When it comes to overall health and fitness, we can put most ideas into one of the following buckets: Willpower and effort Conceptual or theoretical knowledge Practical knowledge Stress and emotion regulation Four buckets, two questions Which buckets do you think are the most important?Which buckets seem to get filled the most? Those red-lettered buckets are appealing, aren’t they? They are not only more intuitive, they are also easier to create media content around. So
I don’t usually write about specific exercises or movements in these newsletters. It’s tough to get the details across. It’s like trying to present a physics thesis via interpretive dance. It can be fun, sure, but something always gets lost in the translation. So, while I have some very practical stuff at the bottom that YOU can use, we’ve first got to travel through some surprisingly philosophical territory. You can skip down if you like
There is a simple hope anyone has when we take on a new initiative with our nutrition, fitness, or general health: that we will see immediate progress. This is no ordinary magic; it’s the very tip of the unicorn’s horn. That direct payoff feels amazing. However, it’s not guaranteed and the opposite can be a bit of a bummer. That’s why I want to share some thoughts on how to navigate that gap. Let’s take
My older brother had a bit of a scare recently. He got some bloodwork back with a clinical diagnosis of “no bueno.” While he has always enjoyed food (and whisky), he’s also stayed pretty active. However, this past year, his kids left the nest, stress has been high at work, and you know, like, globally. As his activity went down, red flags came up. Things like impaired insulin sensitivity, increased LDL, and increased blood pressure.
The majority of problems emerge from pretty predictable places. These things are not—or should not be—surprises. Sure, extreme edge-cases exist. But without the benefit of hindsight, most black swans are really just red herrings. That’s why my advice is to place most of your bets on the highest percentage outcomes. Like a professional gambler, you’ll lose from time to time but come out ahead in the long-term. If you can just stick to the plan,
Friends, the idea that the market will correct itself is a nice one. And probably true over long enough of a timeline. Here’s the problem: that timeline may extend beyond your own and the next generation’s too. Which brings us to the first decrease in human lifespan in decades. So, let’s talk about one of the major contributors to this trend. I want to preface this by saying that I am food-forward. I sometimes joke that