Category Archives: Fitness

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 →

Independence from garbage, even on my body

on July 4, 2018 in Fitness, Freedom, Visualization

July 4th, Independence Day is about freedom. Usually political freedom. I’m posting today on personal freedom. Last month I posted a video on how more than a year’s worth of garbage fit in a canvas bag. I made two videos that day—one with my shirt off to show the result to my body of avoiding garbage. I held off on posting the shirtless one to stay more conservative given my[…] Keep reading →

How not to be hungry

on June 23, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Freedom

I like food. I don’t like skipping meals. Sometimes I can’t avoid missing them. Obligations arise and I have to do something for a few hours nonstop. Sometimes I know the only options are so disappointing, unfulfilling, or involve so much plastic, oil, or other things that will lead me to regret that I’d rather eat a big next meal than what’s available. Most of my life skipping a meal[…] Keep reading →

Life lessons from 1883 Montana

on June 20, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Visualization

People keep acting like I have some special discipline that most people don’t. They think the burpees, cold showers, avoiding packaged food, and so on take effort. They don’t. Creating a lifestyle where they are normal and easy took effort—a once-in-a-lifetime effort—followed by their being the default for the rest of my life. Almost no willpower or discipline needed. People don’t believe me. I think they find it easier to[…] Keep reading →

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