Articles by: Joonas

Let’s say there’s no free will

And let’s assume that instead of forcing our actions with free will, everything we do is based on our previous experiences. Those previous experiences are based on our previous-previous experiences. And so on. And those early previous experiences when we were born and had no previous experiences? Those were based […]

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Ok, so this is probably not for you

It’s definitely not for me. But it’s inspirational nevertheless. Since 1989, more than 1,000 ultramarathoners have attempted the Barkley Marathons in Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee. But only 20 have ever finished the 100-mile course, which includes about 16,500 metres of elevation – the equivalent of climbing Everest twice […]

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The biggest downside of training at home

It’s not the fact that you don’t have all the equipment you could dream of. I actually think that’s an upside. A more minimalist training setup means that you’ll spend less time distracted by the latest shiny object and more time training. The biggest downside, at least for those of […]

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Here’s a “pill” to reduce hot flushes

A new study shows that resistance training has a significant effect on reducing the severity and frequency of hot flashes in post-menopausal women. “Statistical analysis shows that vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes) were more common in the control group and decreased significantly in the resistance training group after the intervention” Here’s […]

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Anything works with one caveat

If you only care about general fitness for general life stuff, almost anything and everything will work. You don’t need a program or a plan. Just focus on hitting two or three 30-minute strength training sessions each week. Top that with some cardio and get in your daily steps. But […]

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Here’s how to make those workouts more rewarding

According to self-determination theory, we’re all driven by three basic psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. When these three are in place, we’re much more likely to feel motivated to keep going instead of forcing ourselves forward with raging willpower. Here’s how to use self-determination theory to help you stick […]

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Here’s how to guarantee failure

Only setting short-term goals and focusing on the day-to-day is guaranteed to make you feel like a failure. When you have a tight fitness goal to reach, every rep, set and day counts. But as you well know, life has a way of not giving two shits about your plans. […]

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You’re not helping

I was listening to a podcast of a fitness professional sharing her insights on all things health and fitness. Half way through I got annoyed by how almost all of her answers started with an example of what she does in her day-to-day. Now, it can be helpful to occasionally […]

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Change your state

No, not your physical location, but the way you feel. On most week days, when I close my laptop after a day’s work, I am a ball of anxiety, frustration, and everything in between. Just name a negative feeling, and I can find it’s home somewhere deep in my brain. […]

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Don’t avoid it. Celebrate it

We often see frustration as the enemy, but focusing on the negative means we’re missing something significant. We feel frustrated when we hit a plateau, fail to meet our goals or face ginormous obstacles. These are opportunities for reflection and adaptation. They signal that it’s time to reevaluate our methods, […]

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