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  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

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    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • The anatomy and fitness function of our gorgeous human ass ( The mighty three we call the Gluteus ).

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    The gorgeous strength of Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your lifelong guide.



    Fitness is as wonderful for your health as it is for landing you a more sculpted and capable body over time.
    But that will never change that even fit people (quite a lot of them) are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Case in point the fit and good looking girl you can see in the IG video I am linking to, she obviously trains hard and regular while being in great shape, and she does know quite a few things about the body and the science of staying healthy and fit.
    Which is wonderful on all counts.
    But like so many other gym goers she is seemingly misinformed about a few things too ( on the other hand, so are we all :P ). Allowing wrongful information and knowledge to shape her choices and the choices of other people that gulps up everything we fit people believe to be true. However, if you are willing to listen to it the beautiful science of health and fitness will guide you towards a better body and better health and better workouts if you pay attention to real fitness science instead of personal opinions. You see, there is nothing wrong with the exercises she is doing. But outside of the wonderful world of human anatomy, there is no such thing as an upper or lower butt muscle as far as your exterior appearance goes, nor is there a meaningful difference as far as your practical fitness capacity and workout goes.

    Click through and let us talk about Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

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    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

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    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

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    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

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    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

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    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

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    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

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    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

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    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    And how life in the Anthropocene is the tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Healthy living is nothing but the science of life.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat ( Omega 3 mainly ), iron, B12, Iodine and creatine going plant-based is very easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

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    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.



    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
    And in that spirit, this ultramarathon is not just about bringing together runners from all around the world, it is also a marathon to save the endangered Rhino from going extinct, and to better the entire world.

  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 18, will obesity increase my risk of developing Alzheimer?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 18 in our School of Fitness.
    Obesity is no friend of any individuals longterm health. We all know that.
    But is cheering each other into obesity and being overweight also scientifically speaking, causing an increase in the risk of developing Alzheimer?.

  • Anthropocene: We have real global progress but also life diminishing quality for hundreds of million of people. Official UNICEF study.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Global progress.
    And diminishing lives.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In a world of global progress in a lot of important aspects, we can never close our eyes to the simple fact that hundreds of millions of people around this beautiful world are witnessing how their lives are becoming increasingly worse.
    quote:
    “In a time of rapid technological change leading to huge gains in living standards, it is perverse that hundreds of millions are seeing living standards actually decline, creating a sense of injustice among them and failure among those entrusted with their care,” “No wonder they feel their voices are unheard and their futures uncertain.”
    - Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research, and Policy.

  • Black Friday 20% off: fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.

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    The art of living.
    Fine art for the living room walls by yours truly.
    Black Friday discount.



    You pick the size, the framing and whether you prefer the white margin or zero margins on your print and there you go, parcel on the way.
    Printing & shipping is handled by the Swedish fine art gallery Printler and they ship to all of Europe.
    And for Black Friday you´ll even get a 20% discount, valid until Monday 27 Nov.

  • 'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree'. Here we live in the age of the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    sprouts and roots
    A healthy you, is a healthy world.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    'At the bridge to Asgard, sprouts and roots grow the ever tree' through the gates of life and death, and the turning of the Midgard snake.
    We walk beneath a starry sky, weaved by light and dark and obscured shades our eyes can not see.

    We melt and turn the tides of time, as we spill the soil between our fingers.
    It drips back down to where it came from, all while the ants and worms grow unseen layers of brand new soil.

  • Fitness & Health: 'Health at a Glance' is a European health report covering obesity around Europe in 2017.

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    Health at a Glance
    A European health report 2017
    Fitness & Health.



    Health at a Glance is a European health report for 2017. And in it the United Kingdom is revealed to be Western Europes most obese nation.
    So, perhaps, fish and chips and beer just isnt the best of national food obsessions.
    Another important highlight that bounces right back at you is how obesity in the UK has increased by 92% since the 1990s ( it´s been increasing in every nation btw, but good ol England is leading the pack ).

    And since we also know by now that obesity & overweight is not just about a individual increase in body fat %, which would have been perfectly fine and all down to personal preferences in body composition and aesthetics, but instead is directly tied to a huge increase in several health issues, such as diabetes & cancer and severely decreased quality of life and longevity.

  • 9 million annual deaths due to worldwide pollution in air, soil, water. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    9 million
    annual deaths due to worldwide pollution
    The art of living.



    Every year the number of people that die prematurely due to worldwide pollution keep on increasing. And right now that pollution in water, soil, air, chemical or work-related pollution is already taking the life of 9 million people around the world.

    Let us think about that for one more second, every single year 9 million people end up dying prematurely due to the modern day pollution we all contribute to.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 17, is there a correlation between the rise in obesity, calories consumed and sedentary living?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 17 in our School of Fitness.
    Let us focus on obesity for the next few questions, and the first one out is the increase of sedentary living & the individual increase in calories per day that people consume through their dietary choices and how that correlates, or not, to the presumed increase in people that can be categorized with obesity.
    Do we have a clear-cut correlation? Or do you believe that people neither move around less, eat more calories per day, or grow more obese?.
    Let´s for argument's sake compare today's ( last few years ) situation with 1975.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 16, Can women post menopause create healthier and stronger bones if they start lifting challenging weights?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 16 in our School of Fitness.
    Can women with low bone mass start to maintain much healthier bone mass and bone health post menopause through challenging weight training?.

  • Health & Fitness science: Maintain healthy mitochondria through exercise-induced mitophagy.

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    Mitochondria
    Health in muscles and heart.
    Life is your own art.



    New research once again showcases how exercise improves muscle health and, exercise capacity and how that positive mechanism with perpetual fitness regimes in the end greatly improves general health and longevity for each individual.
    Allowing continued fitness activity to become one of the finest predictors we have of general mortality and biological health and wellbeing in any given population and individual.
    This particular study was published in the journal Nature Communications and it digs deep down inside our bodies as it takes a long look at how exercise helps the body and mind keep healthy and strong by transforming and maintaining our body on a cellular level.

  • Anthropocene & the human health. Plastic litter in our salt, tap water, honey, fish & food. Land and soil and blood system.

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    Plastic Litter
    Tap water, Sea salt & Food.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    In Europe, 72% of all tap water contains 1.9 fibers of plastic litter per 500ml of water.
    That number increases to 94% of all tap water in the USA which contains 4.8 plastic litter fibers per 500ml of water. And worldwide 83% of all tap water contains plastic litter.
    But the issue of plastic contamination in our water is not just about tap water, nor is it, as we have previously talked about, only a concern with sea food. This is a growing man-made health issue which has been going on for a very long time and by now it is part of every aspect of society and our natural world.
    For instance, scientists found plastics in products in studies on Chinese Sea salt in 2015.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 15, Do you eat plastic litter when you add salt to your food?.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes





    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 15 in our School of Fitness.
    I like to say that 'Individual health is planetary health & planetary health is individual health'. So today's question will focus a bit on that simple fact.
    Here goes. Can something as trivial as adding salt to your food expose you to unhealthy plastic litter ( on top of the many well established unhealthy aspects of consuming too much salt )?

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 13, the truth of overweight and metabolically healthy.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 13 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question, there is a polite saying that goes like this,"fat but fit". And that is certainly a wonderfully inclusive phrase, and as such worth repeating, and respecting, this world has far too much of fat, fit and slut shaming as it is. But how is the simple truth of being fat but metabolically healthy actually looking?

  • Anthropocene: A long form article called Indonesia

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    Indonesia
    17,000 islands & almost 260 million people
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with its soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.

  • Books & Publishing: How and where to buy or read 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'

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    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Book 1 in my mature, new adult Sci-fi universe.



    Wings of a Raven, 2028AD.
    Price: $2.99
    Print length: 147 Pages
    Publication date: August 2017
    ISBN: 9781537855714
    Read it at your local library or right here at my own 'a Norse View' library.
    Or if you so prefer you can buy it from your fav book store for 2.99US$.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 12, Running and the shock impact of each step.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes





    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 12 in our School of Fitness.
    Today's question, running is a super healthy aspect of any fit & healthy lifestyle. But the brunt of running too often also put intense pressure and wear on feet and knees and tibia since our lower body absorbs almost all of the impact while we run.
    So how often do the average runner ( in general ) smash their delicate feet's and shin bone into that immovable ground per minute while they are ramping up the miles.

  • Book: 'Wings of a Raven, 2028AD'. The first book from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz. Mature and at times naughty storytelling and explicit events hide behind each page of this sci-fi tale. Less than 40 000 words.




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and explicit events.
    UHD audio video book reading TBA
    Vacation read ( Three+ Nights Bed time read )
    'Wings of a Raven' By Mike Koontz is the first book in a shared contemporary book universe called 2028AD. Mature and at times even naughty storytelling and explicit events lurk behind each page as we traverse the known familiarities of planet Earth and the uncharted vastness of the universe.
    And if at any point and turn, you feel that you need more from this charming sci-fi universe, reach for the abyss of the dark world wide web and the home of every book and short story that relates to 2028AD right here at anorseview.com.
    The first book in this sci-fi universe, is delivered with a touch of abstract horror, and the pleasure and kink of sensual and sultry naughty love. Mixed with moments of life and death, science, and space exploration, pollution, sex, war, poverty, famine. The man made horror and climate change.
    In the 2028AD universe Earth is a world wrought in chaos. And it is a place where hope and despair tumble and take turn with the trembling steps of colonizing other planets while the oceans on planet Earth keeps rising.
    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    2018, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 10, Describe the complete meaning of the fitness word "repetition".

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 10 in our School of Fitness.
    Explain the word repetition as it applies to weight lifting.
    Every fitness routine talks about reps and set. But what does that mean, what constitutes a "repetition"?.

  • Moments from the wilderness, quality of life, offline vacation and book releases by Mike Koontz.

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    Moments from the wilderness
    Summer equals offline vacation



    Just a quick hello from my pristine offline vacation.
    I am still enjoying a wonderful and productive offline vacation, but life is this endless waterfall of unbridled inspiration in any given day's endless little things.
    It comes fully packed ( inspiration ) within the beings that inhabit those days, the separate and connected individual moments and all the everyday stuff.

    So I had to pop in for a quick long read post because life inspired me to try and capture the gorgeous real life art which is on full display right in our very own wildlife place, our garden of trees :).

