Nestor Strong

  Read more about Nestor’s story in the July 2016 Cancer Awareness issue of Endurance Magazine here: http://magazine.endurancemag.com/HTML5/Endurance-Magazine-LLC-Endurance-Magazine-July-2016   Thanks to the life-saving, first-class medical care that Duke has provided, Nestor has resumed many of his favorite physical activities, including long distance running and hiking. On April 1st, 2017, he successfully completed the Umstead 100-Mile […]

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7 Ways to Be Happy

  If you struggle to find happiness in life you aren’t alone. We all go through periods where we may struggle to be happy. Happiness is in us all the time but we lose track of it. We are distracted by constantly trying to do stuff and climb the corporate ladder.   The definition of […]

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Keeping it Real: The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners and Why You Should Always Use the Real Thing

  In a previous post I talked about the various names and dangers of a high intake of sugar in our bodies (http://becomepowerful.com/2018/02/01/sugar-by-any-other-name/ ). It bears repeating that added hidden sugars should be avoided as much as possible. So where should you turn? Sugar substitutions seem to be a “no brainier” right? Processed sugar leads to […]

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Picking Up the Torch

“How brain cancer put my life goals into focus” (step 3 of my 8-step plan to get you back on track towards pursuing the life you envision despite a cancer diagnosis or other major life-altering event).   STEP 3: Identify your goal(s). What goals did I have prior to my diagnosis? What goals do I […]

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Chasing The Man Bod: Secret #4 Sleep

    Your body grows and repairs during the rest phase of your workouts. Most specifically, this happens at night when you are sleeping. Let’s take a deeper dive into the benefits of getting your ZZZZZZ’s at night.   Growth hormone helps restore and rebuild body tissues and muscles. Seventy-five percent of growth hormone is […]

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7 Properties of PLAY

  “ The opposite of play is not work — the opposite of play is depression.”- Dr. Stuart Brown   Dr. Brown says when play is happening, almost all of these 7 things are firing.   Play is Apparently Purposeless Play does not seem essential because it does not provide us our daily needs for […]

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Sugar By Any Other Name

“What’s in a name? Sugar by any other name will taste just as sweet… yet be just as dangerous!”   Unfortunately, referencing Shakespeare does not carry the same endearing message when talking about sugar.   Most people know that overall, sugar is not the best thing to have in our diets. Even when we are […]

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The Three Biggest Mistakes You’re Making in the Gym

    You’re trying to distract yourself. More and more studies show there is great power in being mentally engaged in the things that you do and your workout is no different. You can improve muscle activation drastically just by thinking about your muscles working while performing and exercise. An added benefit will be in keeping […]

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A Moment of Clarity

“A Moment of Clarity.” “How brain cancer made my purposes in life crystal clear” (step 2 of my 8-step plan to get you back on track towards pursuing the life you envision despite a cancer diagnosis or other major life-altering event). STEP 2: Find/define your purpose(s) in life, i.e., your motivation to begin and continue […]

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