Walk in the forest

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Medical conditions like chronic stress, fatigue, hypertension, anxiety, depression are common. Yet medications for them are costly, have adverse effects, lower quality of life and lower longevity.

An innovative and smart idea might just be walking in the nearby forest.

Like meditation or yoga, many make fun of forest walking. “Now that’s for hipsters”. “That’s what my grandpa would do”. “There’s a sucker born every minute”. It’s more trendy to sweat in the gym. Or relax by going to the local Starbucks and please yourself with a Venti Pumpkin latte. At least you can put those on Instagram and share how busy and connected you are.

Right?

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Monitor stress and breathing with Spire

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I have had a Spire for almost a year, using the wearable in various situations. This is my 1-year review on this innovative take on the wearable movement.

Spire embeds its electronics in what looks like a small stone. The wireless charger has a wood finish, and the whole product has a nice Zen design that many Apple fans would appreciate. When clipped to your pants (or bra for women), it’s hardly noticeable and can be worn for up to a week without recharging.

The stone even survives machine washing, which is a rare occurrence amongst wearables.

Like most wearables, it tracks your daily steps, and will alert you if you haven’t moved in a while. The app can list at the end of the day your activity moments with the related events and pictures found on your phone.

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The Whole Grains Robbery

Or how the industrial food system transformed a healthy food into a cardiovascular and diabetes risk factor

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The picture above shows state of the art steel roller mills. Wheat comes from above and the mill grinds it into white flour.

Those steel roller mills were invented in the 1870s and were a revolution, similar to the electric car in our current days. It was a fast and efficient method that allows the production of the purest and finest white flour at low cost. Even the poorest citizen could now buy white bread, a food reserved previously to the richest. As you can see from above, it is a nice, clean, efficient and modern environment.

By seeing all the benefits, the steel roller mill became so popular that within 10 years most mills in the western world had been replaced. The mechanics of the steel roller mill was soon extended to other grains, such as rice, oats and barley. And thus was born the first processed food and the beginning of our industrial food system.

So what’s not to like?

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Why Studying Traditional Martial Arts makes sense in 21st century

It can build strong physical and mental health as well as a good social network. And it’s just the start!

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I have trained many years in traditional kung fu (white crane), filipino, thai, brazilian (BJJ, capoeira) and japanese martial arts. I heard: “Traditional martial arts don’t work”. “MMA is better than traditional martial arts”. Many find quick arguments on why traditional martial arts training doesn’t make any sense.

The most sensible argument is that we have transitioned from constant warfare to societies of relative peace. The most lethal situation is perhaps a knife or gun mugging – but those are exceptional. The vast majority of us simply do not fear caught in a battle when getting out.

The argument is true. Since traditional martial arts train warriors, traditional martial training is in a way aimless. But so does long-distance running, MMA, football or soccer. No-one runs or plays football to train skills that are required for daily lives.

So why train at all in traditional martial arts?

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Intense training at home with Moov Now

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Moov Now is a small and colourful fitness wearable.  This is the 9-months review, after I used it extensively for running, cycling, as well as its bodyweight workouts.

I don’t have any relationship with the company Moov and have other fitness and health devices. I consider this as an objective and fair review.

In short, it’s a fun and practical fitness wearable that will get your heart pumping, be it at home or when travelling.

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Why I Run

Running is one of our defining characteristics. Plus it’s fun and healthy for you!

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The human skeleton amazes anthropologists.

We are not the fastest runners. Many other quadrupeds leave us behind when running short distances.

Yet, we are remarkably skilled in endurance running. Apart from accounts of endurant horses and camels, bred selectively for endurance, very few other species are able to run farther.

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Healthier alternatives to coffee

Brewed coffee, black or green tea are the healthier alternatives to your espresso.

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Like cars, work schedules and taxes, coffee is ever so present in modern daily lives. Many cannot work without it, let alone start their day. Big and small fortunes are built in delivering espressos or brewed coffee to workers on weekdays. As such, I consider coffee as the biggest recreationally available drug of our times.

Yet health impacts of coffee and are not well-known.

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