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

The Unicorn’s Horn

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… Continue reading The Unicorn’s Horn

Chasing the burn

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. … Continue reading Chasing the burn