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 4, can you increase protein synthesis with 20% post workout?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 4 in our School of Fitness.
    Is it beneficial in a measurable way for lean muscle mass recovery and protein synthesis to consume 40g of protein post workout instead of 20g?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Agonist? Antagonist, Atrophy, Hyperplasia et cetera.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    This is a short and quick educational Q&A category regarding the science of health and fitness. Each article in the "fitness school" category will provide you with a short question and three possible answers.
    Make your choice and click to reveal the correct answer to see if you are as well informed about the science of fitness and health as you believe you are.

  • Anthropocene: Volvo heralds the global end of the combustion engine-powered car.

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    the end of the combustion engine-powered car.
    Anthropocene is the science & footprint of you and me on Planet Earth



    This marks the end of the combustion engine-powered car.
    Volvo going all in on Electric engines in their car offerings.
    Starting 2019, every Volvo will make use of an electric motor.
    To top it off, Volvo will also make use of a completely climate neutral manufacturing operation by 2025.

    And while this is just one good ol car manufacturer crossing over to the better side of car manufacturing, Volvo will of course not be alone in this transition.
    Just as we see energy producers working their ass off to transition to a cleaner world without fossil fuel in their portfolios, car manufacturers are now all in on making safer ( autonomous cars ) and cleaner ( fully electric cars ) vehicles.

  • Anthropocene: a single strand of atoms, a prescient story about plastic litter, our warming oceans and individual health.

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    Plastic litter, a prescient story.
    Anthropocene is the science & art of life on Planet Earth



    At some point in life, you might discover yourself having walked far enough outside the map that plots the discourse of the common life that society expects all to follow beyond their birth, and at this point of discovery, this is where you might realize that you can cut out all the distractions of the buzzy bees, and the perceived connotations of what people stubbornly claims to be "just how it is", all while they seemingly refuse to see how things actually are.

    And once you do, the void of white noise and people without words of meaning to express, all the colors and moving shapes from all the non-essential patches that weaves together to raise a banner of hollowness will start to dissipate.

  • Planet Earth: open letter for our planet, health & mutual future to Merkel and our G20 leaders before their meeting with Trump.

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    Dear Chancellor Merkel.
    contemporary life is the science & art of Planet Earth



    Dear Chancellor Merkel, I am writing you in your role as one of the more public representatives of Europe ( and the prosperity of the entire world ).
    Billions of people reject Trump’s attempts to divide the world on climate change and our mutual health and wellbeing. His disregard for science and public progress, education, and health.
    And as such, we call on you to lead the G20 meeting towards a healthier and more sustainable future, with or without the involvement of the USA or any other country and leader that is willfully turning its back on the future of humanity, our planet, science, health, and equality.

  • Equality is a healthier life: Hell on earth can be found inside the hollow neglect that is life on GB road in Delhi, India.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes





    The weight of the world is just a fleeting moment
    contemporary life is the science & art of Planet Earth



    India is a wonderful nation of immense potential and filled with fascinating heritage and culture, but it can also be quite a sad and horrible place for women and children.
    We have the ever present and immense pollution and poverty. The inequality that seems almost steeped in the seams of its old and rich history.
    And almost always guided and directed towards the poor, and more than anything females.
    You also have something even worse, related but different. And this sordid face of the underbelly of the rapidly changing but still traditional Indian society is best represented by a road that could be described as the road to hell on Earth.

  • Healthier Living: EU is going healthy & sustainable with the important school lunch across the entire European region.

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    healthy & sustainable school lunch across the entire European region
    contemporary life is our own science & art



    In a small but important step towards a better world and healthier people EU is launching a positive step forward to promote and subsidize sustainable and locally produced food that is healthy. Such as fruits and greens in schools across all of Europe
    The new Europe-wide initiative will help fund up to three-quarters of the cost of serving fruit and greens, locally produced and sustainable food to school students.

    Organic food will receive up to 75% help, while traditionally grown fruit and greens will receive up to 65%.

  • The magic of Midsummer, a pagan day of life, harvest, endless sunshine, sex and joy in Scandinavia.

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    midsummers magic.
    contemporary life is our own art



    Wishing the entire world a wonderful midsummer with this silly midsummer poem and summery views which you can read beyond the break.
    creativity is a combination of having a thirst and desire for the discipline of exploring the world, and a fully alive spirit to consume all that life has, and to finally, spit it all out in a new shape and form for others to indulge in.

  • Planet Earth: As if straight out of the cutesy book 'wind in the willows', the good ol and extremely photogenic water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction.

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    water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    As if straight out of the cutesy book 'wind in the willows', the good ol and extremely photogenic water voles ( Arvicola amphibius ) returns from the brink of UK extinction, with a little help from the human hands that orchestrated its near extinction in the first place.
    As such, Kielder Forest in Northumberland, England will now get to see 700 Scottish highlander water voles invade and conquer its lush and serene country setting in the summer of 2017.
    Not by accident, nor is it born in a devious water vole plot to reclaim the mainland of the United Kingdom.
    Instead, this is one of the many wonderful rewilding wildlife and sustainable projects going on in Europe right now.

  • Endangered wildlife: Malawi national park and the return of the Cheetahs.

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    fewer than 7000 adult cheetahs are estimated to survive in the wild.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    Cheetahs have already disappeared from more than 90 percent of their natural habitat in Africa ( not to mention in other areas such as the middle east ), and the wild population continues to decline in an unsustainable way.
    Today fewer than 7000 adult cheetahs are estimated to survive in the wild.
    Making the cheetah one of the world's most endangered land living apex predators.

    But not all hope is lost and there is not just a global consensus that the situation as it is is impossible for the cheetah but plenty of hard work is also being done to rectify the near extinction that awaits the cheetah.

  • Homo Sapiens, the mutant child and our planetary surfboard on which we surf the Universe. Updated June 2017.

    Quality time needed: 11 minutes


    We surf across a sea of gravitational waves.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    Planet Earth. Our bluish marble of brown and green.
    Apex species. Planet Earth is inhabited by a rapidly evolving and diverse humanoid species which as this planet's current primary apex predator is actually made up by a wide range of multiple hominid species mutually forming it's diverse genetic origin and lineage.
    Mutant name. Contemporary humans.
    Planetary trajectory, unknown.
    The entire planet, solar system and milky way galaxy dart and weave, jump and spin all over the place inside the known universe. It might feel as if it is this solid zen-like teacup of calmness, but in reality, it is constantly changing shape and form, mass, speed, and trajectory.
    The speed of planetary travel can be measured as millions of kilometer per hour. ( Not millions actually, just 828,000 kilometers per hour to be exact )

  • Why death metal speaks to my soul with the richness of the subtle and earthly beauty of the Scandinavian landscapes.

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    death metal speaks to my soul with the earthly beauty of the Scandinavian landscapes.
    contemporary life is your own art



    Life is this endless canvas of soft and hard, varied in the raw and softly spoken whispers, and inside of that endless change and variation it gladly have room for differing taste in music, and my kind of metal is absolutely not for everyone :).
    As such I have never been surprised that most of the same people that find something pleasingly calm or beautiful in my writing and photography usually consider it an absurd contradiction that I so happily mix it up with grinding death metal of various shades.
    But for me it speaks with the same voice.

  • The wildlife gardener and the way that life slowly carves the mountain into a sculpture. Water pollution and the influence of beavers and farmers.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    This is the way that life slowly carves the mountain into a sculpture
    contemporary life is your own art



    It slowly happens over time, you know, by the hands of natural evolution and life itself, it happens through every second of every day that ticks us by. From the way the earth turns, and the soil grows, the way that water and wind erode things over the course of eternity.
    It happens through the tunnels that ants and termites build and the way that sand polish stone.
    The way we walk and swim, build and leave behind things, the water that carves its own changing path through the rocky cold mountains that run through our entire planet. It is seen in the roots of the trees that refuse to die after 10 000 years and slowly crack the ground open.

  • Short story: 'The Gateway Earth Chaebol, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    The Gateway Earth Chaebol
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    'The Musk colony' as it was informally called could right now be thought of as a real but still very challenged success simply because the fleet had actually managed to reach their destination and somewhat to his own surprise, the entire fleet was still operational, bruised but functional.
    And considering how space travel and logistics had been prone to so many errors in the decades leading up to their unparalleled launch, the fact that they were all here, it was nothing but amazing. Taken for granted by the crew, by now at least, but still nothing but amazing.

    And while it was true, that they still had not actually put any human feet on the ground. Or even landed a single ship or UAV.
    We had reached our destination.

  • Warfare by Megaponera analis. A day in the life of termites and ants and what it can tell us about the importance of Earth day, science and fact based education.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    Warfare by Megaponera analis.
    The Science of healthy living.



    They came marching in at dawn, shoulder to shoulder they formed long winding columns of wordless but well-armed soldiers in gleaming dark armor that stretched as long as the eye could see. 500 men passed us by with the rising sun painting the light of this new day behind their backs. But this would not be a day of peaceful tranquility under the light of the rising sun, instead, the sun rose up from beneath the horizon as the herald of war and death in what we all knew would turn out be just another day in their relentless campaign.

  • Healthy living: The bad health curse of smoking, almost 7 million dead people and 150 million health related issues in one year due to smoking.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    150 million health related issues in one year.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Almost 7 million dead people around the world in one single year ( 2015 ), due to smoking.
    Making it account for 11.5% of worldwide deaths during 2015.
    Out of the roughly 7 million dead people, 52.2% lived in four countries, China, India, the USA, and Russia.

    13 countries, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA have showed significant year-to-year rates of decline of smoking between 1990 and 2015.

    But while an increasingly lower percentage of the global population keep up with the filthy and unhealthy habit of smoking, as time goes by due to our global population increase the total number of smokers is still going up, and it is now close to 1 billion people!.

  • This is a story of salt: The female perspective, your health and the 2.5 million people that die worldwide every single year due to excessive salt consumption.

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    A story of salt, the outcome, your health & the female picture.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Let us start from the tail of the end. Because we all know that every good tale comes equipped with an end that makes the rest of the story worth reading.
    And as such, the developing story of salt is a story of the roughly 2.5 million deaths around the world which could be prevented each year if global salt consumption was to be reduced below the recommended levels.

  • Health: A life of health and fitness is in truth exactly like a game of chess.

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    A life of fitness is a game of chess.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to health and fitness, and the cerebral battlefield of chess the simple truth is that they are very much alike.
    There are no unearthly and illogical surprises waiting in the dark of night that will upend and change the actual fabric of the landscape.
    Your opponent can not cast fiery magic and summon demons from the netherworld to do their bidding.
    Instead what we have is a beautifully defined field of known and still developing, yet for now, unknown for you and me facts and variables, and the vast amount of personal choices those known, but evolving facts allows us to make.

