Dai Manuel is a dad, husband, Fitness Town COO, Motivational speaker, CrossFit athlete and coach. Driven to help people live healthier, active lifestyles.

Atkins Diet or the Paleo Diet: Which one is for me?

Paleo versus atkins

Health and weight loss have often been linked with strict, nearly impossible eating regimens. Who hasn’t heard of Gwyneth Paltrow’s stringent macrobiotic diet? Luckily for meat lovers, other diets have emerged catering to the tastes of would-be carnivores while promoting weight loss, health and overall well-being. What is the Atkins Diet: Delicious Weight Loss The Atkins diet has been around ...

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No Stress Management? Your Health is a Ticking Time Bomb


Many of us have lives that are so jam-packed we rarely have time to breathe, resulting in stress levels going through the roof. Although stress is normal, and actually good for us in short bursts, prolonged stress is a serious time-bomb waiting to go off. What is Stress? Stress is a natural response to a situation that makes you feel ...

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Strength Foundations: Beginner Weight Training Program with Videos

Click here to see instructional videos for each of the exercises contained within this workout plan.

After being recently featured as the Coach of the Day on Coach.me, I had a number of people ask for more details on the “Beginner Weight Training Program“. The following is an instructional resource guide of exercise videos found in the post entitled the Beginner Guide to Muscle Building: Training, Diet and Recovery. Beginner Weight Training Program with Alternating Workouts and Videos Workout Day A ...

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Why Sugar Kills Any Hope for a Balanced Diet


We all know junk food isn’t good for us if we eat it on a regular basis, but the health effects associated with this greasy, sugary goodness might extend far beyond what we know about weight gain, cholesterol, and diabetes. This is your Brain on Sugar? In fact, according to a fascinating article from ScienceDaily.com, one study conducted on rats ...

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A Life Jar Year In Review and the Top 20 Stories from 2014


When was the last time you sat back and reflected on an important time in your life? For me and my family that happens on January 1st each year. We have a #LifeJar which sits on a shelf above the sink and throughout the year it fills up with little mementos like ticket stubs, personal notes, receipts, expired room keys, plane tickets ...

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The Moose is Loose Annual Reader Survey of Awesomeness

Dai Manuel's Annual Reader Survey of Awesomeness

Wow. What a year. I want to send out a massive ‘THANK YOU‘ to all of you that have supported me and my blogging since 2008. 2014 was a PR year all around… … and heading into 2015, I’m looking forward to continuing to add high-value content along with sound health, wellness and lifestyle advice for all returning (and future) visitors who happen upon ...

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What’s the connection between Exercise and Happiness?


Amazing things happen in our brains when we exercise, the benefits of which encompass everything from improving short-term memory loss to combating depression to even preventing Alzheimer’s disease. But what exactly is going on in our grey matter, so to speak, during and after a round of exercise? The Runner’s High, Exercise and feeling awesome Most of us are familiar ...

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The single greatest piece of Life Advice I’ve been given is…

Life Advice from a child

Life Advice – little pearls of wisdom passed on to us from those we respect, hold in high esteem and very often, love unconditionally. Whether they’re our mentors, parents, partners or children, these little tidbits of knowledge can profoundly influence our beliefs, daily actions and the way we tackle the obstacles we meet. To be right to the point… They ...

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3 Apps and a Chicken Recipe to Make the Holidays just a bit more awesome


Happy Holidays!  But are they really? You know what I’m talking about. Family commitments, work outings, parties, school concerts, shopping while battling through the crowds EVERYWHERE and did I mention on top of all that, cooking for oneself and family? Yikes! As noted in a post a few months ago, Christie and I are busy, busy parents. And we often find ourselves rushing ...

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Join the Advent Health Challenge


Christmas marks a time for over-indulgence. Office parties, school socials and family get-together’s all mean one thing: lots of calories. A medical journal recently published results showing that North Americans gain an average of two to five pounds per year. More startling is that 1.5 to 4 pounds of this gain occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Not this year ...

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