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

 
 

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.



 

 
 




 


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The flight from human intimacy.






A minority might enjoy that emotional and unhealthy intellectual flogging that is true. But most other will grow unhappy and utterly drained in such an unhealthy environment. And that simple human truth goes for any situation and person where their own peculiar personal needs are not respected and fulfilled.
Be it love or health, joy, work, and hobbies, closeness, creative desires, sexual pleasures, and fulfillment or whatever.








No matter what aspect of life we are talking about, life is meant to be lived the way you would actually enjoy it to be.
So, whatever floats your personal boat, you go on and you do that if at all possible.
You make sure you enjoy the road ahead for your own sake, while you allow others that very same fulfilling support and freedom to do life their own fulfilling way.
Your culture or religion, your work, your personal relations or your own parent´s uprising and old societal ideas will never change who you truly are in any given moment of life. Your needs and desires in life are real, and someone else's thoughts and religious beliefs can never be allowed to change the importance for you to live a healthy and fulfilling life that makes you truly happy in big and small.








Hopefully one day, society, as a worldwide whole will realize that personal growth, health, desires, dreams, fulfillment, and quality of life is what is actually important for all the people that populate this one Earth.
And when you cater to that, the joy and need and health of each person´s life, that is when you are rewarded with a healthier society and happier more fulfilled people.

When you create an equal and healthy planet where people are all supported each day to go about life their own healthy and complete human way. That is where you will find that people are happy and fulfilled and pleased with life.






Fulfillment and healthy living will never be found in spending your life living out a long range of meaningless years spent doing someone else's bidding if that goes against your own personal needs, just because someone else told you to do it.
Unless of course, serving is your very real enjoyment that is.

And it certainly can be fun and healthy exploring that adult serving part in a more naughty, sexual kind of way if that tickles your fancy :).








But let us get back to the flight from human intimacy.

In Japan, the culture of working, working and working and living in overcrowded cities with little personal room and freedom for intimacy and time towards nature and other people is now a national threat as well as a severely unhealthy individual life destroying downer.
The long-standing Japanese culture of putting corporate and state honor before your own fulfillment, and for females to also put the man first in all circumstances in their life and relationship, and for both to neglect personal intimacy and romance even toward each other has created a modern day, first wide scale taste of the dystopian nonsexual, and nonemotional, dehumanized sci.fi world of tomorrow.

No, this is not the fun filled and sustainable high-tech sci-fi cities and life which we all want and deserve but no, instead of hyperloop transportation and rich and thriving city meadows and healthy people and city living that encourage society to live and love and prosper individually as well as a society, Japan have created the dystopian and boring sci-fi world of cold-hearted Donald Trump politicians.





You know the kind of sci-fi world that monitors you 24/7 so you do not slack on your 20 hours long work day before you sleep in an office cubicle only to repeat it all for 7 days before you get to spend 12 hours with your partner all while air pollution and unsustainable industries continue transforming our beautiful planet to an unhealthy and damaging hell hole from mars that will chew you up and never spit you out as thanks for slaving away.

Japan is not that off the rails of course, but that is the direction the Japanese society have been walking in for quite some time already.









And that will of course only promote unhappy and unhealthy people. Even worse, this is sadly a growing present day trend not limited to Japan, and worldwide we can see people choosing solitude and monk-like lives, spending their time in life as corporate and cultural autonomous beings withdrawing from deep emotional and physical bonds with each other and from emotionally and intellectually fulfilling lives. In many ways, distancing themselves from life itself just to serve the artificial bondage of money, pack, and nation.

There is of course nothing wrong with solitude, so do not get me wrong, we all need solitude, and an income, those things can be incredibly healthy to have in some degree in our life :).






But we are not talking about a healthy balance here. This is a loss of crucial human parts on an individual level when people and society as a whole shy away from even the desire to find someone or several special ones in their life with whom they can enjoy emotional, and sexual joy and pleasure. Not to mention go about enjoying a full and healthy life.

A special someone is a person or people with whom they do not share love, and physical and emotional closeness and fulfilling pleasures with due to traditional values and the bullying demands of society, but instead are choosing for their own deep joy and pleasured living.










And when we end up with a large scale situation where people do not even desire to find real joy, pleasures, sex and health, and satisfaction in life due to the demands from the unfulfilled and dehumanizing society they are surrounded by, and instead of enjoying life feel so suffocated and exhausted that they are choosing to stay sex and loveless for all of life.








That is when something deeply human and crucial has been lost.
Being single or at least not in an exclusive relation is not wrong.
Being childless is absolutely not wrong. In fact, that could actually be a huge life and relationship improving choice.
Remaining unmarried is not wrong at all. And whatever you wish to pursue as job and hobbies and all, that is the right passion in life.

All these things can just like a sexually submissive person be the exactly right way to do life for that person.








But when close to 40% of the adults under 40 in an entire nation is choosing to remain without love and sexual fulfilment due to not feeling a real hope of ever finding joy and fulfilling pleasures and life, in life and a relationship, sexual or otherwise, then there is something wrong with how that entire society is doing things and the way they are treating and viewing people's quality of life and their respective needs.







