and, since day one she gave me permission to share her pics, measurements, and anything I could need to promote my business. I have to say that this is unusual, my clients prefer to keep anonymous, most of the times. But Glenda is also unusually amazing!!

Glenda, sunshine, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Now, I know you are curious and want to know what was in the package. I opened the package and put all the contents on the table. There were three shirts and two more unexpected items.

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A super funny postcard:

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This is already hanging on my wall, close to the pc screen so I´m going to read that I´m outstanding every day from now on 🙂

Also, the package included an amazing knit prayer pocket for my mother (she will go to surgery soon to remove some kidney stones and Glenda has been praying since she knew about it). I can´t thank Glenda enough for that! and this prayer pocket is just too much.

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And three wonderful Under Armour shirts that I promise that you will see me wearing and sweating in the next exercise videos.

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I couldn´t feel better, happier or more motivated. And after publishing this post, I´m going to use the green shirt for the first time, because I love it 😀

I wish you a day as great as mine!

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Top 100 Fitness Blogs and Websites on the planet

Top 100 fitness blogs on the planet

TOP 100 FITNESS BLOGS ON THE PLANET

I am so excited by this news that my hands tremble!!! Where do I begin? At the beginning, you are right.

As you know, the fitness industry is hard and publicizing an internet business is possibly even harder. For these reasons, I am always looking for ways to promote my business. Last weekend, I found the list of the best 100 blogs and websites to follow, provided by Feedspot.

What´s Feedspot? It´s a RSS Reader. If you’re trying to keep up with news and content on multiple webs, Feedspot allows you to put all of your reading in one place.

There is an impressive amount of fitness blogs out there and this list includes the best on the planet like Men´s Fitness, Reebok Fitness Blog, MyFitnessPal Blog, ACE (American Council on Exercise), or Anytime Fitness Blog, just to name a few blogs among the top 10.

Call me foolish, but I decided to submit my blog, with little or no hope of accessing the list. I would be happy to enter the Feedspot fitness blog directory and get some more readers. That´s what I expected. What I got, so you can guess by the title of this post, was to enter the list. I am not in the position #100, or #99, not even #90 or #80. Dear friends, my blog is on the list at number 73, which is not bad if you realize that I do not have a team working on this blog. Just me!

Chape Fitness best fitness blog on the planet

I am so happy and proud right now… that I´m going  to take  the rest of the day off!! I think you will agree with me… From time to time a break is necessary to savor the achievements and victories. This news is both an achievement and a sweet victory after a long time blogging. 

Don´t worry, I will return with new content and much more energy before you realize that I have taken a day off, I promise.

I’m looking forward to climbing some positions. I know I will never make #1 but, top 50? I´m going to try it.

From a small Spanish coastal town to the top 100 fitness blogs on the planet, today is a day to remember and celebrate!

Thank you all, lot of love and, as always, big hugs!!

David.

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The very best of 2017: the most visited and liked articles.

As we close the books on 2017, I’ve rounded up the most popular reads. The best from the past year, all in one place.

50 reasons to exercise

How I run an online business, blog regularly, keep learning and manage my life with Evernote

30 Tofu healthy recipes

Weider´s training principles: The progressive overload principle

30 healthy turkey recipes

30 healthy squid recipes

My lower back routine

Elokenz: share your evergreen content

Evernote for Fitness

Barbell Deadlift

Swiss ball lower back stretch

Contest winner – Testimonial

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Reblog: Mliae is back at work

Yesterday, I had a long and refreshing chat with my friend and former client, Mliae. Long story short, it looks like she needs a little help again to get in shape again, and we´re going to achieve her goals, one more time. For sure!

I follow the strict policy of not sharing the details of my clients, they have their privacy and they share only what they want to share. So if you want to know more, pay her a visit and follow on her new fitness journey.

When You Mañana Your Fitness Goals Too Much

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Reblog: Ways to Support Your Favourite Bloggers Without Spending a Cent — lifexperimentblog

Greetings all 🙂 Today I would like to discuss a topic that I know has occurred to many of us, at one point or another. It’s actually something I’ve been wondering about myself for quite awhile. You see, I’ve come to realize that, although I don’t have the disposable income to purchase through affiliate links, […]

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Elokenz: share your evergreen content

Today I want to share with you an app that I´m in love with, Elokenz.