    And at every step of that personal journey, chess and fitness will leave you standing as the sole commander, at a vast field made up of pure facts and deductive knowledge and the cause and consequences that every single choice will give birth to.

  • MMA and 'The People that Bleed': Meet Brad Picket.

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    The People that bleed
    UFC fighter Brad Picket



    'The people that bleed' is our own label for a series of videos, all produced by UFC, that I feel show us a more real and nuanced, intimate perhaps view of the actual soul and personality of the real human being that makes up the flesh and bone, heart and thoughts behind the bravado and attitude of the MMA fighter persona.

    In this 9 minutes long video, we get to meet Brad Picket (25-14 MMA, 5-9 UFC), a tiny blue collar sized UK based fighter whom retired after his final UFC fight on march 18, 2017 against Brandon Vera.

  • Health & Fitness: The unhealthy reality of the MMA style weight cut. A BBC documentary.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    The Unhealthy Practice of MMA weight cutting
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    For most people getting a bit more fit, and healthy by eating cleaner food and less calories and working out more is a great life improving choice.
    And for most, that will lead to health improving reductions in unhealthy body fat levels and body weight. But as we previously talked about in another article, when you are already in shape, rocking a fit and toned body, eating healthy amounts of healthy food, doing weights and cardio, there comes a limit where dropping even more in body weight and body fat becomes damaging and unhealthy instead of health and fitness improving.

    And beyond that basic reality, you have the insanity of MMA and Boxing weight cuts that far to many pro fighters go through just so they can fight in a weight class that they are to athletic and big to actually be fighting in.
    I am saying that because MMA style weight cutting is not something that anyone interested in health and fitness should ever do.
    Period.

    Neither should pro fighters in my own opinion. In a ideal world you would be the only one doing MMA style weight cuts, allowing you to fight people 20 to 30 lbs smaller than you, with much shorter leg and arm reach, 20+lbs less muscle mass and all the disadvantage that would give them in strength, endurance, strike impact and absorption.
    But you see, when every other fighter do the same weight cut, no one benefits, and everybody suffers from the exact same detrimental and unhealthy exhaustion that MMA style weight cuts are. With less fitness come fight night and potentially worse health for the long haul as the only real result.

  • Health & Fitness: Daily Milk, Fruit and Vegetable consumption, in relation to your mortality rate and health.

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    Dairy for the fit and healthy guidelines
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Time and science continually march forward, and that is a thing of utmost beauty. But that simple fact also requires all of us to keep an open mind towards the way we do our own fit and healthy life so that we can continually adapt and improve as we uncover new layers of scientifically established health and fitness knowledge, and at times, accept that new health and fitness science-based knowledge might force us to change direction and toss out old established "truths".

    So today we find ourselves in a brave new world where a comprehensive Swedish study covering the health impact of daily dairy and fruit consumption ended up giving us so much new scientifically based knowledge about our health and food choices that the time has come to update our "dairy for the fit and healthy guidelines".

    Organic and sugar-free yogurt is still with us, while milk is completely tossed to the side, yes even lactose-free milk gets the boot out my door.
    Why you might ask?
    Well, the answer is simply put science baby, adapt or die :).

    Milk is as far as we understand it right now causing real health issues over time that simply do not happen when you consume sugar-free yogurt or no dairy at all.
    This Swedish study involved close to 200 000 people, and the accumulated data over several years indicates that a high milk consumption shortens individuals life span through increased oxidative stress and inflammation caused by that daily milk consumption.
    And as such milk has to go since yogurt provides all the same high-quality nutrition as milk and thus, all the benefits of dairy can be met through organic, sugar-free yogurt without risking the by now, strongly implicated long-term health issues associated with drinking milk.

  • Science: The Euphoric Flight of Creativity and what hides inside our mind.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    The Essence of Creativity, Hides Inside our Minds
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance its very best only to its own bidding. Hidden away, inside and behind the curtain of what we consider our conscious thoughts, our "little brain" powers on with magnificent poise.

    The small, behind the scene part of what we think of as our brain, is despite its small size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

  • Science: Air Pollution and dementia. Global pollution and unhealth, and the link to mortality rates for children under 5.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Air Pollution and our health
    The factual Science of a Healthy Life, updated with WHO data, march 2017



    Science continually spits out more reasons in a never ending string as to why anyone interested in their own health and body should also be caring for a sustainable society and world.
    As if it is not already bad enough with modern day life´s annoying sidekick, air pollution, causing cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases and crazy smog in a growing number of cities. We can now add dementia to the list of unpleasant and unhealthy effects that life in any unsustainable society will cause through air pollution.


    Swedish researchers at Umeå University have uncovered compelling evidence for a direct link between air pollution and dementia. The run down is that if you happen to live in an area that leaves you exposed to air pollution you will run a 40 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia compared to if you would have chosen to live in a city with healthier air and environment.

  • Book: "Legend of the Stone Cutter'', is a short fantasy adaptation of a man that wished for ever more . Originally written by the authors Brother Grimm with minor writing by Mike Koontz. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




    Kid Friendly
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    Short story ( coffee break bite )
    The legend of the stone cutter is often thought of as a Japanese folktale. But there are also seeds of pagan Europe and other parts of Asia in its many origins and crossroads.

    It weaves the tale of a poor man, plagued with unhappiness for his own lot in life. This man worked as a highly skilled but poorly paid stonecutter, and one day he simply came to the conclusion that enough was enough and that he deserved so much more than who he was. His wish for transformative change came to be through the aid of a supernatural being, and with that his greedy appetite for a world of ever more was awoken, until one day he had come full circle and reached a state of peace with himself.
    Written by no one, and everyone.
    Before this slightly altered version, the German authors Brothers Grimm put their thoughts to the pen, but you also had the Scottish author Andrew Lang writing his very own version of the stone cutter. And there have been countless of Asian authors and Nordic ones throughout history, before and after the Brothers Grimm. And as such, I am sure, many others that told their own version of this old folktale, because like the wind, this is an ageless story about life and man, and like the wind I am sure that it will both transform and stay the same for thousands of years to come.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Healthy living: When protein face off with protein, what comes out on top? Red meat, plants, nuts, dairy?. And how will it impact health, strength and even the effects of old age.

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    Meat vs Plant when Protein gets to battle Protein & age.
    The Science of a healthy Life



    In a recently published study, we got to take a pretty comprehensive look at nearly 3,000 men and women all aged between 19 and 72.
    The study participants complete protein intake as well as all the various protein and food sources they consumed was measured. Including various dairy products, red meat and the healthier fish & chicken and plant-based protein sources. Beyond that the study also made sure to measure each participants lean muscle mass, their bone density, and individual strength.

    The takeaway?.
    When looking at the complete study, it was evident ( and to no surprise ) that the less protein you consumed the lower amount of muscle mass and strength. But to the surprise of some, the type of protein each person favored did not have any impact on their strength and musculoskeletal health, and there were no differences based on gender or age group.

    So keep active, eat healthy and make sure to include enough protein, and yeah, skip that red meat based protein right away because it provides zero health and fitness benefit for anyone.

  • Space & Science: The flight across the black void and Kaguyas observations of Earth and the way we shower our lunar friend with oxygen.

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    On continuous gusts of solar wind mixed with terrestrial ions Earth shower the moon with earthborn oxygen
    The Science of Life



    Outside our blue wonders shielded atmosphere, the coldness of space is filled with the burning solar wind. The dust and speckles of stars, radiation, vacuum and alien stuff like dark matter and gigantic black holes. It is a marvel of glorious destruction and life that continuously mix and merge outside our calm home, organic chaos tearing down and building new life things across the vastness of time and our Universe.

    And amongst it all, somehow, each month, Earth fires up its magnetic shields as we position ourselves between the sun and the moon, and for five whole day´s we Earthlings shower our cute little friend with Earthbound oxygen and organic matter.
    In other words, we colonize and shape the very fabric of the alien entity we call the moon with Earthborn biological life and air, organic matter traveling from our blue marble all the way to the moon through the dark void on the winds of the sun.

  • The global Environment Performance Index: Scandinavia sweeps the top 4 as the worlds best.

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    Environmental Performance Index
     Scandinavia leads the world
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    2016 years Environmental Performance Index tells us in one more way, what we already know, and that is that Scandinavia is one hell of a wonderful place to live. The world's four best nations according to the index are all Scandinavians with Finland, Iceland, and Sweden being the only 3 nations in the world with an EPI score above 90.
    ( All three still have plenty of room to improve much more, and obviously do need to improve much more. )
    And just behind that trio, ranked as number four in the world is Denmark. So, just what is the Environmental Performance Index? Read on to find out.

  • The science and health of space and the human body, all the things you can also expect from your future romantic, off world date. Updated.

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    To Dine and Kiss in Space
    Making love in zero gravity
    The Science of a healthy life



    Making love, off world.
    And some of the many wondrous and perhaps flat out strange things you can expect to encounter during your future romantic, space date.
    In our rapidly approaching near future and a few fortunate souls present day reality, the perplexing realities of dating far away from planet Earth will no longer be confined to the silvery screens of yesterday.

    Soon a rapidly growing number of people will be able to prepare and plan for romantic weekend dates out and away from Earth´s atmosphere. But beyond the tantalizing, and highly romantic aspect of kissing high up above as you look down back on this blue marble. What else is there to going off the reservate and into the dark unknown?. What about the little everyday things when you kiss, hold hands and make love beneath the stars, way out in space.

  • Book: "1984'', a short sci-fi walk down totalitarian rule and alternative facts. Part 1 of 3 in this nightmarish dystopian world by author George Orwell. Long read book (days).




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    In the age of Donald Trumps alternative facts and war on science, perhaps George Orwell will turn out to be quite the oracle.
    Part 2.
    Enjoy this dystopian read!.

    Author, George Orwell. Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Moments before the snow and Sekkusu shinai shokogun. The art of human intimacy in society and individually.

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    Moments before the snow & Sekkusu shinai shokogun
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Sekkusu shinai shokogun Is a Japanese term for the flight away from human intimacy.
    But it represents so much more than being a fancy sounding term for the individual flight away from sexual enjoyment and fulfilling love.
    What that phrase truly represent is not just physical sex, however, it is a loss of something fundamentally human in society at large.

    Not surprisingly almost all humans require enjoying life, love, sex, and relationships in a way that is fulfilling towards their own personal needs, emotions, and desires. And when individual life becomes reduced to being nothing more than a slave to be used and abused by endless corporations. The state, a spouse, or simply someone else's selfish and never ending demands.
    Be it monetary, sexual, emotional or otherwise, that person will grow unhappy with such an unbalanced way of life.


