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I’m sipping espresso inside a corner cafe while pecking away on a blog post, and suffering, along with the cafe staff, the satellite radio’s dozen or so torturously repeating songs. Occasionally I pull my eyes off the 13″ screen to reorient my perspective to the larger world— patrons, passing cars, flat panel TVs suspended from the ceiling. I fix on Dr. Oz, in jacket and slacks instead of scrubs and stethoscope, entertaining a live audience of corpulent women wearing swimsuits. The television’s sound is off but I get the gist:

Follow Dr. Oz’s smart and simple steps to lose weight, feel fit, and regain the confidence you need to wear your bathing suit.

On the surface it makes sense. Salmon and broccoli, cranberry juice in a martini glass, and a lemon and peppermint mix poured into an ice-tray. Lo-cal, tasty, quick and easy, too.

But at a deeper level, by further encouraging such a heavy focus on food how can it be possible to shift from an over-eating mindset into an appropriately active lifestyle where eating becomes secondary, tertiary, or even a totally forgotten element of summertime fun? Because we all move toward our currently dominant thought, by keeping the conversation centered on food Dr. Oz may not be proffering a solution. He could be perpetuating the problem.

Today, in The New York Times, an article appeared with research suggesting that exercise may improve learning and memory. I’ve been a fitness coach since 1983, and I began lifting weights in 1973, so in my circles the link between physical activity and mental acuity (and more) has been old news. It’s not so much that exercise is a supplement that enhances our natural bearing, but that because most of us suffer such severe deficits of movement, when we do get regular exercise, it seems like a tonic. Of course it’s the case, though not always easily quantifiable, that quick-wits and well-being are elemental to our active state!

And as science continues to play catch-up with practitioners’ experience, I chuckle…

As I told everybody last night, I was reading Rolling Stone where they said Detroit audiences are the greatest rock-n-roll audiences in the world. I thought to myself, ‘Shit, I’ve known that for ten years!’ — Bob Seeger, Live Bullet, 1976

…’cuz, I’ve known that for thirty years!