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Writing a good article takes time. I´m sure you know this and you have felt the struggle. I´ve read somewhere that the average time to write a blog post is 3.5 hours. But our work doesn´t finish after hitting the publish button. The next part of the job is to share it on social networks. And that takes a lot of time too.
First and foremost, you might soon realize that distribution is a boring task. Most of the time you need to prepare an interesting message to introduce your post and then adapt it to various channels. So you’ll spend most of your time rewriting the same kind of introduction. Personally, I just hate it. Do you?
Besides, if you are just getting started, then you may actually spend more time on the promotion of content instead of writing.
Elokenz is a web app designed to help you auto-repost for as long as you want your “evergreen content” on your favorite social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google+) without becoming too intrusive. Elokenz allows you to add/import your best content, even by using RSS feeds. You can then manually pick which items to re-post and customize each article in terms of title, image, link, and description. Finally, you set an editorial calendar that establishes at which days and times your selected content is going to be reposted.
What makes a piece of content evergreen is that it’s not about current events, a specific holiday, a trend or other short-lived themes. It is about themes within your industry that would interest your readers at any time of the year. For example, it might be an article on how to do a Modified Hurdler Stretch correctly, your new book on Amazon, or a podcast about the basics of marketing. This type of content stays relevant a long time after its publication and will attract new readers at any time of the year. Since they address a timeless subject, they rarely need to be updated.
The Elokenz library allows you to store all your valuable pieces of content. Import your content via a CSV file of an RSS feed and have an overview of all your assets at one glance. Manage your content easily and create a re-post in one click!
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Elokenz doesn’t just share your content at regular intervals. It takes into consideration valuable variables that will help you effectively reach your audience. It will repost your content smartly on a regular basis.
Pro version starts at $10/month for 10 profiles per platform and max 500 reposts/month. 50 Slots in your Library + 10 additional Slots per month and, of course, Performance Analytics.

Agency version starts at $26/month for 25 profiles per platform, 1500 scheduled Reposts per month, 150 Slots in your library + 30 additional slots per month, Performance Analytics, and bulk upload (CSV).

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If you blog is about marketing, your audience will be other bloggers who try to market their blog/product. If your blog is about fitness, your audience is probably composed of a majority of people who want to get in shape. If you are selling a product/service, you can advertise through content. Ads can be annoying, plus it doesn’t really count as an article since it doesn’t bring anything to your audience.
Instead, find a different angle: write about the benefits that your service will bring them and interact with your audience.
Take content marketing automation to the next level with an intelligent automation tool. Let Elokenz do the hard work for you!
DISCLOSURE: All images are from Elokenz website.
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My lower back routine

Sitting for long periods can definitely cause lower back pain or worsen an existing back problem. Does your back hurt? Do you know what I mean? Sitting is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.

I have an old injury and over the years I´ve been trying and adjusting exercises to relief my back pain. This is an easy and quick back pain routine relief that never fails. It takes 5 minutes and you need no equipment.

I do this routine almost every day, some days twice, after two or three hours in front of the screen. I bet most of you sit for longer than I do, so I´m sure this routine will help you if performed regularly.

Taking a little time during the day to stretch and relax has an extra benefit: your productivity will increase when you feel your body free of stress. Think about it this way, you take a break when you finish a task to do the next even better. Read more about movement and productivity on Forbes, these guys really care about productivity, right?

Take your lower back seriously and start stretching, often. Remember that stretches should never be forced or cause any pain.

Click on exercise´s name to watch the video. Also, how to perform each exercise is just below the image. Here´s a screenshot.

Lower back routine

Get the full note, free, HERE.

To get the most out of it, I recommend you to create an Evernote account, in case you haven´t done it yet.

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My top tips to inspire happiness w/ The all of it blog

Hello!

Today I´m very excited about this post. This is my first collaboration post, ever! I´m collaborating with my friend Sareena, the awesome blogger behind The all of it blog. Fortunately, she has more experience than me in this sort of post, and working with her was an absolute pleasure.

She showed up with a lot of topics and we choose happiness. Happiness is a familiar topic for me, not because I am a very happy person, but because I studied philosophy. Back in the day, I decided to study philosophy because I needed to understand what it is needed to be happy. Happiness is a fundamental concept in philosophy and I already had to write about it for several teachers. I never imagined that I would write about happiness again. I really enjoyed writing this post, revisiting old Greek authors, old pieces of advice, realizing which ones worked for me… A million thanks, Sareena!

In philosophy, happiness translates the Greek concept of eudaimonia, and refers to the good life, or flourishing. Aristotle stated that the happy life is the good life, that is, a life in which a person fulfills human nature in an excellent way. Since man is a rational animal, human happiness depends on the exercise of his reason. Happiness is not pleasure, nor is it virtue. It is the exercise of virtue. Happiness depends on acquiring a moral character, where one displays the virtues of courage, generosity, justice, friendship, and citizenship in one’s life. These virtues involve striking a balance or “Mean” between an excess and a deficiency.

