Rowing Gamified

Gamification of exercise is not something I’d normally endorse, since the effect is likely to be extremely temporary. But in the case of indoor rowing on an ergometer I think it’s much different. I am not in any kind of shape whatsoever, and I did 500M in 2:00 this morning. I was on a WAY […]

Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals

Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence. Yalom 1980 describes four such issues or "ultimate concerns"–death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness. Death is an inevitable occurrence. Freedom, in an existential sense, refers to the absence of external structure. That is, humans do not enter a world which […]

Yale Scientists Describe How Ketamine Relieves Depression WIthin Hours

Many chronically depressed and treatment-resistant patients experience immediate relief from symptoms after taking small amounts of the drug ketamine. For a decade, scientists have been trying to explain the observation first made at Yale University.Today, current evidence suggests that the pediatric anesthetic helps regenerate synaptic connections between brain cells damaged by stress and depression, according […]

Why Fathers Really Matter | NYTimes.com

Doctors have been telling men for years that smoking, drinking and recreational drugs can lower the quality of their sperm. What doctors should probably add is that the health of unborn children can be affected by what and how much men eat; the toxins they absorb; the traumas they endure; their poverty or powerlessness; and […]

Perhaps the Most Important Health Article Anyone Can Read in 3 Minutes

New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Reynolds wrote a whole book about the subject matter called The First 20 Minutes. To get the highest level of happiness and benefits for health, the key is not to become a professional athlete. On the contrary, a much smaller amount is needed to reach the level where happiness […]

Persistent Cannabis Users Show Neuropsychological Decline

Persistent cannabis use was associated with neuropsychological decline broadly across domains of functioning, even after controlling for years of education. Informants also reported noticing more cognitive problems for persistent cannabis users. Impairment was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, with more persistent use associated with greater decline. Further, cessation of cannabis use did not fully restore […]

The Real Reason to Exercise

Most seem to think you should exercise to avoid dying early. That’s an acceptable reason, I suppose, but it misses what I believe to be much more important. Exercise enables you to function the way you should function. It’s a magnifier of value. It helps you finish writing that book, to travel the world, and […]

Keystone Habits | Joel Is

After I’d finished in the gym, I went straight home and had my usual breakfast of 4 Weetabix. As soon as I’d finished, I opened my MacBook Air, turned on the Pomodoro app and set the timer ticking for 30 minutes. I spent 30 minutes replying to emails from my “to-reply” label in Gmail, and […]

Always Dominate Monday | Nerd Fitness

You dominated your Monday workout, setting the tone for workout domination for the whole week.  “This week I am going to hit new records with my workouts. I already kicked ass on Monday, let’s keep it up!” You dominated your Monday with healthy food choices and meals, setting the tone for continued healthy eating all week. […]