OlderBeast Weekly Web Picks: February 3, 2017

Helping you be your own Architect is OlderBeast’s mission. Along with OlderBeast original content, these Weekly Web Picks are here to help and hopefully inspire you, for fitness, nutrition and overall Wellness. This week, we focus on push-up technique, health benefits of the spice turmeric, and free online Wellness self-assessments.

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Good news / bad news about the Internet for fitness- and health-minded, 40+ guys.

Good: there’s a fantastic wealth of stuff, from deep experts. I’m amazed by and grateful for information and advice I find almost every day on fitness, nutrition, and other things that contribute to Wellness.

Bad: There’s often too much to make sense of. Without an integrating approach, it’s hard to interpret, prioritize and orchestrate everything into your own game plan.

Helping you be your own Architect is OlderBeast’s mission. Along with OlderBeast original content, these Weekly Web Picks are here to help and hopefully inspire you, for fitness, nutrition and overall Wellness.

Weekly Web Pick: Fitness

Writing for OlderBeast, I mention push-ups frequently. And for good reason: they work multiple muscle groups, are doable with zero equipment and in any setting, and can range from a big chunk of a strength workout to a quickie you add on to an endurance day or a mainly-off day.

But as basic as they are, every guy can benefit from brushing up on push-up technique.

Maybe you haven’t done a push-up in a long time. Today can be the day you end that phase, dude. Maybe you do push-ups currently, but want to be less vulnerable to pulling or straining something. Maybe you’re a push-up king or at least a push-up prince, and you want some more variety and challenge within the realm of push-ups.

Me? I sometimes feel princely, but other times get pushed by schedule or little aches and pains back toward something less awesome. The world of push-ups is a never-ending cycle and quest I’ve learned to embrace. I hope you will too, brother.

Here’s a great, simple tutorial on push-ups – basic technique and multiple variations.

Weekly Web Pick: Nutrition

I’ve been conscientious about vitamins and minerals for a while now—via a high-quality one-a-day and also what I eat. But there’s also a whole world of herbal/natural supplements out there…the ones for which the US FDA hasn’t asserted a firm stance and thus hasn’t announced any official “RDA.”

Awful pun intended, I take a lot of the “miracle herb or spice” claims with a grain of salt. But I decided to start taking turmeric supplements recently based on the emerging evidence of its many benefits. Turmeric is a spice that’s a main ingredient in curry, and so it’s something people have been consuming for thousands of years.

Turmeric proponents point to these benefits, among others: reduced risk of arthritis and inflammation-related pain, lowered risk of heart disease, prevention of certain cancers, reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and other brain conditions, and fighting depression.

The more conservative and most-esteemed web health sources (ones like the Mayo Clinic and WebMD) still qualify their description of turmeric with lots of “may provide” and “studies suggest” type language.

But the benefits they’re referring to are so important, man…and so my perspective is that “may” is a good reason to take a couple of extra pills a day.

Other, less “establishment” info sources really gush about turmeric as somewhat of a miracle spice.  You’ll also see the name curcumin used; that’s the most active chemical compound within turmeric.

To help you explore this and judge for yourself, here’s a “blue chip source” article and “other source” article on turmeric. By the way, in case you decide to start using it, here’s the brand and formulation I use.

Weekly Web Pick: Wellness

In an earlier post about this mega-topic, I suggested two free online wellness self-assessments you may want to try. These are valuable both to vividly illustrate what “Wellness” really means (via the questions they ask)…and to help you take inventory of how your current lifestyle is Wellness-enhancing (or not).

Taking a self-assessment is such a valuable first step to thinking about Wellness. So, I’m using this Weekly Web Pick post to double down on pointing you in this direction.

There are a lot of assessments out there, but these two are good for starters. They’re different enough from each other that, with an extra five minutes, you may want to take both.

TestWell (a reference standard among Wellness assessments).

Thrive Global’s “Pulse” assessment (from the new Wellness-oriented media company launched by Arianna Huffington and others).

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But some football analogies just make sense to me at a visceral level. Especially this one: pursuing long-term body-and-soul health (at 40, 50, 60 and beyond) is like committing to the run as a football strategy.

When a team declares “we WILL run the football,” they commit to guiding principles like: Having a more-patient approach to victory – not trying to “win quickly”…Depending less on flashy or gimmicky approaches – what you see is mainly what you get…and Reducing costly mistakes – fumbles are less common and less damaging than interceptions.

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  1. […] are one of these, discussed here last week. Pull-ups are another…and they’re a much less common part of most guys’ repertoire. […]

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