Category Archives: Fitness

Cardiovascular exercise isn’t cardiovascular exercise

on September 3, 2018 in Fitness

Cardiovascular means of or related to the heart and blood vessels. We call “cardiovascular” exercises like jogging, swimming, rowing, elliptical, and others that don’t stress any one muscle or group too much so we can do it long enough to burn a lot of calories. People associate so-called cardiovascular exercise with losing weight. I’ll grant that those exercises can burn through a lot of calories. I’ve come to doubt their[…] Keep reading →

American men and their breasts

on August 24, 2018 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Nonjudgment, Visualization

The United States today probably has the largest population in history of men with breasts caused by voluntary choices. There are other causes than voluntary choices as this Newsweek article says, It can sometimes be hereditary but is more commonly spurred by conditions like obesity, chronic kidney disease or an overactive thyroid, as well as by certain medications like steroids that cause hormone levels to shift. but many men choose[…] Keep reading →

Obesity, internal conflict, and choice

on August 18, 2018 in Fitness, Nonjudgment, Visualization

Measuring grocery store floor space implies the diet of people living near it, as I wrote in Fat, Manhattan real estate, profit, and where obesity comes from. Since every American food store I’ve seen sells more salt, sugar, and fat-based foods than whole plants, the floor space implies people eat a lot of salt, sugar, and fat. Specifically, they choose to spend their hard-earned money on salty, sugary, and fatty[…] Keep reading →

40 beats per minute resting heart rate

on August 4, 2018 in Fitness

In June I measured my heart rate at 45 beats per minute with an app, which said I was off the charts for a 46-year-old male. Since then I’d measured a few times and repeated the results. I also turned 47. I measured when I wasn’t moving around but Harvard Medical School wrote, “The American Heart Association recommends checking your resting heart rate first thing in the morning (but before[…] Keep reading →

LeBron, Michael, and meditation

on July 28, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness

I did a three-day meditation retreat last month, meaning nearly no talking, reading, writing, internet, phone, etc for three days. The basic unit of meditation there is one hour sitting still, which we do 6 or 7 times a day while there. Barely moving for one hour, focusing my mind is hard, though I’m more skilled at it than ever, which is why I go to the retreat sometimes. It’s[…] Keep reading →

Fitness is about the mind, intelligence is about the body

on July 24, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness

Fitness is about the mind After all these years, it finally dawned on me that physical fitness trains the mind more than the body. The body shows the results. I bet few fit people haven’t developed mental discipline. You might start working on the body, but you won’t get far without working on the mind. The physical work opens the door. I doubt many people who think fitness is just[…] Keep reading →

You’re supposed to get injured

on July 16, 2018 in Fitness

(I’ll probably get in trouble for this post. Only read if you take responsibility for the consequences.) Every performance field makes a big deal of failure. Look it up. Fail big! Fail fast! Failure is how we learn! Fail! Fail! Fail! I typed “You should fail” into duckduckgo and the top responses were: “8 Reasons Why You Should Fail As Much As You Can” “Why You Should Fail” “This is[…] Keep reading →

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