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Join host Alex VanHouten - Personal Trainer of 18 years and owner/founder of The Betterment Co. to start making real progress toward your Better Self! Anyone can be Better, but no one can do it for you! See episodes 1-300 for the Better Daily Shortcast. LIVE, immediately applicable coaching messages with a practical and uplifting message to support your personal journey toward BETTER. It’s just 1%. You got this!

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Better Daily Podcast Alex VanHouten

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Join host Alex VanHouten - Personal Trainer of 18 years and owner/founder of The Betterment Co. to start making real progress toward your Better Self! Anyone can be Better, but no one can do it for you! See episodes 1-300 for the Better Daily Shortcast. LIVE, immediately applicable coaching messages with a practical and uplifting message to support your personal journey toward BETTER. It’s just 1%. You got this!

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    Full Transcript:
    What's up Better Daily listeners - Alex VanHouten here, I hope you are doing super well.
    Here at The Betterment Co. we believe that anyone can be better, but that no one can do you BETTER for YOU.
    And while your personal 1% Better is possible, it's challenging to be consistent and overcome obstacles on your journey to improve in mind, body, and spirit.
    Since publishing my first episode on the Defining Dad Podcast and getting fired from my job of 8 years because of it, I've worked hard over the past several years to bring you resources and coaching that are accessible, actionable, and authentic -- I have always sought to cut through the garbage of the health and fitness industry by making scientific truths simple, life-transforming practices evident, and helping those who deeply desire to grow to do so despite the obstacles.
    Some of you have been with me since the beginning --investing as a coaching client, supporting my content via patreon or app membership, or participating in workshops and challenges while the Betterment Brand grew wider and deeper. In a capitalist society, every dollar spent is a vote to keep something around. And in the age of information, every like, listen, comment, share, and recommendation are the same.
    I am grateful for your support and hope you see that your investment has made a difference - not only in Better for you, but better for tens of thousands of my social media and podcast followers, hundreds of my clients and Better Daily community members, and more personally - my faithful wife, my rambunctious boys, and myself.
    In that spirit I am excited to tell you today to tell you about some major changes that will help us support and encourage on your journey toward Better.
    Change #1 - This podcast will become a weekly publication in 2023. That means instead of the 5 episode/week shortcast we will publish one episode per week going forward - those episodes will be mostly in the format of interviews with other experts! If you're going to miss our previous format, never fear! We've got you covered, which brings me to change #2.
    Change #2 - Daily Coaching content will still be available to all who want it. Our first 300 episodes of Better...

    • 5 min
    300 - Hydration

    300 - Hydration

    Flex Friday

    Hydrating is more than just replenishing water. Let's talk about how to hydrate well!

    Hydration is important for exercise and metabolism because it helps to maintain the balance of fluids in the body. During exercise, the body sweats in order to regulate its temperature, which can lead to fluid loss. If you are not properly hydrated, your body may not have enough fluids to function properly, which can lead to dehydration.Dehydration can have a number of negative effects on exercise and metabolism.

    For example, it can reduce physical performance, increase fatigue, and impair concentration and cognitive function. Dehydration can also affect metabolism by disrupting the normal functioning of the body's metabolic processes, which can lead to an imbalance of electrolytes and other nutrients in the body.To maintain proper hydration during exercise, it is important to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after physical activity. This can help to prevent dehydration and ensure that your body has the fluids it needs to function properly.

    It is also important to choose the right fluids for hydration, as some drinks (such as sports drinks) can help to replace electrolytes and other nutrients that are lost through sweat. In general, water is the best choice for hydration during exercise, but sports drinks or other electrolyte-replacement beverages may be helpful in certain situations, such as during prolonged or intense exercise or in hot, humid conditions.

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    • 18 min
    299 - FASTING

    299 - FASTING

    Word Thursday

    Some meditations on the word "Fasting"

    The top 5 benefits of Fasting (AI Generated)
    Weight loss: Fasting can help with weight loss by reducing the number of calories consumed. When you fast, you are essentially restricting your intake of food and drinks, which can lead to a reduction in overall calorie intake. This can be especially beneficial if you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.Improved insulin sensitivity: Fasting has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use glucose (a type of sugar) for energy. When your body is resistant to insulin, it can lead to high blood sugar levels and an increased risk of diabetes.Increased lifespan: Some studies have suggested that fasting may have anti-aging effects and may increase lifespan. This is thought to be due, in part, to the effects of fasting on insulin sensitivity and the reduction of oxidative stress.Improved heart health: Fasting may have a number of benefits for heart health, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. These factors can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.Improved brain function: Fasting may have a number of benefits for brain function, including improving cognitive function and memory. Some studies have also suggested that fasting may have a protective effect against age-related cognitive decline and may even help to reduce the risk of neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

