If you’re an athlete, I bet you’ve heard of inflammation. We can all remember our coach telling us to ice that painful joint to reduce swelling and inflammation, but what if I told you inflammation goes far beyond the pain of an injury?
You see, inflammation is base level biology. Any time there is damage, inflammation occurs. This inflammation signals our body to repair the damage, and often we improve as a result. Ever heard of exercise? Inflammation from the exercise is what signals your body to make bigger muscles and improve.
The problem is inflammation is when it gets excessive or doesn’t stop. Chronic inflammation sits near the base of nearly every condition you can think of, from autoimmune disease to brain fog to poor recovery and sleep to full-blown mental disorders. …
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Plain and simple: This article is about why you should meditate to get fit.
I’ve been training since age 14 in all manner of sports. Martial arts, swimming, water polo, rock climbing, cross country, discus, backpacking, and finally, CrossFit.
However, I also studied Buddhism extensively the same year I began martial arts. Believe it or not, mindfulness is my single greatest tool for better training. This is because mindfulness, or awareness, cultivates your ability to train. …
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In the past decades, testosterone levels in men have declined drastically. The reason? It seems like everything. More toxic environments, blue light exposure, cheap dopamine access through media and porn, not to mention diet and lifestyle.
Yet while this occurs, testosterone is barely monitored in the medical community. Possibly due to sport-related stigmas against testosterone therapy, or the fact T is classified as a schedule 1 drug if used without a prescription. …
In 2008, my life completely changed. Though I always had a knack for athleticism, the hobbies of then 13-year-old me mainly involved video games.
This all changed when my Dad signed me up for mixed martial arts. It kicked off an obsession with fitness, and over the course of that year, I went from being a scrawny kid to having a physique that looked more appropriate on the cover of a Men’s Health magazine than a 14 year old boy.
When it comes to fitness programs and sports, my curriculum vitae includes P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity, Insanity Max Thirty, Insanity Asylum, Taekwondo (blackbelt earned,) Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, varsity swim team, state qualifying water polo team, cross country, varsity discus throw, rock-climbing, and competitive crossfit. …
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Hey guys. Let me start by saying I LOVE writing for HRD2KILL. This is an awesome community of go-getters. With that said, the info I’m here to provide can and should be used by anyone.
Here’s the gist: BMI (body-mass index) and metabolic health are strongly linked to your risk of dangerous Covid symptoms. Right now, mainstream media doesn’t just avoid these topics, they’re hardly being discussed at all.
While mass testing drives promote McDonalds and offer free Coca-cola as incentive, avoiding these foods would be more effective than a mask any day of the week. …
I’ve done a lot to improve my mind — from meditation to sleep biohacking. I’ve tried supplements, gear, and tactics galore.
Yet it often seems the biggest improvements come from removing things from my life rather than adding them.
In the words of Meister Eckhart: “God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.”
And while I’m not here to find my religion, the statement certainly strikes a chord.
I stopped using my phone in the bedroom and set guidelines for myself that electronics aren’t allowed after 9:30 p.m. …
This article was written for Dr. Kelly Starrett’s The Ready State Blog. You can read it as well as many other great articles at www.thereadystate.com/blog.
In today’s world, burnout is an all-too-familiar feeling for athletes and non-athletes alike. You might not consider yourself Type-A, but modern stressors and the complexity of leading a stable life can easily have you acting like it.
Fortunately, we have hormones to deal with just such stressors. Cortisol, also known as the stress homone, is our first line of defense against such things. …
This article was written for Veteran David Morrow’s HRD2KILL Blog. You can read it there alongside many other great articles, as well as find training programs and an awesome community. David’s work specializes in addressing mental health via fitness, especially within the Veteran and LEO communities.
Hello HRD2KILL community. It is an honor to be writing this article for my friend and fellow health coach David Morrow. I am a health and fitness writer with a long background in sports and athletics. At age 22 I crashed hard, and spent the next two years recovering from complex chronic disease.
Now I write about the ways I got my health back, from improving energy to gaining muscle. For 2 years I couldn’t tolerate exercise without having heart palpitations or a major energy crash. Now, it’s a bit different. …
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This is an ongoing list. Check in regularly as I add more tips and update existing material. …
This article was written for Dr. Kelly Starrett’s The Ready State Blog. You can read it there alongside many similar articles at www.thereadystate.com/blog
Covid is a terrible pandemic, but an even more sinister disease lies beneath it. This disease plagues millions of people around the world, and affects some 40% of Americans.
This disease is called loneliness.
We don’t often think of loneliness as a health condition, but it raises your risk of early death by 25%, raises your inflammation levels, damages your heart, and increases your risk for depression.
From an evolutionary perspective, this all makes sense. To feel alone meant you’d been abandoned by your tribe. Humans don’t survive long on their own, and your subconscious treats these feelings like a death sentence. …