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

Your top 3

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,… Continue reading Your top 3

Intensity

Here is the fourth—and final—installment on our performance continuum. We finally get into intensity.  So, let’s get intense. As a very quick recap, I recommend prioritizing a few things before getting to intensity.  They are: Movement: do you have the basic mechanics locked down? Awareness: can you accurately assess the effort required for a specific task?  Do you have a good sense of where your body is in space—and whether an adjustment improves or impairs… Continue reading Intensity