To Your Health Columns by Brian Cole

Overweight? Consider this. PART II

In my last column,”Overweight? Consider this.” , I wrote about some of our long-term overweight clients—why they continue, how they benefit, how they feel, etc. And while that column was still on the Oyster Pointer stands, I received a trade publication with research that adds another dimension to the point… Read more »

Overweight? Consider this.

I’m going to pay respect to some of our long-term clients. Not by name, of course, but by their conditioning. My hope is that some of you reading this will be encouraged and inspired to consider your potential for self-improvement. And, after considering it, decide to take the necessary steps.… Read more »

Genetics, excuses and twins

I’m so thankful to have Personal Fitness Training as my career. I love researching and learning new ways to help others become more active and fit. There are so many pleasurable activities that can be more fully enjoyed when we’re healthy. And the path to selfimprovement is so clear. Hopefully,… Read more »

Leading from the middle

Many of us are in the middle. With daughters-sons, and also mothers-fathers, we’re often responsible for decisions that have a major impact on those we love. Middle management is always a tough balancing position, and it’s made more so when it’s about family. With our daughters and sons, I’m suggesting… Read more »

We cannot stand still

Hello 2015! These years just go by so fast. And this one will too. I know it’ll bring changes to my life—and to yours. We don’t/we cannot stand still and stop time. Along with that inevitability comes this: Neither you nor I will be the same at the end of… Read more »

Which sounds easier?

Walking/running 30 to 45 minutes just about every day and two workouts per week lifting heavy weights to build new lean muscle tissue and additional exercises to target core strengthening, posture, balance and joint range of motion. Or Vowing to make some changes to eating and drinking habits. Which sounds… Read more »

Where are these people?

Successful. Willing to work toward goals in their careers and in their personal lives. Want results for their efforts. Knowledgeable and understand how to assess the value of their choices. Always looking for ways to improve their work, their homes and themselves. They have evaluated their priorities and organized them… Read more »

More research may be needed

WARNING! This column may challenge some of your basic beliefs. It maytherefore be a bit uncomfortable to digest. Speaking of digestion, if you follow nutritional research, some interesting information has been published recently. For what will be obvious reasons as you read on, I’m not going into detail on any of these subjects.… Read more »

Treadmills, spinning, re-balancing and you

The complexity of human anatomy and kinesiology (movement) is obviously fascinating to me. But rather than subject you to technical talk of force couples, frontal planes of motion, agonist/antagonists, synergists, reciprocal inhibition, etc., I’m going to try to share some helpful information in more understandable language. In addition to strength… Read more »

Plateaus and Moderation

Due to printing and publishing schedules you’re reading this in March but I’m writing it in early January. So New Year’s resolutions are still on my mind. And by March, there’s a good chance they’re not still on yours. Reality has surfaced and old habits have crept back into your… Read more »

Why don’t we…?

In my last column “…Living Longer…” (if you missed it, please take a moment and click here to read it now. I ended by asking, with the enjoyment of our longer life span weighed against years of pain and discomfort, why more of us don’t take the necessary steps to avoid the… Read more »


I recently decided to include some additional healthy activities in my morning routine at home. While my work and my lifestyle choices give me more than adequate cardiovascular, strength and range-of-motion fitness, there was an area of self-improvement I wanted to practice more consistently (I’ll tell you what and why… Read more »

Connected, like it or not

The Affordable Care Act (or if you prefer, Obamacare or Pelosicare or…), our new publicly funded health insurance, is supposed to insure all citizens against financial ruin if they have or if they develop health problems. While we may or may not think that’s a noble goal, whether it will… Read more »

Nighttime calf cramps and bifocals posture

Clarification: the only connection I’m aware of between these two is: I’m going to write about each in this column. Nighttime calf cramps Just about everyone has dealt with this very painful and rude awakening condition. Its frequency increases with age, so by the time you finish this column, you’re… Read more »

Declaration of independence

Many of our ancestors came to this new land from more repressed societies. The founders of this great country sought freedom, opportunity and independence. They were the most adventurous of their fellow citizens. Think about sailing over here—to uncertainty, ready to move forward and try to improve themselves. These were… Read more »

To honor my friend, John B. Hightower

For more than 10 years John Hightower has been a client and an appreciated friend. Let me tell you about this remarkable man. A graduate of Yale University, Class of 1955, John was a captain in the United States Marine Corps. He is the former executive director of the New… Read more »

Forget weight loss. Focus on pleasure.

It’s resolution time. I have to talk about this. The goal is not weight loss. Weight includes muscles, organs, bones, water… The goal is to lose body fat – and to keep it off. Excess body fat is the #1 cause of health care costs in America. So, if you’re… Read more »

What is “Aging Well”?

Someone said it’s gracefully adapting to reality. That’s nice, but so much of what we call “aging” is about the unnecessary reduction of physical activity. And I don’t want adapting to be an excuse for self-limiting behavior. So I’m positing: Being able to continue enjoying the activities that please us.… Read more »


Approximately 20 years ago when I chose to turn my lifelong hobby into a career, I listed two mission statements as my guides: To help as many people as I could to live healthier lives and to help as many people as I could to make this work their career. Because this is the… Read more »