    Life fulfillment and enjoyment is simply not measured by the size of your paycheck.
    Nor can it ever be obtained on an endless one-sided road.
    A minority might, of course, find that kind of draining one-way trip a wonderful and fulfilling life that truly makes every cell in their being happy, working away 20 hours per day. Giving time, energy, emotions and life itself to an utterly ungrateful and never ending taker that will never give anything that is even remotely close to being enough in return.

  • The winter tree I see and 10 million Swedish Vikings, January 20, 2017.

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    20 January, 2017
    10 million Swedish Vikings



    20 Jan 2017 got to be the historic day when the raging Vikings of Sweden became a 10 million strong population.
    So let us take a look at the short historic population view of this beautiful kingdom of the North.
    Sweden has exported large numbers of Vikings across the world and the European continent on numerous occasions, like when the Swedish Goths raged across most of Europe, walking up and down, left and right for numerous decades after having migrated out of their home in Sweden. A million people or so also left Scandinavia for the USA during the wild west years, and countless of long and strange war´s on the European continent for what amounts to hundreds of years thinned our Viking population on numerous occasions.

    So it is more than likely that if we had exported fewer Vikings and embraced our current philosophy of peace earlier that we would have crossed the 10 million mark a very long time ago.

    But life is what it is.

  • Autumn Serenade, October Day II. In the year 4.5 Billion, A healthy body & mind conquers the mountain.

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    Autumn Serenade and my October Hike
    The calming beauty of a fit and healthy Life



    Waking up to a freshly minted Autumn day, a slight touch of frost on the windows and a beautiful sun painting the auburn colored landscape that is waiting. Right there on the other side of the sheets of glass that bends light and offers a surface for water and air, warmth and cold to mix and match and play catch with each other.
    Transforming the same entity from juxtaposing but equally natural and connected states.
    A quick and nourishing breakfast, consisting of black coffee, Greek yogurt, some whole grains, an apple or two, a banana, water and a couple of fresh tomatoes and some protein powder mixed with the yogurt and whole grains. My camera is already fully charged, lenses are waiting in the backpack and a big bottle of fresh tap water.

    And off I go.

  • Our beautiful Planet. Every day is Earth day for all of us. Updated

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    A Mutual symbiosis
     Planet Earth, Animals, and Homo Sapiens
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today is Tuesday, or perhaps it is Wednesday or Monday, or even Friday at your corner of the world. But whatever the day and time, I hope that it is a beautiful day for you. It certainly is such where I am. The sun is shining and the air is as clean as it is healthy to breathe, and behind me, the coffee is brewing as I type these words. Even better still, in a few hours I have a romantic date waiting with my beautiful girlfriend.

    Yes, today is a beautiful day by all accounts.
    But today is also Earth day, or at least it should be.

  • The Great Dane Chronicles by Andy Seliverstoff. Art & Culture and really big dogs.

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    A slice of Big Dog Chronicles
    Arts & Culture in the Anthropocene



    At times in life, there comes a moment when all we really need is to look at something that comes loaded with the inherent power of captivating our gaze and attention.
    And as such, today I turn you over to the 'Great Dane Chronicles' project by visual artist Andy Seliverstoff. Make sure to also head on over to the project website and perhaps even order your own printed book.
    But before you do, enjoy a moment with these enchanting big dogs and the magic we can find in their natural connection with a bunch of little people.

  • Equality and superstition: Sangua Mama, a label born in lacking hearts and anger.

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    A label, Sangua mama
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A label, Sangua mama, born in lacking hearts and anger, and my humble, floral sun which is born in smiles and wonder.
    Once, she was a proud girl. Before their superstition and anger stripped her shivering soul bare naked in the streets earlier this year.
    Once, she smiled upon the rays of the sun. Before they cut her skin deep with knives, fueled by hate, fear, and a burning wish to destroy something dear and pretty.
    Once, she enjoyed making love. Before burning hot rods of metal had been inserted inside her genitals, tarnishing, and burning flesh, and destroying her sexual pleasures for all of life.

    Once, she proudly walked these streets of ours and the forest roads nearby. Once her mind jumped in joy as the fluttering birds let their song fly free upon the wind that caressed her hair. Once, was now the remnant memories of a calm reality before they tortured her outside in the burning midday sun, in the open street next to their own homes and quarters, outside in the view of the public eye, a torture meant to steal her life and pride in front of an ocean of cheering children, fearful people, and smug indifferent police.

  • Life is your art: a beautiful B/W thunderstorm timelapse video called 'Pulse', produced in 4K by Mike Olbinski.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    a black and white thunderstorm



    The work and art is all mother nature and Mike Olbinski´s doing so I will let his own word speak, enjoy the watch.
    "For quite a few years now I've been wanting to do something different with my time-lapse films. I love color. Storms are full of color. The blues, the greens, the warm oranges and reds at sunset. The colors are sometimes what make a simple storm into something extra special.
    But black and white speaks to my soul. I love it. There is something when you remove the color that lets you truly see the textures, movement and emotion of a storm."

  • Wildlife Facts: Camelopardalis, 'The camel that could have been a leopard'.

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     Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    The camel that could have been a leopard.

     


    One of planet Earth´s most unique land-living animals still roaming about in the wild also happens to be one of the cutest and most enchanting, and gentle colossuses that have ever existed. Yet, somehow, despite the towering size and unique characteristics of these majestic critters they are also one of the lesser talked about wildlife stars. And so it happens that by now they are like so many other species highly endangered without anyone really paying attention.

    But perhaps that is the reward that life gave these majestic beings that float across the land they call home as if they are majestic land dwelling whales. A backseat in the human consciousness as we proceeded to decimate their global population with 40 or so % in less than 30 years.

  • Life in the Anthropocene 2017 and onward. The Living Planet Report by WWF.

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    Our Arctic Sunrise, Year 4.5 Billion
    The Living Planet Report



    Anthropocene is a word I personally like. You encounter it quite often in the things I write and talk about. It is, in my opinion, a word that is as beautiful as it is powerful, and it is a word that shifts our entire world on its axis. This simple word encapsulates all that has progressed through human history, every single day of our global past and our shifting present day reality. It is our shared, mutual future.
    The word Anthropocene goes far beyond geology and hard to understand science. It captures the simple thing that is all our reality, the way humanity has lived and the cause and effect of it all.
    It also shows us the globally shared responsibility we all must shoulder. It is a word and a concept that defines the facts of our present day reality.


    This single word provides a focused lens that captures the changing reality of human life and planet Earth. There are no obfuscated truths here, no shadows to hide within. Life in the Anthropocene is the simple truth of life on Earth and it is the summary of the catastrophic effect modern day society has already had and continues to have. Not just on this planet, whose planetary bounds we have broken and shattered. But the industrialization of the last 100 years has harmed human life too, not just a few, but all of us.

    All the soon to be 10 billion homo sapiens and all the rapidly diminishing animals. We are all this single word.





    It communicates the urgency with which we must act and it shows us how the lies and global capitalistic worldview of infinite natural resources and exponential growth that greedy shareholders and owners rejoice at must come to an abrupt end. It tells us these things because we are no longer a small entity on a big and everlasting, infinite planet. We, the human race, are now a cataclysmic devastation on a small planet, where we have reached the saturation point in the last 100 years.

    One such truth is roughly 40% of all Giraffes being wiped out from planet Earth in the last 30 years, and no one even noticed it until now.

  • A hike through the birth of a new year and the turning of pages in life´s tardigradous conversations.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    the birth of one more year

     

    In front of me.
    The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields.
    Snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery.
    Fluffy white and deep ocean blue are the colors that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

    The scene that unfolds before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reached out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the winter sun.

  • History: The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945. A day from WW2 which we should never forget.

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    The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945
    B-San and Hiroshima
    Life and History on Earth

     

    Rewind, for a brief moment time, and dial it back all the way to August 6, 1945. Slow your time travel down and set the clock at exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, Japanese time. And what you will now get to experience if you look up at the sky is the moment when an entire world shivered in pain, fear, guilt, relief, anxiety, doubts, death and disgust. It is the moment when an atomic bomb lit up the sky above Hiroshima. The moment when Miss Toshiko Sasaki sat down at her place in the Hiroshima plant office turning her head to speak to the girl sitting right next to her.

    It is today, a little more than 70 years since this day.

  • TLDR: The many health benefits of daily sunlight exposure. New studies shine a light on increased T cell capacity and the many health benefits of daylight and increased Vitamin D production.

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    TLDR
    Sunshine
    Vitamin D & it´s many health benefits.

     

    We all know that natural sunlight helps our body produce essential Vitamin D.
    And today we also know that a small, daily dose of natural sunlight is equally beneficial for our mood and mental well-being, it helps us improve and maintain our bone health all through life. Reduces cancer risk and strengthens our immune system, possibly through the increase in the capacity of T Lymphocytes that daily sunlight exposure has proven to give rise to.

    In short, get a small 20 to 60 minutes dose of outdoor daylight, every day, all year round all through life.
    It is very much an essential ingredient for lifelong health in body and mind.
    So, go ahead and kick the lazy bug in the ass and just get some daily exposure outside in the sun.
    20 - 60 minutes per day seems to be what the doctor have ordered.
    And that daily sunlight and the Vitamin D and other beneficial responses it gives rise to is a vital and healthy aspect no matter if you are a sedentary and unhealthy person or a kick ass fit and active super food eating beast :). To the surprise of some perhaps, make sure that the daily 20 to 60-minute exposure is free of protective sun-blockers.

  • year 5 in the 697 Olympic and our winter solstice. Life amongst snow & flowers.

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    year 5 in the 697 Olympic
    and our winter solstice
    life amongst flowers.

     

    Today we witnessed the sun at its lowest flying point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, a glorious day called winter solstice. It is a juxtaposing day of newborn light and hope as well as the darkest day of the year with the shortest amount of daylight to be seen and felt. Well, in some places there is, of course, no daylight at all.
    Here in the Arctic, in the northern winter realms, the thing we call the polar night is in full swing this time of the year and the sun will not reappear in a real and proper way until 2017 have properly taken hold.

  • Short story: 'The common cyborg, 2028AD' a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    '2028AD'
    Standalone story
    The common cyborg

     

    This is a short stand-alone sci-fi story from my near future book universe 2028AD. You can read it as is, a short near future sci-fi story, served in a perfectly delicious coffee break bite size to entertain and brighten your day. Or you can read it as a slice of time picked straight out of the bigger story that is the shared book universe 2028AD.

