Category: Health

Going To Sleep Should Be Exciting

Going to sleep should be more exciting for us. Who needs a Netflix show before bed when you’ve got dreams to look forward to? I’ve dreamt of fighting Egyptian mummy-sorcerers, skiing to a mountain castle, and helping to keep a young child alive in a medical emergency. And for every crazy dream I forget, there’s […]

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Get Dirty

Between yesterday and today I plowed a couple of fields, operated a dirt excavator, mucked around in fields and marsh, played fetch with a smart little cattle dog, and rode, groomed, and fed horses. I’ve come home dirty each night. And it feels amazing. On city days I would come home tired, but not really […]

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Tips for Feeling at Home In the Gym

Gyms can be intimidating for the newly-christened strength trainer. So many machines, so many types of weight exercises, and lots of buff dudes walking around who seem to know exactly what they’re doing. I’ve spent most of my life avoiding them one way or the other. I was only a halfhearted participant in physical education […]

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Sleep Through Your Evening Commute

I’m a big fan of living outside of the normal modern human time cycles. Rush to work at 8? Rush home at 5? No thanks. If you’ve tried it, you know that traveling and trying to get things done (from grocery shopping to watching a movie at the cinema) simultaneously with everyone else results in […]

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Being in Two Zones at Once

Somehow near mile 2 of a trail run today, political philosophy entered the picture, and I spent the rest of my run (including the most difficult uphill portion) exchanging ideas on the state, liberty, and culture with my trail-running partner. Before I knew it, I was in the zone – or rather, I was “in […]

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Post-Nausea Gratitude

When’s the last time you were truly nauseous? It’s a horrible feeling – all the worse because it’s usually a low-level, dull sense of unease and volatility. I experienced nausea today for the first time in months, and – as it always does – it feels like the end of the world. No amount of […]

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Clean Drinking Water Would Be a Nice Birthday Present: Support Charity:Water for James’s 23rd

Birthdays aren’t all that impressive to me. Turning 23 (or any age) entitles me to none of your praise or congratulations or good wishes. You know what you should be celebrating? How about clean drinking water and the people who make it possible? As many of us Atlantans learned recently, it only takes one or two days of […]

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The Trouble With “Listening To Your Body”

There has been a trend I’ve noticed lately in the (largely healthy) world of American literature on self-compassion/self-knowledge/self-care. We are told that our culture by and large ignores the needs of the body, and that we need to “listen to our bodies” more. To a large extent, this critique and this advice is right*. But what does […]

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Misadventures in Curing the Common Cold

It all started with a flu shot (I think). The symptoms of a cold come slowly, like a shark slowly circling. First comes drainage. Then comes nasal congestion. Then come watery eyes. Then comes coughing and sneezing. When cold-like symptoms come around, I get excited. “I never get sick,” I tell myself. “I’m going to […]

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When Exhaustion Plays Mind Games

When I used to go for regular routed runs in my old neighborhood, I would notice that the last parts were  especially hard for me. Granted, I’m not the best runner in the world, but this was interesting. I was only running about a mile in distance. Maybe it was pacing. Maybe it was that I […]

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The Importance of a Good Running Playlist (Or, Creating Your Own Personal Training Montage)

If you’ve been out for a run recently, you know it’s hard not to feel alive when you’re going full out down a road on foot. But life without a soundtrack is only half as good as a life set to music. Music gives you that extra burst of energy when you’re starting to feel […]

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Good Sugar-Free Chocolate Is a Thing | A Review of Lily’s Sweets Chocolate

Not even the world’s most radical health nut can say many bad things about chocolate. Humans have been eating it for hundreds of years. It has antioxidants. Its caffeine content can boost mood and alertness. And it’s just fun to eat. But if you don’t want to load your body with cane sugar, you’re probably […]

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Never Run the Same Trail Twice: a Mental Hack for Easier Running

The other day I hiked around Tennessee’s Lake Radnor, and I started jogging when I hit the broader part of the trail. Despite not having run for several days, I found myself taking a run in stride across sometimes-tricky terrain (uneven and cracked asphalt). I’ve been running a bit more lately as part of my regimen […]

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Grocery Store Rotisserie Chicken: the Savior of a Fast, Healthy Diet

I’m no health expert, but I am pretty experienced in eating bad diets. If you’re like me and your ambition is to get healthier in your eating – through moving away from carbs and toward a higher protein/fat mix* – you’re going to have to do some planning and routinization of your eating so that you […]

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The Video That Helped Me Start Daily Morning Yoga

Most types of specialized physical training can be a bit intimidating to outsiders, but yoga is in a category of its own. The connection to spirituality and the weird pose names (“downward facing dog? Child’s pose? Cow pose?) make yoga mystifying to the average person. Among other things, this probably kept me from engaging with yoga for […]

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