fit beyond 40

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

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    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 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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 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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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?.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • Science study: High Energy Food vs cancer risk and body fat increase in Women aged 50+.

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    High Energy Food
    vs Cancer and increased body mass.



    In a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers investigated the relationship between dietary food choices which contain a high-energy density ( DED ) and the cancer risk and body mass increase in women aged 50 years +.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 7, Let us talk about Forrest Gump for a while. The gift of running.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 7 in our School of Fitness.
    Run Forrest run. Forrest Gump, fictional as he was, had this amazing gift not just for ending up in great moments with people of historical importance, but he also had this natural gift for running.
    The question is this, do you have to be taught to run as biologically efficient as possible, or are you naturally born with the gift of how to run in the most efficient way possible for you.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • Fit and healthy for life: 7 day workout plan. V03 - Like a Viking

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    7 Day workout plan
     V03 - 'Like a Viking'
    The Science of a healthy life



    Welcome to the third version of our 7 days long, one-week workout plan for increased health, strength, lean muscle mass, and cardiovascular performance. This round is paying tribute to all those fit and brave old Norse men and women that traversed beyond the boundaries of our known world. So do it like a Viking and kill it in the gym with an unyielding will. 4 days of lifting intense, challenging weights pushing beyond your own limitations each set. Every set will have you using drop sets, and once you are done lifting weights, every workout is followed by 100% 5-minute long sprint interval rushes.

    In addition, 2 days of cardio/MMA classes, and 7 days of lower every day paced cardio.  

  • 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.

  • Gym: 7 day Workout Plan. Strength, health & cardio. V 01 - The complete lifestyle

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    7 Day workout plan
     V01 - 'The Complete Lifestyle'
    The Science of a healthy life



    A short, but hopefully inspirational 7 days long, one-week workout plan for increased health, strength, lean muscle mass, and cardiovascular performance. A truly tried and tested approach to not just a healthier and more fit body, but also increased healthy longevity.

    Presented both as a visual daily timeline, and a long form article. 

  • 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 :).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Our Genetic Makeup and body type myths

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    Body Types & Your Genetic Makeup
    Tiny little Myths
    The Science of a healthy life



    A brief article of mine where I talk about a short, sweet and accurate post by Neila Rey for one of the many basic things a lot of people still get wrong about their body, health and fitness level/potential. In short, you are not held hostage by your genetic makeup.

  • Gym inspiration for your next workout: Back, abs, triceps

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    Morning walks and evening weights
    Coffee & water
    The Science of a healthy life



    Yesterday was all cute frost and frozen berries, and today was rain and misty autumn views being served as breakfast. Yesterday was chest and abs, and today it was all about that mighty back and triceps.

  • Gym Inspiration for the day: Chest, abs, Cardio

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    Morning haze and frost
    Coffee & steel
    The Science of a healthy life



    Waking up this morning, the outsides of the bedroom window where as frosty as the ground itself. Leafs and leftover blueberries looking more like frosty status than organic material when I later stepped out.

  • A healthy life - MMA Cardio, Jab, Jab, Cross, Switch Kick workout

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    MMA Cardio
    The wonderful Science of a healthy, fit and active life



    Welcome back people to part two in our MMA Cardio articles. Your body, mind and overall health benefits not just from lifting weights and eating healthy food.
    Cardio is another part of the equation that will greatly enhance your joy of being alive as well as make sure that you are getting to live a long and healthy life.

    MMA Cardio is a top notch fun way of getting your health on, and your body sexy lean and fit.

  • MMA Cardio, Cardio the fun self defense way

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    Fun martial arts Cardio for everyone: Cross, Jab, roundhouse kick, spinning back kick
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Going with the previous notion of how anyone can greatly improve their health with just a few minutes of cardio every day. Here is an easy to do cardio-form which you can enjoy doing 7 days per week if you wish. Casually, low impact style, or high paced, highly explosive. 5 minutes or 40 minutes per day.

    You pick and choose.
  • 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 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.

  • Summer Workouts: Arms, Abs, Cardio

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    One day, 3 workouts
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Yesterday had me do a 3 workout split that went like this: Morning: coffee and water + a sprint based interval run. Midday: Triceps, Biceps, Abs. Evening: Hiit MMA that consisted of Kicking and punching at a high pace at first, and then followed by body weight squats and a slower, more yoga like approach to slowly moving between various martial art stances.

  • Summry 2k15 News Summary

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    tl;dr
    Short slices of random news for a Healthy Life



    I am quite sure that you guys are busy hanging out like orangutangs in the comfort of your porch, (I am) so here is a short, sweet summer summary for you to scratch that ache you feel for real, and relevant news.

  • Gym and fitness routines

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    Gym and Fitness programs
    The Science of a Healthy Life - Your Fitness Tribe





    As a side kick to our 4 weeks and 4 fit, active and healthy articles from yours truly. Here is a short guide on effective workout routines for those of you that might be looking for new ideas or simply do not know how to put together a sane, and sound workout routine.

  • Kill it in the gym, May Week 2

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    Legs, Abs, Ass, Yoga and Martial arts - May, Week Two
    A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe





    4 weeks and 4 fit, active and healthy articles from yours truly. That is what you can look forward to during the month of May.

    This is week two.

  • Daily Health Activity

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    Your month of health & Fitness - May, Week One
    A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe





    4 weeks and 4 fit, active and healthy articles from yours truly. That is what you can look forward to during the month of May.

  • Move your Ass, Gym Inspiration

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    Weekend workout(s) Inspiration - MMA, Biceps and Triceps
    A Healthy Life





    This spring weekend treated me to a beautiful sun filled day, and after an apple. Some killer morning music, water and two cups of gorgeously black coffee I enjoyed the quiet outdoors by doing 20 minute of martial arts outside amongst the sun and slowly melting snow

  • Tasty, Healthy Recipes

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    Home made Taco Pizza with Greens and stuff
    A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe





    in the simple things lies the perfect day
    Your health and fun, joy and pleasure. Or your 'r misery if it is the kind of things you miss.

  • Healthy & Tasty, Quinoa Quick Meal

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    Healthy and Tasty Food - Fuel for a Quality life
    Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health





    As most instinctively do understand. A healthy body and mind need not just a physically active lifestyle, but also the proper, and healthy food to fuel both thought, health and their physical progress and capacity.

  • Workout Inspiration - Legs

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    Workout inspiration - Morning walk and Leg workout
    Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health



    Sometimes, you have to love computers and the internet. Lol. I had finished up a beautiful little leg workout article, proofed it and all, and for some reason, once I hit publish, an early, very rough draft is what got published :).

    A well, so here I am rewriting from memory. Positively sure it will not be half as good this time around.
  • A healthy life - