Meditation, is that what you need? Part 2: Midfulness, Contemplation and Philosophy

In part 1 of this series, I looked at the current body of research into the effects of mindfulness based meditation. Contrary to what you might have been led to believe by the many glowing press reports, there’s actually very little quality evidence to confirm any benefits, and also some pretty serious potential adverse effects! …

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Meditation, is that what you need? Part 1: What Does the Science Say?

For those of you with limited time/non uber-geeks, here’s the gist of the article: Summary Meditation and Mindfulness are becoming very popular practices within the health/fitness/well-being/self-improvement world, indeed, I have been trying it myself on and off for the last 5 or so years. Analyse the available body of research however, and there’s actually very …

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How to Outsmart Your Smartphone in 5 Easy Steps

[est_time] estimated total reading time Just about everyone has a smartphone nowadays, they have become, for most people, indispensable. Though there are still a few hardcore resisters clinging to their Nokia, and telling anyone who’ll listen how great it is that they haven’t had to charge it in three months, we don’t generally see or …

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GR101: The Whys and Hows of Through-Hiking

“Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?’” —Seneca All across South-Western Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Andorra), there are a network of long-distance hiking trails, known as …

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Will Cycling to Work Really Cut your Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease by Half?

[est_time] estimated total reading time I am a cyclist. It is by far my preferred mode of transport. I cycle around town, I cycle to the shops, I go on bike rides for fun. You’d might think therefore, that I’d be joyfully and uncritically tweeting and sharing around the recent press coverage of the latest …

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Does Jazz Music cause Cancer?

[est_time] estimated total reading time Chances are you saw one of the various news reports last year on the following paper: Life Expectancy and Cause of Death in Popular Musicians: Is the Popular Musician Lifestyle the Road to Ruin?1 It makes pretty interesting, and in parts, shocking, reading – The life expectancies of popular musicians …

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Why I’d Still Skip the Ice Baths, Even if they Worked

[est_time] estimated total reading time So I’ve been meaning to write a post on Ice Baths, Cold Showers and Cold-Thermogenesis / Cryotherapy for quite some time. Several years in fact! I believe I first came across the idea in 2010, via The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. Now, let me say, I am eternally …

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In it to Win it? The Double Edged Sword of Competition

A central tenet of Live Now Thrive Later is to avoid focusing on extrinsic goals. Rather, it is better to live in the moment, and derive pleasure, fulfillment and satisfaction from whatever it is you are doing right now, while you are doing it. That you concentrate on doing the task in hand the best …

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How I fell in Love with Capoeira

Just over one year ago I decided to try Capoeira. I was initially thinking to look for a new BJJ school, but my wife suggested we try a Capoeira class instead so that we could train together (BJJ is most definitely not her thing!). I thought why not? Though I didn’t know much about it, …

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Genes and Health: Can you change your genetic destiny?

Life just isn’t fair. It’s not unusual to hear of young, healthy, active people that don’t smoke and eat well, suffering from congenital heart attacks or rare forms of cancer, while others who’ve smoked and chugged down bottles of whisky daily live to become centenarians. While of course these extremes are relatively rare occurrences, there …

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