This dehumanized way of treating people more as autonomous slave workers without rights and needs instead of the unique and fascinating human beings we all are with endless shades of unique and wonderful sexual, emotional and intellectual needs that need to be fulfilled, is of course, not just an issue in Japan.

There has been a long dehumanizing culture all over the world, with China and USA and east Germany and Russia. Iran and Saudi Arabia and North Korea all serving as prime examples.








In all fairness, we could, of course, add a lot more bad examples in that mix of nations.
Eugenics and lobotomy and the horrible treatment of less fortunate people is sadly a far too common theme in our global history, from witch hunts to legalizing domestic abuse of wives and putting horny girls in sanitoriums. The list of wrongdoings is long and plentiful and every nation across the entire planet is represented.

But it is not so much about which countries or cultures, or even the subject we chose to talk about tho.
Instead, this comes down to the simple fact that this dehumanizing thing always lead to people being a lot less happy and fulfilled then the case is in other nations where personal fulfillment, rights and freedom, sex, health and joy and quality of life and love is valued at a much higher level.






Japan a shrinking population

In Japan, things have been taken to it´s far end to such a degree that by 2060, the 120 million population has been estimated to shrink with one third!. Yes, in a time of climate change and record-breaking global population growth numbers Japans population numbers are actually projected to lose about 30 million people in less than 50 years time.





In one way, if the entire world did the same negative population growth change that could actually be a good thing for the survivability and balance of the human race, but today we are talking about the joy and health of individual people and that one single life we all get to do, not the threat of unsustainable societies and growing populations.








A third of all Japanese people below 30 has never had a single date in their entire life.
And 45% of Japanese females under 24 have no interest in, and even worse, even despise sexual contact.
No, life and sex is not about giving birth to children or going on dates or getting married.
But when 40% of Japanese females in their 20´s are projected to never have a baby due to their own choosing and their opinion that finding fulfilling and healthy love and sex, and relations do not work in this ungrateful and unhappy world.

Well, I am sorry to be blunt but that is a very tangible hint that Japan is doing the human intimacy thing very wrong.





One of lives greatest wonders is fulfilling sex, and when close to 50% of the horny population view sex as so bad that they have zero interest in pursuing great sex with a great lover, well something is obviously extremely wrong.








Oniyome

When societies all over the world are 'labeling' working moms as oniyome, or "devil wives", which is the English words for that Japanese term - that is solely about dehumanizing people's individuality and their deeply rooted human need for fulfilling sex and love, and life. It is in that case just one more tool to deprive people of the will and perceived right to do life in a personally fulfilling and satisfying way.






And as such, it is as damaging and unhealthy as when other parts of the world preach about abortion being a sin that people can not be allowed to even talk about ( I am looking at you Donald Trump ) or Putin's Russia starts to talk about how men need to have the right to physically beat up their wives, and this is an actual political conversation in a society where a woman is already killed as a result of domestic violence every 44 minute!. When people and their elected leaders take steps to diminish people's actual quality of life there is something substantially wrong in that entire society.

A wrong that is as multifaceted as it is damaging and unhealthy as when mothers have to marry and stay married to the father of their kids no matter what their personal feelings and needs in life actually are.











It is, just as wrong as the people and cultures that believe that girls are thought to be deserving to be killed if they are venturing along life´s windy roads with the wrong person. The differences are mere shades of black, nothing more.

There are countless of different ways this dehumanizing takes place and form.

From the war on science and climate change, the war on real science based education, the war on facts and equality, and crucial thinking. When people promote imaginary fantasies and alternate realities instead of talking honestly about the state of people's own lives and the world we all share.
That is all about taking away personal fulfillment, the individual joy and pleasure from other people's unique, and beautiful, individuals life and needs just to further your own bank account and position.







Live life people.
On your own or with someone you love.
Society and others have no say in what actually makes you happy or sad.
Train hard as hell, eat healthy food, stay healthy and fresh. And have lots of kinky and perfect sex with the right lover for you.


Or get out of shape and party hard if you are an unhealthy but happy slob, just don't pollute the world and others health as you do it :).
Or better yet never party. Plant strawberries, kiss, make love, take photos, work hard or spend your life in the sun. Drive a clean and self-driving, electric car or take the bicycle around town every day of life.
Read a book or write one.
Raise a child or stay childless.

Have a job, be a student, or be unemployed if that is the temporary situation.









Just live the rest of your life the way that actually makes you happy, and allow others the same freedom and rights to do the same.
The past is just the past and not a big ass grindstone to drown yourself and others with. And as such there is no need to keep yourself or others from missing out on the rest of your journey through life.





Life is yours to live and do, and it is also the only adventure you will ever get to enjoy your own way, religion and its promise of other realms, is just fantasies people.

No matter if that is being a single mom that is working, or if we are talking about a married couple with one or both having a job. It can be a same-sex couple, divorced, or single. Married x 10, or just happy kinky co-living.
Make a million bucks, or choose to sell hot crickets.

