Life-Long Fitness

Weaponise the jazz mindset

How a jazz player approaches his craft stands in stark contrast to that of a classically trained musician. Whereas classic music is about perfectly playing the right notes, jazz is about improvisation. A talented jazz musician can, and probably has to, adjust his playing on the fly each night. To […]

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Finite focus

24 hours a day. Eight of which you (ideally) spend sleeping. That leaves you 16 hours mostly vertically orientated. And vertical orientation is when you get stuff done. Then, unless you’re retired or in the fourhourworkweekforlife tribe, you spend at least eight hours of that 16 doing work. That’s eight […]

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The window to your future

When we get carried away by our current fitness goals, we often neglect the impact it has on our future. Grinding, raging, and smashing our way through each workout with the ferocity of a wild boar on speed will eventually take its toll on our body. Whether it’s about always […]

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Questions and solutions

When searching for answers, you have two options. One puts you in control. It requires you to reflect inwards and come up with a solution. The other option means giving the control to someone else. Giving them the permission to dictate the solution. Which option you choose depends on the […]

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Fitness savings account

Most of us focus on the relatively immediate benefits of training: To get stronger, to have more energy, to manage stress, to improve mood and mental health. And, to feel good about the person we see in the mirror. And all of that is cool. They’re all worth the focus. […]

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The rules of graceful fitness

Graceful and reasonable fitness march side by side. Stay loose. Breath through the nose. Complete each repetition with a perfect form. Finish each set with a repetition that looks as good as the first one. Recover in a graceful, even elegant position. Keep breathing through the nose. Cover all movement […]

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We’re like trees

I’ve been listening to this book about trees. Yep. Wait! Hear me out, it’s super interesting. Trees are incredibly complex. And the author did solid work dumming down the topic. So that I too can understand it. And feel kind of entertained listening to it. Throughout the book, I kept seeing […]

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How To Do More Exercise

Finding opportunities for movement instead of a specific time for exercise. Maybe all we need is a shift in thinking. To move away from prescribed exercise and toward random vigorous movement. Instead of asking “how to do more exercise”, we can seek opportunities for physical activity and movement in our day-to-day […]

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The Declining Standard Of Fitness

This is a rant. 165 days. Five and a half months. That’s the minimum military service a Finnish male has to complete after his eighteenth birthday. The time spent in the service is almost a third less than what it was in the 1950s. Back then, the fine youth of […]

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Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

I will bet my left knee cap that as you’re reading this, there is something about your body that you’d like to change. That you don’t feel completely satisfied with how something in your body looks (belly fat), feels (spongy) or moves (tight, or constipated). We often think of this […]

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Being Physically Resilient Makes Life Better

Now here’s a word I love in every possible way. And probably more than any sensible person should love a specific set of alphabets aligned in a meaningful way. Despite the risk of sounding like a hardcore weirdo, here goes. I love the way it looks on a piece of […]

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Walk Away To Come Back Stronger Another Day

Strength, power and cardiovascular fitness forms the foundation for longevity. And these qualities have to be constantly nurtured to stop them from crumbling. They need the integrity that comes from frequent practice. Yet there is a point of diminishing returns. A point of too much. Be it chasing some random […]

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The Restorative Power of Nature

Worry not, I am not turning into a naturopathic charlatan recommending people to snort a combination of celery powder and dragon tears thought a cinnamon stick to cure a nasty case of donkey breath. But we can agree (as does science) that getting outside does something wonderful to us. Like […]

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The Tax On Chasing High Performance

The greatest athletes at the peak of their careers are not necessarily healthier than an average punter. In fact, they might even be worse off because of the toll their sport is taking on the body. Leaning too heavily on performance will have a negative effect on health. And there’s […]

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