This week, useful stuff from around the web on: shorter/intense interval workouts vs. longer/moderate ones; plant-based proteins; and what “mindfulness” really means (and why you should care).
Mindfulness & Stress Management
Here are highly useful things from around the web on: Starting (or restarting) a committed workout program…Healthy carbs to include in your diet (while minimizing bad ones, of course)…and Five simple actions you can take now to enhance your feelings of happiness.
OF COURSE, there’s a world of useful stuff beyond OlderBeast. Too much for you to find, prioritize and incorporate, really. Thus these “weekly web picks”…a hand-selected trio of super-helpful things spanning fitness, nutrition and the mind-and-spirit aspects of wellness.
This week: getting started with pull-ups…knowing the “upper limit” for vitamins & minerals…and exploring meditation.
People talk about Digital Detox—dramatically reducing time spent with email, social and news media, and digital entertainment.
Reclaiming 30, 60 or more minutes a day is a great goal, but it’s also important to “detox” 60-second “interludes” that happen throughout the day.
With all the great fitness, nutrition and wellness stuff out there on the Internet…there’s often too much to make sense of. Without an integrating philosophy and approach, it’s hard to interpret, prioritize and orchestrate everything into your own game plan. And your own plan is what you need, to sustain and thrive on for decades.
Helping you be your own Architect is OlderBeast’s core mission. Now, with OlderBeast philosophy as a foundation, we’re starting a weekly “best of the web” post at OlderBeast.com. For fitness, nutrition and Wellness categories, it features a single, useful pointer to highly-relevant and useful stuff.
Much recent scientific and “self-help industry” attention is being paid to the benefits of deep, controlled breathing. But there’s only so much time in the day, or so many personal “projects” or special routines you can really practice.
Breathing exercises or meditation may sound like “just one MORE thing I know is good for me, but probably won’t do.”
Here is great news for guys whose fitness routine is consistent with OlderBeast principles: yoga and swimming provide “controlled breathing” benefits at the same time that you’re working on strength, endurance, flexibility and balance.
The “Blah Blah Blah” isn’t a “dis” to walking (I love walking…been doing it since I was 11 months old). It’s just acknowledging that headlines touting walking might be background noise because they’re so familiar.
AND YET: many guys rarely walk. And it IS true that walking is a great component of lifelong fitness and wellness, and so easy to do. So what gives? What are the barriers, and how can you overcome them?
The OlderBeast fitness philosophy for the second half of a guy’s life is about spreading our focus across endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. You can work on all those things in your gym, and do exercise classes that cover those bases, too. So no disrespect intended to the great gyms and classes out there (nor the teachers and trainers who work there).
No doubt, man – maintaining endurance, strength, flexibility, balance and exercise-supported peace-of-mind in the second half of our lives takes meaningful time. Four or more days per week.
Major challenge: “We never have enough time” is a truism that is nonetheless true. But if you’re determined to feel great, look good, be happy and live long…exercise needs to be a non-negotiable part of who you are.
So, what should you do?