From Tales to Adorno, all philosophers have reflected on happiness and good life, so we have a wide variety of opinions on what´s happiness and how to be happy. Exploring philosophical, cultural and historical variation in concepts of happiness is the best way to realize that happiness is a fuzzy concept.

Psychology reduces happiness to a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Since the 1960s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social psychology, clinical and medical research and happiness economics. In my opinion, it´s pretty interesting how science tries to probe and translate to cold scientific language things that philosophers and poets said thousands of years ago.

“The physician heals, Nature makes well” Aristotle

Spend time outdoors. Recent studies show we spend too much time enclosed in buildings and vehicles. Up to 90% of the time, we´re inside.  This is not just unhealthy but unnatural.

By definition, a jail is a place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime. If you haven´t committed a crime, why do you confine yourself? How are you going to be happy if you´re punishing yourself by locking yourself? Happiness is outdoors!

Go outside and enjoy nature, earth and sky, lakes and rivers, beach and mountain. Time outdoors will improve your mood, self-esteem, creativity as well as your vitamin D levels. Also, many studies have found that regular exposure to nature helps to reduce mental fatigue and relieve stress reducing cortisol levels.

Make being outside a ritual, try gardening, find a trail, go to a local park or just sit outside quietly and appreciate the natural beauty around you! Notice the scents, sights, and sounds as you sit quietly and focus on the moment.

“A healthy mind in a healthy body” Juvenal

Exercise. Science can´t explain how it works yet, but exercise brings feelings of euphoria and general well-being. Endorphins, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, it´s not clear what causes these feelings.

A recent research shows that while many people started an exercise program to lose weight and improve their appearance, they continued to exercise because of the benefits to their well-being. Physical activity is an elixir of life, not a punishment for bad numbers on the scale. Give yourself 30 minutes a day to take care of your body, and you´ll see awesome improvements in your mood.

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best” Epictetus

Enjoy time with friends. There is no better way to spend our time in this world than doing activities that we like with people we like. Recent studies about friendship and happiness have found:

  1. Friendship is the single most important factor in determining a person’s happiness.
  2. Those who considered friendship very important were more satisfied in every category from their health, their personal achievements, their safety, their relationships and their lives as a whole.
  3. For married people, their level of happiness is significantly dependent upon the intensity of their friendships.
  4. Single people who think of themselves as being extremely happy and who believe friends are important are happier than married people who do not think friends are very important.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” Plato

Not just music, but arts in general. Make more art. In 2010, researchers analyzed more than 100 studies about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself and published the results in the American Journal of Public Health.

From five visual arts studies mentioned in that review (visual arts includes things like painting, drawing, photography, pottery, and textiles), the researchers described the impact that visual art activities had on the patients:

  1. Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness.
  2. Improved well–being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones.
  3. Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression.
  4. Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions.
  5. Reductions in distress and negative emotions.
  6. Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks.

The impact of art, music, and writing can be seen in your physical body as well. In fact, this study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients found that writing resulted in “improvements of CD4+ lymphocyte counts.” In other words, writing actually impacted the cells and improved their immune system.Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve!

Build something. Share something. Craft something. Make more art. Your health and happiness will improve!

“The happy man is the one who has a healthy body, a wealthy soul and a well educated nature” Thales

For many, formal education ends after secondary school or university. Of course, adults learn things outside of formal education such as how to manage their finances and make a success of their personal lives. Many will learn new skills in the workplace, and some do courses as part of their professional development. Continuing to learn well into adulthood is beneficial to health and happiness. Never stop learning!

These are my tips for you: enjoy time outdoors, with friends, take care of your body, express your creativity, and never stop learning. What are Sareena’s?

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2000 people following this blog

Hello, dears!

It´s exciting and I feel honored that so many people follow my blog.  We are 2000! Thanks to everyone following this blog. If you think about it, millions of towns around the world have less population! 😀

As I owe you this milestone, I thought a Q&A post would be a good idea. Well, here are your questions and my answers.