    It is however, capable of standing on its own exactly as it is, but like life itself, it is also just one little photon that connects to all the others swimming in the one vast ocean together with each other :). Giving meaning and context, life and transforming movement and energy through its own ripples. And perhaps one day you will find out that this little snippet is very much a meaningful part of the bigger story that is waiting to unravel. And perhaps this story will reappear again, with a beginning and a continuation.

  • Alpine Swift. A little TLDR thing about the Alpine Swift by Mike Koonz.

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    The Alpine Swift Adventures

    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today, with the falling snow outside, life is simply put beautiful enough to serve as the background for a short mention of one of life´s many wondrous aspects, the Alpine Swift bird.
    The Alpine swift is a migrating bird that enjoys one vast home stretching over the two continents of Africa and Europe. Two vast and separated continents that the Alpine bird will insist is in truth its own singular home.

    The amazing thing, mind blowing even if you ask me.
    For the Alpine Swift, Europe, is the nesting place, where it breeds and enjoy life more like a normal bird.
    Which I guess make Europe the Alpine Swifts bedroom and living room :P, because that is the only continent where it actually, you know.. Ever touch down and lands, to rest, breed and eat.

  • In the presence of Mt.Fuji, the whispers of a leafy forest can be heard. But will it ever let you find your way back home.

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    Life rekindled, or a silent passing
    The Science of a healthy life



    To the far east of the world, in the land of the rising sun, in the presence of Mount Fujis captivating beauty quite a few travel from stressful city lives amongst sky high buildings and stone paved streets to meet the beauty of nature on equal footing. Most, of course only have one purpose with such a trip, to rekindle their own appreciation for all things life. To find peace of mind, moments of solemn beauty and perhaps, a rekindled surge of energy for the soul in the slumbering whispers of Mt Fujis leafy forest and snowy crest. But for others, that solitary forest and proud mountain where the wind ruffles branches and leafs in a softly spoken voice might instead be the chosen way too walk into their own eternal night surrounded by all the things they felt that life in the city never seemed capable of providing.

  • Keeping fit and active is keeping healthy for all of life: The Great Exercises: 'Deadlift' by Mike Koontz

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    Deadlift
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    This is the first piece in a short series of gym and fitness articles that will take a look at the great compound exercises that should be a recurring part of every fit and active, and healthy living persons weekly workout schedule. And in this article, it´s all about the mighty beast called deadlift.

    More than any other exercise deadlift is the one I think of as the king of a strong and healthy full body development.

  • Equality and delicious sex, the sweet nectar of a healthy life. Updated

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    Sex, and People
    The sweet nectar of a Healthy Life



    I actually wrote the foundation for this piece a couple of years ago. But the subject, insights, and the all-encompassing conclusion is every bit as important and right today as it has always been and always will be.

  • Book: 'Mommas little boy' A real life bed time story caught inbetween the meeting of a brown bear family and a little boy. By Mike Koontz.




    Kid Friendly
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    Short story ( One Evening Bed time read)
    This is one of the many short stories that people tell each other countless of times in various of ways.
    And like some of those fictional stories, this one also happens to be based on actual every day event that took place in Sweden, the summer of 1850.

    Like many other such events, real or imaginary, it might change a tiny bit with each generation re telling it in their very own way (this particular event was for instance once made famous as a Swedish children's song, 'Mors lilla Olle', by Alice Tegner, as well as a poem by Wilhelm von Braun).
    But at its core I am sure its every iteration remain quite faithful towards what actually happened that summers day when the little boy named Olle befriended a wild Brown Bear and her two little cubs deep inside that old Swedish forest.

    Enjoy this tale that sprung forth the untamed home of Norse Vikings.

    Photography, and writing by Mike Koontz
    This short bed time story book also includes the original Swedish poem by Swedish poet, Wilhelm von Braum
    2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: 'Tales from Winters Realm' Book 2, is a short song of words from Winters Realm, with poetry and photography, and short stories from life by Mike Koontz.




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    A short, sweet taste of life in words and views, the way I see it and the way I think about it.
    Enjoy!.

    Author, photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • The beautiful alchemists. We live in a world whom have never had more of those beautiful little alchemists running around in the wild. A personal reflection on people & life.

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    November 30
    Remembrance Day for Lost Species & Thanksgiving before that

     



    People are by default, natural beings of magic and alchemy. Precious little things which like the words we so often squander carelessly around might appear to be near endless in number and as such perhaps to you feel like petty change a snowy day.

    But we all come into this world born with the same wisdom and magic and inherent limitless beauty.

    Words, and people.

  • Book: 'Russet witch' is a mature story with elements of both the supernatural, and the sensuous secrets spoken only between lovers. It was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Long read Book (Weekend)
    Another story from Scott Fitzgerald which, in his telltale disillusioned way shows us a life and relation not fully lived and enjoyed. But inside his bleak view of people, love, and life, you can also touch upon a grain of wisdom in that every person alive needs to choose their own way through life. To live a life that they love, to follow their heart, embrace their needs and pleasures and to do it, their very own way. Life doesn't come in repeat, so enjoy it fully and go where you want to go. And understand, and accept with a smile that the same free will and need for fulfillment, applies to everybody else too. And that is the heart of this incarnation of "Russet Witch"

    'Russet Witch' in this alternate take, adapted by Mike Koontz follows the life and choices of Merlin and his wife, their kids and his real love in life, the beautifully alive and open minded 'russet witch'.

    Photography, additional writing and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Age old truth & Wisdom: Keep your muscles fit, for lifelong health in body and mind. A stronger biceps and heart equals a healthier 85 year old brain. Science studies.

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    Body & Mind
    Train your biceps and gain a healthier brain.

     



    We all knew this age old truth, A healthy body equals a healthy mind.
    But a long string of separate science studies last few years showcase something that might be news for you. Wonderful, health inspiring news and body-mind incentive to keep fit and active all through life. Be it from running or lifting weights, or better yet, by doing both.
    In short: People between age 50 to 86 diagnosed with 'mild cognitive impairments', commonly called dementia were in some studies tasked with lifting challenging weights a few times per week. The recipe is simple, Rep away on a challenging weight at least twice per week at roughly 80% of your maximum one rep weight. And the conclusion is equally simple, yet beautiful.
    The stronger their body became, the stronger, fitter and healthier their brain also ended up being. Or as one lead scientist said in one study: "improvement in cognition function was related to their muscle strength gains".

  • Armillaria ostoyae and the ephemeral size & life of the Universe. Science light article.

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    Everything living continually evolves
    even the blanket of life we call the universe





    As my readers well know, the universe is in constant flux. Stars and planets, black holes and moons, they give rise to new babies, they kill, devour, swallow and merge. What once was, might tomorrow be something entirely new. The stars we look up at during night actually move, they dimm, they grow bright, shape and mass will change, they multiply, divide, shrink and die. Add to that our ever growing scientific understanding of life and the universe.

    Recently we realized that the universe we can see have trillions of more galaxies than we had previously understood.

  • Planet Earth: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”. This is our life in the Anthropocene, today and tomorrow.

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    Excessive Air Pollution, soil degradation, polluted water, unsustainable energy. Unhealthy food production and sedentary living is damaging life and health of almost every human being
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    This is a long form article covering our individual and global, planetary health and the way it is all linked together, today and every tomorrow from here until eternity:

    WHO, the U.N. health agency revealed September 2016 that 92 percent of the global population now live in areas where human-made air pollution exceeds what WHO consider safe for your health.



    All while ever-increasing global temperatures and increasing frequency in weather-related disasters keep making not just daily life but also food production and food security harder for all.
    A basic premise and reality which will have to go hand in hand with a growing worldwide population. A population that deserves a healthy and fulfilling life.

    But, not only is one in nine deaths worldwide in some way caused by air pollution. Perhaps more importantly, beyond that number, hundreds ( billions actually ) of millions of people are affected in their daily life with various health issues due to human-made pollution and other unhealthy aspects of modern day life of some sort.

    So the question should not be 'can we afford to go healthy and sustainable'.




    No, instead, the reality already is 'How fast can we go all sustainable and healthy, because we already know that we can not afford to not do it'.

  • Sex, life and health: The ephemeral beauty of perpetual life and healthy, fulfilling relations: Updated.

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    Ephemeral life
    It passes swiftly and precious by, each day a new canvas of infinite, but finite in days, possibilities to do and enjoy your way





    In the summer of 2014, my long and wildly wonderful life which I have always lived by my own choosing, in a world of infinite beauty was somehow, still gifted with the by far, best days, and moments and joy of my entire life up until this very point.

    Made unique and perfectly complete, not due to the grandness of those moments, nor the words, price tag or anything superficial and equally irrelevant. But instead, the individual parts and the sum of it all was made complete and wonderful due to being enjoyed together with the love of my life.
    )

  • October 10, a misty sunshine morning down by the lake. A perfect slice of life as told in a slightly mature and NSFW short story.

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    October 10, morning by the lake
    Our rowing boat and the white-tailed eagle

     



    As life progress across the expanding space that is time and the growing universe, it touches each and every one of us.
    Changing us from the inside out, simultaneously and incrementally steering a continual change in both the largest and smallest of ways.
    This gradual transformation caused by life and your own actual needs and healthy choices, is as wonderful as it is taken for granted, but in truly rare everyday life moments, as life reach out to touch you as you cast yourself out to enjoy the untamed and never ending torrent that is life, something remarkable sometimes happens and in those moments you and life find yourself mixing and merging to change the wild waters of the entire universe through that very same unilateral and symbiotic touch.

  • Cancer and mortality and age related decline when living a sedentary life Vs a fit and active lifestyle.

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    Reducing cancer risk by keeping fit and active
    Your Fitness Tribe

     



    Researchers recently found that a high level of cardiorespiratory activity was linked to a much lower risk of lung and colon cancer in middle-aged, and older men. Unrelated of age, both men, and females diagnosed with cancer also lowered their risk of dying if they maintained or started to do a high(er) level of fitness.

  • Box your way to increased health and fitness. The beauty of MMA.

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    MMA Workout
    Body and Health through MMA
    The Science of a healthy life



    Movement in feet and body. Hooks, cross, jab, kicks and uppercut. Knees and elbows all combined make for a wonderful way towards better health and fitness. Mastering martial arts makes you better at self defense, sure. But more importantly it provides tremendous health and fitness benefit no matter age and previous experience. And it is great fun too, enjoyed as much by men as it is enjoyed by girls.

