Information, not emergencies

We had a fiery cluster of activity on Instagram last week. It all started when I shared a post about disengaging from the news cycle. People jumped in and the discussion got spicy. The concern, of course, was that ignorance is untenable. And that remaining unaware can only come from a place of privilege and disconnection. This stuff that is important to discuss. Big-picture health includes the wellbeing of our communities. It means living our values (metaphysical… Continue reading Information, not emergencies

How to talk about fitness (with people you care about)

There are some things that can be tricky to talk about without real emotional distance. Health behaviours are in that group. So, when it comes to talking about this stuff with the people closest to us, things can get weird pretty quickly—even with top-notch intentions. Suffice it to say that there are some skills involved. Over the years, I have come to think of intrinsic motivation in the same way that Neanderthals probably thought about fire: it’s precious… Continue reading How to talk about fitness (with people you care about)

100% Pure Dopamine

You’ve heard plenty about dopamine. Or maybe you’ve just heard a few things a lot—like “dopamine hits”, and how slot machines and social media are both expertly designed to manipulate the stuff. You may have also heard dopamine described as a molecule of pleasure. But that phrasing is not quite so accurate. Dopamine is better described as a molecule of motivation and desire. I’m not referring to sexy-time (exclusively) here. Rather, dopamine tends to make… Continue reading 100% Pure Dopamine

Buckets O’ Fitness

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… Continue reading Buckets O’ Fitness

Practical Shoulder Health

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… Continue reading Practical Shoulder Health