PoojaG at Lifes fine whine: What´s your favorite food? 
Anytime, I could eat durums, pizza, tortilla, squids or crabs.
Vikram at Zorba The Budda:  How you been during this time? 
Thanks for asking, my friend! I´ve been good, working, studying, meeting new people…
I´ve had upside downs like everyone else, but I don´t complain.
Pam at K.PhoenixWhat is your life like? 
Well, I work from home and a regular day looks like this:
I wake up, have breakfast and feed my pets. Then we go for a walk. Back at home, I check the emails, client´s workouts and meals, and your blogs.
I take a break, lift some weights and practice some yoga postures trying to meditate and relax. After that, I have what I call the second breakfast and a shower.
Some more work until lunch time, it depends on the day: client´s questions, new workouts, or maybe taking new videos, photoshop, writing a post… I don´t get bored.
After lunch, I love to take a nap. I wake up about 4 pm ready to answer more questions, emails, and messages. Usually, I have time to read some more blogs.
I finish about 7 pm. I go for another walk with my dog, and later I hang out with friends.
In Spain, we use to have dinner very late, 10 or 11 pm. Most of the times these friends meetings turn into dinners.
Dawn Marie at Hugs & Blessings: 1.- What inspired you to begin this blog?
I started an online business because I found a great way to train online, Evernote. I think you already know something about it 😀
I read somewhere that blogging was a good way to get traffic so, I decided to give it a try.
I thought I could write about fitness. But I had no idea what blogging´s about.
There are awards, tag post, guest post, etc. Having a blog on your website is different than being part of the blogging community. I think you know what I mean.
I was blessed with supportive, gentle, and positive bloggers from the very beginning, and I ended up loving this blog thing.
2.- How do you think you were able to attract 2000 followers?
Networking and persistence.
Awards, guest post, meet and greets… all of them are good ways to connect with other bloggers, introduce yourself to new readers, and get new followers.
Posting consistently, daily in my case, I think also helped.
3.- What have been the biggest changes to being a blogger that you have recognized since you have more followers?
I´ve realized that now I play more the host role than the guest role. I like to help others like others helped me, so it´s my pleasure to introduce new bloggers and trainers to my readers, inviting them to write or hosting the meet and greet. It makes my day every time I read a comment like “Hi, I´m a new blogger…”.
Thank you so much for your questions!
Big hugs,
David
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Interview at Fitness Lifestyle

Hello, dears!

Do you remember Justina? Sure you do. She also blogs at Fitness Lifestyle and she had a few questions for me. I had a lot of fun answering and I hope you enjoy reading as well.

If you want to know what made me enter in the fitness world, my favorite fitness blogs, plans for the future, and some funny anecdotes read here the full interview.

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The blogger tag

Hello, dears!

First, let me thank Jolie at Joliesattic for tagging me. She is a very kind woman and an amazing blogger. She doesn´t blog, she narrates stories. Definitely, you want to follow her!
Also, I want to thank all the nominations I´ve received last week and give a brief explanation. I truly appreciate your recognition, and at the same time, it´s overwhelming. Last week I received a daily award and two more this week. I just can´t do them in a reasonable lapse, and that´s why I retired in the first place. As this is not strictly an award, and I´ve never been tagged before, I´m going to do this one.

I haven´t found rules so, I´m following Jolie´s lead 🙂

Questions:

How tall are you?

168 cm, I think that´s 5´6.

Do you have a hidden talent?

If I have one, it´s well hidden 😀

What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

It´s hard to cope with bloggers who post seven or eight times a day. I think nobody has that much to say.

What’s your biggest non-related blog pet peeve?

Easy and need no explanation, politics!

What’s your favorite song?

What’s your favorite social media website?

Find me on Twitter and Facebook 🙂

What’s your favorite way to spend your time when you’re alone?

Reading, walking… something relaxing.

What´s your favorite junk food?

Chocolate ice-cream!

Do you have a pet or pet(s)? If so, what kind and what are their names?

Please, let me introduce you Face (male cat) and Ari (female dog)

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What are your number one favorite non-fiction and fiction books?

I read more non-fiction: Chomsky, Ott, Escohotado, Gould…

What’s your favorite beauty product or tool?

Water! It cleans inside and outside.

When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I´m sure I was a kid. I´m pretty shameless now 😀

If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life what would it be?

Beer. The oldest beer recipe preserved is Sumerian (Irak), an old prayer to Ninkasi Goddess of Brewing and Beer 😉

What’s your favorite movie?

Maybe “The great dictator”.

What was your favorite lesson at school?

Science, history and later, philosophy.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Amsterdam! I love it!

PC or Mac?

PC.

 

Favorite celebrity?

I don´t follow these people.

What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

I think I don´t understand this question 🙂

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My mother.

What is your favorite blog to read?

I can´t pick one! I follow many blogs about different topics because I like them all. I will tag a few!

What is your favorite high street shop?

I´m not sure what is that, but I´m sure my town is too small to have one. Anyway if this is something like a shopping street, I do like shopping, and I loved this one at Copenhagen some years ago.

Are you in education or do you work?

I work, I do online training. Surprise!

One thing you are proud of?

Mi little website.

Tags:

Dutch goes the Photo!

My friday blog

Life editor

A Thomas Point of View

Joys of Joel

Fit recovery

Staying healthy isnt a crime

Lifes fine whine

Link to my favorite/latest post:

I think my new followers would like “Workouts for free“.

Have a great weekend!