  • The Science of shaping your Gluteus for better health and fitness: Hip Thrust

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    A fit ass
    will benefit your entire body
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Squat, Deadlifts, Lunges. The represents of the holy trinity of leg and ass workouts.
    And for good reason. They shape you, push you, and evolve your entire body and health better than anything else out there. But, there are, of course, a lot of other exercises out there that also deserve some attention. One of those is the odd bird called 'Hip thrust'. And while I usually prefer compound exercises over smaller and more focused exercises this is actually a wonderful exercise for keeping your ass not just fit and toned, but as a side effect your entire body healthy and strong as well. In fact, as far as your gluteus go, Hip thrust is scientifically speaking the number one exercise when it comes down to isolating & activating that delicious looking thing that is your ass.

  • Sustainable Food: Designed eco prawns. Sustainable, healthy, eco and animal friendly prawns.

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    Healthy living & Tasty Food
    Sustainable Designer Prawns
    The Science of a healthy life



    We all know that seafood has the potential to stand right next to chicken ( and insects :P ) as the by far healthiest meat options. But seafood is not at all an easy choice since it has it´s fair share of major issues. Over fishing, depleted and completely unsustainable fish stocks. Insane amount of human caused pollution in the sea ( which affect both our own health as well as the health of a long range of animal species ), lackluster nutritional information, and even human slavery. There is a lot of reasons why anyone conscious enough to live a healthy and active lifestyle would choose to not include seafood in their daily food choices.


    So, how about the best thing? The taste and texture and nutrition of shrimps, but without all the negative side effects of the fishing industry?.
    Enter, eco friendly and sustainable algae-based, vegan shrimps.

  • Healthy and tasty food: Fresh Scandinavian cloudberry smoothie

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    Healthy living & Tasty Food
    a fresh taste from the Scandinavian wilderness
    The Science of a healthy life



    Keeping fit and healthy requires not just daily physical activity and proper recovery, those activities and your ongoing health demands tasty and healthy food to fuel your body and mind with the needed energy to maintain your own health and fitness level.
    And our Scandinavian cloudberry smoothie is just that. Tasty, quick to do, and stuffed with delicious health.

    Fresh cloudberries or blueberries. Sugar-free and ecological yogurt and kvarg ( think really creamy greek yogurt, smooth like the sweetest vanilla ice cream ever tasted, and choke full of proteins ).
    And if needed, you can spice it up by adding a tiny little bit of luxurious real whipped cream and cacao on top.

    Read on to get the super easy and super healthy recipe in full.

  • Individual health is global health, and vice versa: How to feed 10 billion people.

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    Healthy living & Tasty Sustainable Food
    is the sweet answer
    The Science of a healthy life



    Farming 2.0 which makes use of both high tech advancements in technology and science, as well as sustainable, organic principles holds the key to feeding our global population while also preserving our planet.

    In a study published earlier this year, scientists making use of 500 different food production scenarios focused in on the task of feeding a global population of 9.6 billion people without expanding our farmland footprint which we already use.

  • Fitness: Biceps, Abs and Triceps workout. Healthy, fit & active the viking style.

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    Biceps & Triceps workout
    'Like a Viking'
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    This weeks biceps and triceps workout took place today and I decided to switch some minor things up, resulting in a wonderful and sweaty challenge.
    After 5 set of close grip bench press for triceps I decided to create one giant set by combining dips ( triceps ) and barbell curls ( biceps ) with a special biceps pull up version of "hanging leg raises".
    I repeated this giant set 3 times before finishing my workout with 3 set of biceps dumbbell curls for each arm ( no rest between sets for those dumbbells ) and one more set of hanging leg raises.

    In addition, todays workout ended with 5 minute of sprint intervals and 20 minute of MMA.  

  • The wild animals we live and work with in mutual symbiosis. African honey hunters and the honeyguide bird

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    Mutual symbiosis
     Wild animals and Homo Sapiens
    The Science of a healthy life



    Once, we hunted with wild wolves. Not from domestication or forced cooperation. But instead, humans and equally wild wolves formed a natural and mutually beneficial symbiosis between two predatory species. Just as how we and wolves, once hunted together with wild ravens in the cold north. Fast forward to 2016, and this natural evolution that at times have allowed humans to work together with wild animals have given us another wonderful cross species partnership.

    This time, the greater honeyguide bird species and human honey hunters in northern Mozambique, Africa are the ones that work in tandem to conquer the sweet treasures of African bees. And unlike so many other animal/people relations, this is a real partnership benefitting both species equally much and initiated by the birds as often as it is by the human honey hunters.  

  • Fit and healthy - 7 day workout plan. V02 - Healthy fit. Toned & girly chic

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    7 Day workout plan
     V02 - 'Healthy fit. Toned & girly chic'
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    This is the second of our 7 days long, one-week workout plan for increased health, strength, lean muscle mass, and cardiovascular performance. This time aptly named for it´s target group, girls of all ages that would like to improve their health and fitness level while also ending up with a more petite and feminine toned body in the style of Minka Kelly . 2 days of lifting challenging weights. 3 days of classes and more intense cardio and 7 days of lower every day paced cardio is what awaits you in version two of our complete workout plans for a life of real health and fitness.  

  • Fit and healthy - ageless health and fitness beyond 40. Biological age versus chronological. Updated

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    Fit beyond 40
    active, fit and healthy, becoming ageless

     

    Life as a young, fit, healthy and toned guy/girl do not end once you leave your precious 29 behind you. Instead, the fit and healthy, young and happy feeling definition that people so eagerly, and so mistakenly wrong have persisted in pushing on to each other as a young person's realm since the dawn of mankind will only keep on moving up, up and up as we continually increase our healthy lifespan by making healthier choices.

     

    There are absolutely real things in life and health, our body and mind that change as we mature and grow no matter what we do. But the saying that 55 is the new 20 is absolutely true and soon it will be 69.

  • The + turns 5, a lifetime of adventures still to do.

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    Tardigradous conversations
    The Science of a healthy life



    Happy bday G+, you have now had five years of adventures, and hopefully there will be aeons more to go.

    I can of course not say that G+ turning 5 is cause for actual cataclysmic global celebrations. But none the less, here it is. A softly spoken 5-year-old stranded on a world that has already seen so many incredible changes since the summer of 2011.

  • Short Sci.fi story: A tower of glass, our city - Updated

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    Vertical Cities and Smart Farming
    Sustainable progress & technology

     



    High up, in our ivory-like tower of glass, each evening we look out at the setting sun and how it after a long day of traveling, in the end, as always slowly dips each and every one of its rays of light into the watery ocean far beneath our toes and view.

    The evening sky and rolling landscape change their hue under the traversing basking light, and in the water, a rainbow of countless shades paints an illuminating backdrop to our goodbye and good night to the day that was.

    This unfolds while somewhere else in our sheltered home.

  • Healthy living: Farming 2.0 vs 'fossil fuel' farming.

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    Farming 2.0 is high tech, healthy, animal friendly & sustainable
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Some might think that organic farming is a tired old buzzword from past times that promises to ruin the life of farmers and cheat customers of their money. And yes, organic farming is harder to do for the farmer, costs money initially to adapt to, and often times our broken food industry make the up front cost for the customer at checkout higher as well. But, Farming 2.0 is a step forward, making use of high tech, automation and the very latest science to make farming more ecological and efficient, while making the end product healthier to eat for the end customer. And is that not the future?

    A better one that is.

    Farming 2.0 is friendlier towards the animals, the planet, the customer, and the farmers. Helping us all increase the amount of healthy food being produced, while we lower the resource drain, pollution and adverse health effects of "fossil fuel" farming. In the end costing society, this planet, and you and me far less than the real cost of the unsustainable,. low quality crap that "fossil fuel" farming produce.

  • Sweden and Denmark ranked as the two best nations in the world by the good country Index

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    The Good Country Index & Scandinavia
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    The Good Country Index ranks 160+ nations across the world, measuring a wide spectrum to reach a conclusion for how good each nation is as a whole for it´s own people, and humanity. "That successfully contributes to the good of humanity. Of course it must serve the interests of its own people, but never at the expense of other populations or their natural resources: this is the new law of human survival". This years list ranks Sweden and Denmark as the number one and two nations in the world. USA is found at number 21, Finland 6, Netherlands 3 and UK is the fourth best nation in the world.

  • Healthy and fit: My workout day. A day in the fit and healthy life of Mike Koontz.

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    My Workout(s) for the day - Your inspiration?
    The Science of a healthy life



    There is, of course, nothing perfect or news worthy with what I did today. But hopefully, my workouts for the day can serve as fuel for someone to kick up their own health and activity choices for the week and days to come. And if so, me taking the time to write this little write up in the middle of my wonderful but stacked day is well worth it :). In short: Chest + abs and not just one, but 5 cardio sessions kept me one happy, fit and healthy pup today :).

  • This day in history: A semi fictional trip back to the days of ravaged European meadows and ice girls working in cold barren NY streets during World War I, 1918.

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    This Day, Autumn 1918
    World War 1. NY, USA
    Life in the Anthropocene

     

    We are all moments in time, like precious tears in rain.
    So, pause, and take a few. View the day around you, breathe it in and inhale the fresh calm air and enjoy the taste of life just the way it is this day and moment.
    Make yourself a cup of java while you are at it, and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb and let it taste your lips and tongue.


    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats can provide.
    And while you are at it, bring with you a glass of water too, before you place your behind rightly deserved in your most comfy place of choice and get all snugly as we take a trawl down this history lane of rewind and fast forward. embarking on a mutually traversing journey across the fleeting vistas of our mind, from lost days to the present and the pathways leading..
    Somewhere and everywhere .. That you´d like yourself to wander.

    But if you come with me instead as you find yourself at the crossroads of your mind, I will take you on a journey back to the meeting of winter and autumn 1918 in NY, USA during the time of the mother of all wars, World War 1.

  • Mike Koontz, a Norse author and visual artist living a fit and healthy active life.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    Life is your art

     

    a Norse View creative director, author and photographer, Mike Koontz.
    A lover of life´s inherent beauty found in every aspect of nature and every day life. The progressive science and wonders of our world and universe, it´s perfectly flawed people and animals alike and the way it all evolve.
    I marvel at the technological advances that seemingly happens at a continually increasing pace. And I find great joy and peace of mind in the daily grind and science of keeping fit, healthy and active, enjoying the cold outdoors at winter as much as killing it hard, all year round in the gym. Eating healthy food and living a sustainable life while enjoying the pleasures and adventures of all the big and small wonders that is our life in the Anthropocene.






