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Living Better: New Year, New You

By Bryan Black

1 of 6 in the series Living Better

With 2012 behind us and 2013 ushering in a brand new year, I’d like to take this opportunity to really get at the core of living better.

To me, living better doesn’t mean a fad diet or a meat head workout routine that was designed for someone else, it means integrating healthy core principles into your life that will continue serving you for the long term.

Rather than list out a bunch of resolutions, that will more than likely get broken, I’ll be starting from the ground up and creating a series of articles that will focus on many different aspects of living better. We’ll be discussing topics like nutrition, functional strength and even organization.

This may seem strange coming from ITS, but these things are at the core of who I am and ITS is as a company. My hope is that through these articles you pick up information that you can integrate in your own way. I’m a big advocate of soaking up information and applying it to fit your lifestyle, not following a prescribed plan.

Starting with Fundamentals

Along the lines of not following a prescribed plan, I’ll be up front and say that I don’t have all the answers. This isn’t going to be a my way or the highway type of series. Unlike most things I read, everyone is different. Everyone has different goals and their own measure of success in achieving them. My goal in this series is to present what I know and what’s helped me over the years to stay healthy, happy and motivated.


You’re going to read things that you may agree with, or things you disregard, but I fully expect this and hope that you’ll add in your thoughts in the comments below. I know that I’m going to learn as well from what you offer up.  Don’t expect overnight success with any of the topics we cover, but don’t let that dissuade you from giving them a chance.

Health-y  [hel-thee]  adjective: Possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

So what are the fundamentals to living a better healthier life? While these are also going to vary from person to person, here are 13 that I believe in and what we’ll be discussing in 2013:

  • Being Conscious of What You’re Putting into Your Body
  • Exercise and Movement
  • Rest and Relaxation
  • Enjoying Nature
  • Living with Honesty and Integrity
  • Spending Time with Family and Friends
  • Working Passionately and Loving What You’re Doing
  • Avoiding Clutter and Staying Organized
  • Giving Back and Helping Others
  • Learning Every Day and Becoming Self-Sufficient
  • Knowing Your Goals and Dreams
  • Defining You and Your Values
  • Trusting Your Instincts

Here’s to a great 2013! I personally can’t wait to present the accompanying articles in the Living Better series and get things started. What goals have you set for yourself in this new year?

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  • Greg

    I look forward to this series. Thanks for all the work ya’ll do.

  • Spencer

    Good list. It’s hard to dissect such a broad topic into categories, but this list of 13 looks like it has promise. Looking forward to reading this in 2013.

  • LongHaul

    Great article! I’m working on the 13 in 13 Challenge already and I’m looking forward to this series you’re writing to help me stay focused and achieve my goals. Thanks!

  • Dudley

    So stoked to read more and for all of us to have an awesome 2013!

  • johnyD

    Fundamentals to a better life in 2013?: New ITS gear for 2013! Send It!

  • Armitage

    Self-sufficiency for me. Want to know what problems we might face here, what skills I need to know, and what skills I need to know to pass on to my boys. That can run from household maintenance to emergency preparedness to hunting and fishing.

  • Greg Natsch

    Timely. I retire from my career at the end of the month. This list fits well with my plans, looking forward to the series.

  • Gene

    Sounds great…hope I can keep up!!

  • Matthew Mackey

    Can’t wait to see how this spells out. I’m using a self critique method to derive my goals. What do I not like about myself or how I operate. Those become my stepping stones to becoming the man, father, husband, brother that I want to be. Another technique I learned was to start with the end in mind. It may be a bit morbid, but the technique is envisioning your own funeral. Who would get up and say what about you? This takes a dose of honesty. If what you envision is not what you want, it’s time to make a plan.

  • Justin Ski

    Looking forward to another good series !!!

  • Awesome. Count me in for the ride through 2013

  • Jason M

    I’m very much looking forward to this series as well.

  • Matt B

    Am looking forward to your series and your insight.

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