Chase whatever job you can find, or choose to remain self-employed just so you can paint and write at your own leisure.
Be rich or poor.
Do whatever kind of combination and way that you can imagine that is truly making life better for your sake.
Live life, it is yours after all, and no one else's to enjoy, just do it in a nondestructive way and stop getting in the way of actual scientific progress and real human needs for everybody else and yourself.





Choose every day to live life in ways that are leading you towards a better personal fulfillment for you.
Do that without hurting the health and freedom, the rights and education and needs of everybody else.
We need more science and education in this world, not less.
We need better health care and joy, better science, sustainable societies and more equality.







What we do need less of is all the alternative realities some leaders and people talk about. We need less bullshit, less dehumanizing leaders, and religions, and we need less hatred. This world needs more of reality, the simple reality we all live in. Science, health, progress, equality, joy, sex, sustainability, jobs, income, education, rights and a healthy world and life for all of us.

Enjoy your life, your way.
Just allow others the very same kind of freedom, and support to go for their own, desires, their dreams, and joy. Careers, love, sex, and health.
That is what life is about.

Wishing little refugee kids to starve and die, or to hate on low-income people, and actual teachers and scientists that educate people on actual facts in life. To cherish when mothers to be die in childbirth because of crap shot healthcare and reproduction rights.





That is not how to do life.
Neither is ever ignoring reality and science, and all the real needs of people and this planet in the name of profit and gods.







Make life your own, no matter what that fulfilling path consists of.
Just make sure you actually live this life. Do not get stuck in an alternate reality loop that someone else set out to fabricate.
Because you own your life.

And finding happiness and doing this one life that we have, in a way that is enjoyable for you. that is your right. And it is equally much everybody else's right in life too, and no one, not society, not your neighbors, not your workplace or relatives, "friends", lovers or strangers have the right to deny you a fulfilling and healthy life today and tomorrow, so take care of each other and our planet, we human animals are all what makes life rich and when we strip humanity away from society and life in each other, we to lose that essential part of our human intimacy and beauty, and that is not how to be a human being.







 









 

It was the year

4.5 Billion



[ "and



with the rising

sun

we turned,

the pages

of a brand new day" ]









 








The winter tree I see

You will find ghosts
And shadows
Living
out in the plains, the open, endless fields and
sparsely shaded
crevices
On the sloping hills
of the gardens
and worlds
of encompassing
white light


Endless
shades, of light and shadows
making love, and holding hands


 























 
 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Your own life is your style
    contemporary art & products for your healthy fit life style



    Each of us is the sum of our own unique lifestyle, thoughts, and touch. Be it in person, or through the way we live. This uniqueness is evident even in our own persona. Each and every one of our life choices in all of life´s big and small moments. It is further, ever-present in the way we have slowly built and shaped the castle and life which we call our home.
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  • Fitness school, question 44: What is the actual weight of one cm3 lean muscle mass, and will that weight per cm3 be able to also differ ever so minuscule between fit people and out of shape people (generally speaking that is).

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    A healthy life is a daily process created by making healthy science based choices.
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 44 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short and sweet little one.
    As stated in the subject line, lean muscle mass has another weight/density ratio than fat, so a body mass that is made up of more fat and less lean muscle mass will display a bigger mass at a lower body weight, while a body that has a greater amount of lean muscle mass will actually have a higher body weight compared to what its body mass might make you believe.


    Read on beyond the break and dwell deeper down into today's fitness school question.

  • Pressmeddelande: Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019 tar en tur i naturen för en stund med naturfoto och fitness prat i Höga Kusten.

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    Humlesafari, fladdermuslyssning, fjärilsbingo, krypletning och fågelvandring – den 22 maj uppmärksammas den internationella FN-dagen Biologiska mångfaldens dag med en mängd olika evenemang runt om i Sverige.

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  • Fitness school, question 43: Will a daily shower of daylight increase your body's capacity to deal with a long range of biological issues?

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    Question number 43 in our School of Fitness.
    You already know that getting outside for your daily daylight shower is tremendously good for #VitaminD production and keeping your circadian clock healthy & primed.
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  • Fitness school, question 42: Will maintained fitness reduce menstrual pain for the majority of women?

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    Fitness is built upon the science of you.
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 42 in our School of Fitness.
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     Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
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    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.

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    Fitness is built upon your own anatomy.
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    Question number 41 in our School of Fitness.
    Beneath the tasty, delicious joy and sexiness of a life built on plant-based food and fitness, the weights you lift, the miles you walk and run. The mountains you climb, and the sandbags you punch and kick there is not just a burning passion and increased life quality. Nor is it just a question of the enhanced health and joy you can touch and feel deep inside both body & mind.
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    Fitness School
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    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
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  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, it is once again time for you to put your thinking cap on before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders and science :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It scientifically speaking lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But even small ordinary things like taking a daily walk carries with it a huge life long health and fitness impact.

    My Question:.
    What happens with our skeletal lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

  • 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.

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    We see a brand new dawn.



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

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    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 ).

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    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.

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

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 15 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    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'.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    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?

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    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

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    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?.

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