    I write fictional books and poetry as well as articles about the factual parts of life, including my daily life and interest in health and fitness, equality, sustainability, science, nature and wildlife. And my Nordic creative photography is of course an ever present and essential part of my creative expression in everything I publish.

  • Health & Fitness: Biological aging speeds up when eating red meat.

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    Red Meat is making you age prematurely
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    I could have added a ? to that headline since it is not yet 100% verified that eating all forms of red meat on top of other negative health effects also speeds up our biological aging process. Then again, I am choosing not to do that since I am of the opinion that there is so much ample scientific evidence by now that people that care about their own and others health do need to cut back on the amount of red meat they eat. Be it cancer, obesity, vascular aging, mortality chance in general, diabetes or a destructively rapid aging process, red meat just isnt a great day to day food choice if health is a concern/interest.

  • The fury of the morning sun and watching UFC, a simple good morning walk from the pages of a healthy & active life.

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    Morningstar & UFC
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Today I spent precious time with the rising sun and the UFC. In between a flurry of calculated fighters violence, there was the warmth and calm pleasantness of the rising sun that washed away the coldness of night with each passing breath.

  • Health: Worldwide State of Diabetes and what it tells us about sedentary living vs a fit and active lifestyle.

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    Adults with diabetes quadruple since 1980
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    WHO recently came out with a simple report that highlights how worldwide diabetes have quadrupled between 1980 and 2016. Sadly, zero people are surprised, or should at least not be surprised, since the increasing prevalence of diabetes ties directly in with the rise of over eating on shitty and healthy food and sitting still far too much.

    A change that continues to walk hand in hand with the rise of obesity.

  • Health: Daily orgasms lowers prostate cancer risk for men above 40 by quite a margin.

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    Fulfilling Sex and our Daily Health
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    When it comes to sex you already know that I am always talking about the fulfilling kind of sex, for all involved. Naughty or sweet, outlandish or innocent does not matter.
    That´s up to all involved, how they all enjoy doing it.

    So, if we assume that you and your partner(s) already have a wonderful and fulfilling sex life. well, in that case, it will probably make you smile from ear to ear hearing that not only is sex generally speaking an incredibly fun way to improve one's general health, but it even protects against prostate cancer - and the more you do it, the better the protection.

    Talk about a wonderful incentive for more sex :).


    Summary:
    Men above 40 that enjoy 21 orgasms or more per month receives up to 22% less chance of developing prostate cancer.

  • Tigers under siege, but is the tide turning?

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    Plenty of habitat to double the global tiger population
    The Science of a healthy life



    New satellite mapping technology reveals that the remaining tiger habitat across Asia is still big and safe enough to handle the agreed upon goal of doubling up on todays global tiger population before the year of 2022. The Tx2 goal can however only be met if no further logging, agricultural, poaching and infrastructure development happens inside of these essential tiger preserves.

  • A panorama wall of transparent floor to ceiling wood is on route. Opening the door to more sustainable and gorgeous buildings.

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    Wood vs Glass, the window clash
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    In wintry Sweden, a team of scientists managed to create something as perplexing and wonderful as transparent wood. Wonderful because it charges right out of the gate with the highly beneficial promise of wood-based floor to roof windows made out of proper wood instead of glass. Promising both lower cost as well as much better insulation. Greatly lowering the need for heating once it is commercially available. Two great things for both bank account and planet.

  • News Share: Oceans of the world. Rockefellers and the fall of fossil fuel

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    Clear Blue Oceans
    The Science of a healthy life



    Finally is the one word that comes to my mind when I gladly noticed that we are finally going to come together to talk about the state of our global oceans and how to actually go about saving them. Finally is also what comes to mind when I read that the mighty Rockefeller fund (whom built it´s fortune upon oil) will withdraw all investments from fossil fuel, going as far as calling out ExxonMobil as 'morally reprehensible'.

  • News Share: Phase One, worlds largest solar plant and commercial fishing in Australia

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    Healthy Energy & Damaging Fisheries
    The Science of a healthy life



    For todays news share we have on one hand, phase one of what might end up as the worlds biggest solar plant being built in Morocco, a step towards their goal of producing 52% of the nations energy needs by their own domestic renewable energy sector by 2030, a wonderful turn of events for a nation that quite recently had to import 97% of it´s energy needs. All while down under, in the land of snuggly koalas scientists are speaking up against politicians blindly walking in the leash of the fishing industry.

  • News Share: Farmed here and Spread, and the rise of super efficient (and sustainable) high tech farming

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    Efficient & sustainable indoor farming
    The Science of a healthy life



    Indoor, tech-driven farming is not a new interest here at 'a Norse View', nor is it tied down to families growing their own little strawberry produce indoors. No, the big disruptive, and highly positive change for society comes with companies such as 'Farmed here' and Japanese 'Spread'. Disruptive, and positive, because it will increase all year round yields while doing so in a far less resource hungry way. A sustainable approach which also happens to be more healthy for us. This news share is about Spread going robotic with it´s already super efficient indoor farm, a change which will allow Spread to reach an impressive 30 000 lettuce head harvest production - every single day, all year round. While in turn Farmed here keep inching closer by the day toward it´s goal of feeding 75% of the American population with just 18 vertical farms.

  • My Arctic Sunrise, my morning walk through the birth of year 4.5 Billion. And various things I noticed around the world.

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    the birth of 2016
    January and the Science of a healthy life

     

    In front of me The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields, snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery. Fluffy white and deep ocean blue that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

    The scene that unfolds before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reaches out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the sun.

  • Creatine. The essential? supplement for increased health & fitness.

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    Creatine for improved health
    In body & mind
    The Science of a healthy life



    Long thought of as one of few actually working sports supplements for increased anaerobic performance, more and more research is also revealing significant health benefits in body and mind for those that supplement their daily food with 5grams of creatine. Making it an especially interesting option, perhaps even essential, for the active and healthy people that have already reduced their meat consumption in order to further improve their long-term health & fitness level.

  • Book: 'The Night after xmas, a yule log adventure'. A compilation of short form Winter solstice and Christmas adventures by various authors, including Mike Koontz.






    Kid Friendly Stories
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short stories collection (Weekend read)
    Christmas is by many looked upon as a happening of religious meaning. And that is as good a reason to celebrate Christmas as any other. But that was never the only Christmas or even the origin of xmas.

    What the yule day however always was - is your day to enjoy and celebrate as yet another year in the cycle of life completes and starts anew, to enjoy whatever way you enjoy it and to do so no matter who you are,or what you believe in.

    So, merry Christmas and a happy xmas to you all, no matter origin, beliefs, culture and language. Christmas is yours to enjoy your way and for your reasons.

    Some of the following short stories are written by me, while other stories was written by writers that came before me.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation, and in parts, written by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • a Look at gun related violence in America, mass shootings and a lack of will to fix the issue. This is life in the Anthropocene.

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    300+ annual mass shootings in America
    Last few years
    The Science of a healthy life



    America is one of many wonderful places on this wondrous planet.
    But it is also a nation that for all its strengths and rights, at times seems paralyzed by a profound fear of something not quite real that seems to hold a vital part of the nation hostage and forcefully make it move backward instead of moving forward to something better. Towering above all other every day issues that diminish life for the entire nation, is perhaps more than anything else something so meaningless that it is hard to fathom that ordinary, kind-hearted and compassionate every day Americans are unwilling to work over their various political blocks and pettiness to put an end to the insane amount of gun-related violence that is ruining life for every single American, and as such, gun-related violence is what we will take a look at today.

  • The black flag and white skulls still roam the seas. From Sea Shepherd to a South American tribe protecting their forest it is all one and the same

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    Forest Guardians
    from ancient past the Ka'apor now walks the path of Sea Shepherd into the land of tomorrow
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    Ka'apor, in the Brazilian state of Maranhão is a native Brazilian Indian Tribe that at 2000 man strong raised their voice and hearts, fists and arms to protect and serve all our global tomorrow.

  • Healthy & fit for life: The Great Exercises: "Barbell Shoulder Press".

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    Shoulder Press
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Barbell shoulder press is one of my personal fav exercises. Well, come to think of it, I, of course, enjoy every single exercise there is :). But still, Barbell shoulder press is an excellent exercise for sculpting toned and strong, and healthy shoulders. And as a bonus, you will also activate your triceps and traps.

  • Fit beyond 40: The Great Exercises: "Barbell Squat" by Mike Koontz

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    Barbell Squat
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    This is the second article to focus on the truly body shaping lower body exercises. In our first one we talked about the properly named "Deadlift", and today it is time to dig deep into its virtual twin "Squats". In many ways, an exercise that is extremely similar to both deadlift and the amazing back exercise Standing barbell row. But just like those two Squats is deserving of you doing this bad boy/girl every single week for the rest of your life.

  • The Homeless Invisible & a life fully lived and enjoyed. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    Peoples worth mirrors your mind
    The sweet nectar of compassion & a Healthy Life
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A few days ago, on my way to buy a few fruits, whipped cream, and sugar-free yogurt, as I walked inside the store I could not help but notice a young girl in her twenties. She was sitting right by the entrance in the downpour of a proper dog rain that whipped us all with a free shower.
    Begging for petty handouts from those that passed her by.

    Sadly I had nothing to give her since like most people today, I had no cash on me, but as I paid for my fruit I made sure to get some good ol fashioned printed money in return and so on my way out again, I gave her what I now had on me.
    But this article of mine is not about me giving her money.

  • The great exercises: "Bench Press". Improve your chest, arms and shoulders.

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    Bench Press
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    This is part 6 in our ongoing series of articles that sees us covering all the great compound exercises that should be a permanent part of every fit and active and healthy lifestyle. In this article, it´s all about the classic bench press. A timeless chest exercise that´s stood the test of time for a reason, it works, and it works damn good when it comes down to creating a healthier and stronger upper body.

  • The Great Exercises: 'Triceps Dips', the body weight killer by Mike Koontz

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    Triceps Dips
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Welcome to article number five in our series of articles covering the great compound exercises that all should be a permanent part of every fit and active, and healthy life. In this article, it is time for us to talk about dips, we previously mentioned this gruffy old classic in our article about closed-grip bench press and for good reasons, they are put together pretty much everything you will ever need for developing a strong, kick ass triceps.

  • The Great Exercises: 'Chins (Pull ups)', Building a kick ass upper body and healthier you.

