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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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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Barefoot Running Away from the Truth?

I was an early adopter of the “barefoot shoe” – At the time I was deeply immersed in the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, and so the concept that we evolved without shoes struck a chord with me. As with other aspects of the Paleo/Primal lifestyle, however, I’ve begun to question much of the theory which underpins the …

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Too S.M.A.R.T for your own good?

Maybe your S.M.A.R.T Goals aren’t so Smart? I used to be a big proponent of S.M.A.R.T goals, in fitness and strength training, and other aspects of life too. For those of you not familiar with the acronym, S.M.A.R.T stands for the following: S – Specific M – Measurable A – Achievable R – Realistic T …

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What is Food? Part VI: Making Decisions

In the first instalment of this series, I argued that there is no such thing as food. Rather that there are only other living organisms, some of which we choose to label as food, but that these labels are often pretty arbitrary. In the subsequent posts, I looked at the four major criteria on which …

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What is Food? Part V: A Potential Source of Pleasure

I love food. I love talking about food, I love cooking and preparing food, but most of all I love eating food. I certainly see foods as a source of energy and raw materials, and I am aware that certain foods can be potentially harmful to my health, however, I also view food as a …

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Is attitude equally as important as activity?

I spotted this study on Chris Highcock’s (author of Hillfit) conditioning research blog the other day and found it very interesting: The health paradox of occupational and leisure-time physical activity I’ve talked before about the importance of attitudes and expectations in determining the effectiveness and outcomes of physical activities, and perhaps this may be one …

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