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Weaponise the jazz mindset

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 react to the other musicians he’s playing with or to change the vibe of the audience. Adding notes to a solo or pulling back while another player takes the spotlight….

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Finite focus

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 hours left. Throw in the housework and whatnot. Commuting if you must. Then add up the time you spend interacting with other people. Whether it’s Friday afternoon social tea, helping…

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The window to your future

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 pushing for the heavier weight, constantly running yourself to the ground on trails, or obsessing over whatever the latest hardcore home fitness craze of the moment is. What gets us…

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Questions and solutions

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 context of your situation. When you see a doctor, a dentist or a physiotherapist, you expect them to provide a solution to your problem. Something you can implement immediately. Or…

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Fitness savings account

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. If you’re over 35, you’re likely thinking about the benefits that being active has on aging. Avoiding chronic diseases and getting older gracefully motivates you to move. Instead of stumbling…

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The rules of graceful fitness

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 patterns. Know when you’ve done enough. Leave a little (or a lot) in the tank for the next time. Walk away feeling better than when you started. Know when to…

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We’re like trees

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 these similarities between us and the trees. The modern forest management has a bunch of unhealthy parallels to how we manage our own individual health and fitness. In both cases,…

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How To Do More Exercise

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 life. Exercise, physical activity and movement are all the same thing We could call it ‘fat loss’’ or ‘looking sexy and desirable so my ex-boyfriend/girlfriend would feel bad about leaving…

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The Declining Standard Of Fitness

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 the nation had to gear up for at least eight months. Although the length of the service has changed, one tradition never fades. Whenever the current group of young men…

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Why We Should Appreciate Our Bodies As They Are

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 lack of satisfaction as a good thing. It provides the motivation to switch into our training gear. That little voice that urges us to make healthier decisions during meal times….

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