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    Pull ups ( Chins )
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    This is article number four in our series covering all the great compound exercises that more than deserves to be included as a permanent part of your fit and active, and healthy life. In this article, we will take a look at one of the classic back exercises that also happens to be one of the very best things you can do for a strong, well-rounded and healthy body. This apex puppy is called Chins, or perhaps you prefer to call it Pull ups, either way it is the same thing.

  • The Great Exercises: 'Close Grip Bench Press'. Building a killer arm.

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    Close Grip Bench Press
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    This is the third article in our short series that sees us focusing on all the great compound exercises that should be a permanent part of every fit and active, and healthy living persons weekly workout schedule. In this article, the time has come to talk about the beast that is close-grip bench press.
    The only triceps exercise together with dips that you should always do.

  • The Great Exercises: 'Standing Barbell Row', quite possibly the third best full body exercise ever. And without a doubt the best pure back exercise.

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    Standing Barbell Row
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    This is our second article in a short series that will take a look at all the great compound exercises that should be a permanent part of every fit and active, and healthy living persons weekly workout schedule. In this article, the time has come to give the stage to the king of not just back exercises, but the king of upper body exercises.
    Standing barbell bent over row.

  • My ape, the master chef of tomorrow. Evolutionary cooking skills of the Pan troglodytes.

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    I am Ape, and I am you
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Once upon a time, our ancestors learned how to cook. They did not break out 5-star dishes right away, but they cooked their crops and potatoes, grilled their roast and berries, nuts and stuff. Long before the first homo sapiens came to be.

  • Year 3 in the 697 Olympic is what we commonly call '2015'.

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    Wings of History and our calender
    The origin of 2015.

     

    And if you wonder why it is just exactly that we call this year 2015 instead of the far more enigmatic 'Year 3 in the 697 Olympic'?
    Well, wonder no more. The origin of our own calendar can be found within the Roman empire which of course left after it a great many things. And one of those things was what would end up being the foundation for the calendar that is now used by the majority of the world in our daily tongue and life.

    Our current global calendar took it´s first few humble steps towards becoming a thing as early as BC46 when Julius Caesar (a kick ass Roman guy and without a doubt my fav Roman emperor) decided that the out of whack seasons that was plaguing the Roman Empire back then absolutely needed to stop.

  • Healthy Living: Coffee vs Sugar, MMA cage fight. The science of a healthy life.

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    Coffee vs Sugar, MMA cage fight
    The science of a healthy life.



    For many, coffee and sugar represents two superpowers emerged in an unholy alliance.
    But, just what makes this combo tick, and what is actually what. How does it affect your health and everyday life. Yes, plenty of questions have evaded us for quite some time, and so, to find out the answer, we signed a contract with the previous couple to face off inside the octagon to determine who is actually top dog and what they do to our bodies.

  • History: Slavery, Kings and pirates: Saint-Barthélemy 1784

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    Saint-Barthélemy 1784
    a look at how incredibly far we have come in merely 230 years

     



    230 years ago, the world was rife with profit-hungry entrepreneurs and the seven seas and all their shores lay open for the ambitious. The beggars and pirates, the warlords, priests, lords. Merchants, peasants, and kings, they all laid to waste and took with all their might.

    Yes, I know. By now you are thinking, well, dear Mike, is that at all any different from now?
    And in some ways, no, you are so absolutely right dear reader. In some ways, not much have changed. But gladly, the world is for all its remaining faults a far better and kinder place to live in today.

  • Healthy living: Earth Hour is the one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices.

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    Earth Hour
    is the one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices





    Each year, a fairly big, but still too small, part of humanity comes together for the WWF manifestation called "Earth Hour". Raising much-needed awareness and action on life on Earth and the need for a healthier and more sustainable way to do said life down here on this planet, not just for me and you, but for all of us.
    This gladly happens every year and usually garners a growing amount of traction and mindshare.

    And while its name is more than a little catchy, it is of course not about one hour or even one day in your life. "Earth Hour" is about our mutual and life long, perpetual daily lifestyle choices as individuals and the one mixed and spiced up, blended species of Hominoidea that we all belong too.

  • A healthy life in body and mind, what is the biological change of going from 30 to 80+ years of age and how will fitness affect it. The sweet and simple facts and science of age related decline.

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    Fit and active vs sedentary living and age related decline.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to the impact of aging your fears are more likely than trying to impose their will on you that you will grow fat and tired, ugly and unhealthy while losing huge amounts of lean muscle mass and capacity in body and mind, no matter what you do.
    Right?.
    Science will, however, say, 'listen, man, that is simply not true'.



    A healthy man ( or woman ) that is living a sedentary life ( not being physically active enough on a daily basis by doing challenging cardio and lifting weights week in and week out ) will indeed lose about 30% of his or her lean muscle mass going from a biological age of 30 to 80.
    And the decline in cardio levels will be even higher and much more rapid. And on top of that, we can add the very real cognitive decline that comes with both the natural age-related decline and the huge impact of sedentary living, as well as the huge increase in cancer and cardiovascular health issues that predominately sedentary lives give rise to.
    But hold your horses and spend some time taking in what I just said.
    Not my choice of words, but the scientific reality behind my writing.

  • Tardigradous conversations with my gf

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    life in the Anthropocene
    Vol. 04



    Living a long, and happy, fulfilling, and healthy,young, gracefully aging life has never been easier to do than it is in our life span. From the abundance of actual scientific breakthroughs and real insights, actually working medicine, insights in food and food production that is healthy and rejuvenating to eat, as opposed to what not to eat.
  • Early bird Book Excerpt: 'The departure', Rough excerpt from the sci-fi book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz

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    'The departure'
    Early bird excerpt
    chapter 1, 2028AD

     

    A Serene, Monday evening spent outdoors together with you. And like the dotted i we all knew, it was in every way there is a perfectly solemn Indian summer day that kept lingering on as if we had all been forever caught in the basking light of the setting sun.




    Our departure impatiently growled and towered in the backs of both our mind. One part auspicious and eager to open the doors to this exciting, new, and uncharted chapter waiting for us to unfold and explore it all.

    The other part took the shape of a more ominous and hulking silence, waiting to swallow us whole from within the shadows of the corner of this one last evening spent in Earth's familiar hold. It´s scent, of dew and soil. The lasting humidity that played across our skin and senses even as the soothing autumn winds drifted ashore from the turning sea.

  • Dew and Kisses, the infinite weave of reality. A small case for the global need of sustainable thinking, Snow leopards vs Cashmere.

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    Snow Leopard
    these species will become our failed victims of fashion





    A study for the journal, *Conservation Biology* found that 95% of all forage across the vast, Tibetan plateau in Mongolia and Northern India is now consumed by goats and other livestock owned by farmers.
    Leaving only 5% to the regions vast number of wild animals.

    Creating a situation, that is best described by one of the researchers with the following words.
    "Rather then serving as symbols of success, these species will become victims of fashion"

  • History: Our island of dryads in the winter of 1610, simply called 'starving time' in Jamestown, Virginia.

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    Winter of 1610
    Jamestown, Virginia USA
    Life in the Anthropocene



    We are all moments in time - like flowing tears in rain.
    So why don't you take a few precious moments to slow down. View the day around you with wide open eyes and mind, breathe it all in and inhale the calming air and enjoy that taste of life which is unique for this one moment.
      
    Make yourself a cup of java and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb down on your knees and let it taste your lips and tongue.

    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats provide.

    And while you are at it, bring with you a glass of water too, before you place your behind rightly deserved in your most comfy place of choice and get all snugly as we take a trawl down this history lane of rewind and fast forward. embarking on a mutually traversing journey across the fleeting vistas of our mind, from lost days to the present and the pathways leading..
    Somewhere and everywhere .. That you´d like yourself to wander.

    But if you come with me today, I will take you on a journey back to the winter of 1610.
    To a place in time of the cold and the forgotten, in a place called Jamestown, Virginia USA.

  • The Lost World, Take 74 From the chronicles of the birth of Life and Death on Earth. Origins of Photosynthesis.

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    The birth .. of death and life
    Photosynthesis.
    The Science of a healthy life



    I wrote this short little science blurb a little more then two years ago, so, to celebrate spring cleaning, open waters, the chirping birds and lustful people that all blossom like little flowers in the warming sun and bare legs season :).
    A road down memory lane together with the heathen horde of vile bacteria gunning for our mutual throats.

  • Page 10 and the silent slumber. Just some random thoughts on life, and a few Norse views.

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     Page 10 and the silent slumber
    Life & Photography
    Life in the Anthropocene

     

    Page 10.

    If a photo is a thousand words or more, then there could in truth be an endless stream of emotional responses to every photo ever taken.
    Doors opening, worlds colliding, emotional responses, memories triggered, feelings left forgotten resurfacing, or new impressions formed.



    Perhaps as such, a photograph is not just a frozen moment captured in time.
    Perhaps it also carries that moment in time within itself, the sensory balance of what we felt, what we feel and see, the memories we create and associate to every little day and moment in the flesh.
    Perhaps, even in the colors and the tonality, the way the highlights merge with the shadows and darker shades.
    Perhaps it is a bit like the stars.

    One man´s sky is a black velvet upon which blinking stars traverse.

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  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

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    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

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    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • The anatomy and fitness function of our gorgeous human ass ( The mighty three we call the Gluteus ).

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    The gorgeous strength of Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your lifelong guide.



    Fitness is as wonderful for your health as it is for landing you a more sculpted and capable body over time.
    But that will never change that even fit people (quite a lot of them) are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Case in point the fit and good looking girl you can see in the IG video I am linking to, she obviously trains hard and regular while being in great shape, and she does know quite a few things about the body and the science of staying healthy and fit.
    Which is wonderful on all counts.
    But like so many other gym goers she is seemingly misinformed about a few things too ( on the other hand, so are we all :P ). Allowing wrongful information and knowledge to shape her choices and the choices of other people that gulps up everything we fit people believe to be true. However, if you are willing to listen to it the beautiful science of health and fitness will guide you towards a better body and better health and better workouts if you pay attention to real fitness science instead of personal opinions. You see, there is nothing wrong with the exercises she is doing. But outside of the wonderful world of human anatomy, there is no such thing as an upper or lower butt muscle as far as your exterior appearance goes, nor is there a meaningful difference as far as your practical fitness capacity and workout goes.

    Click through and let us talk about Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

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    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

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    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

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    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

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    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

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    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

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    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

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    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

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    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    And how life in the Anthropocene is the tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Healthy living is nothing but the science of life.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

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