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    • 16 min
    298 - Hard Times

    298 - Hard Times

    Wild Winsday

    A men's bibles study - https://open.spotify.com/episode/6N6Xjnjc3aNLGUiNaHCLG2?si=9292cca34a5747ae

    The cycle of history as explained by AI

    The cycle of history is a theory that suggests that history tends to repeat itself in cycles or patterns. According to this theory, societies go through a series of stages or phases, each of which has its own characteristics and dynamics. For example, some theories of the cycle of history propose that societies go through stages of growth, maturity, decline, and renewal.There are various versions of the cycle of history theory, and the specific stages and characteristics of each phase may vary. However, some common features of these theories include the idea that societies go through periods of expansion and prosperity, followed by periods of decline and instability.

    These cycles may be driven by internal factors, such as changes in social or political structures, or by external factors, such as changes in the environment or economic conditions.The cycle of history theory has been used to explain a wide range of historical events and patterns, from the rise and fall of empires to the emergence of new technologies and cultural movements.

    Some proponents of this theory argue that understanding the cyclical nature of history can help us anticipate and prepare for future changes and challenges. However, other historians and social scientists have criticized the cycle of history theory for oversimplifying complex historical processes and failing to account for the unique circumstances and events that shape the course of history.

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    • 19 min
    297 - Zinc

    297 - Zinc

    Nutrition Tip Tuesday

    Ensuring your body has adequate Zinc to function optimally can yield a myriad of benefits! Let's dig in!

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    AI generated list of the top 5 most researched uses of Zinc.
    Boosts immune system function: Zinc is essential for the proper functioning of the immune system and is involved in the production of white blood cells and antibodies. Supplementation with zinc has been shown to improve immune function in people with zinc deficiency and may also help reduce the severity and duration of infections, such as the common cold.Improves wound healing: Zinc is involved in the production of collagen, a protein that is essential for wound healing. Supplementation with zinc has been shown to improve wound healing in people with zinc deficiency and may also help reduce the risk of infections in wounds.May reduce the risk of age-related chronic diseases: Some studies have suggested that zinc supplementation may have a protective effect against age-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of zinc in these areas.May improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes: Zinc is important for the production of healthy sperm and eggs, and supplementation with zinc has been shown to improve fertility in men and women. Zinc may also be important for the development of the fetus during pregnancy and has been linked to improved pregnancy outcomes.May improve symptoms of certain mental health conditions: Some studies have suggested that zinc supplementation may improve symptoms of certain mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of zinc in these areas.

    • 13 min
    296 - What's Your 1%?

    296 - What's Your 1%?

    Mindset Monday

    Who knows who you could be if you could become 1% Better - Every. Single. Day!

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    AI explanation of "Kaizen" a principle of continuous improvement.

    Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy that focuses on continuous improvement in business processes and personal efficiency. The goal of kaizen is to eliminate waste and streamline production, leading to increased efficiency and productivity. The approach is based on the idea that small, incremental improvements can add up to significant changes over time. Kaizen can be applied to a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, administration, and customer service, and can involve the participation of all employees in the process of identifying and implementing improvements. The key principles of kaizen include a focus on customer satisfaction, the involvement of all employees in the improvement process, and a commitment to continuous improvement.







    Kaizen can be applied to personal improvement in a number of ways. It can be used to identify and eliminate waste or inefficiencies in personal habits or routines, leading to increased productivity and effectiveness. For example, an individual might use the kaizen approach to identify and eliminate time-wasting activities in their daily routine, such as checking social media or emails too frequently, or to streamline their workflow by organizing their workspace more effectively.

    In addition to improving productivity, kaizen can also be used to address personal goals or challenges. For example, an individual might use the kaizen approach to set and achieve specific personal goals, such as improving their physical fitness or learning a new skill.

    By breaking down larger goals into smaller, more manageable steps and focusing on continuous improvement, the kaizen approach can help individuals make progress towards their goals in a structured and sustainable way.Overall, the goal of kaizen in personal improvement is to make small, incremental changes that lead to long-term results and sustained improvement.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

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Alex is incredible at helping folks understand complex biomechanics/metabolism and converting it into something that can be used. A must listen for people trying to improve their physical/mental well-being!

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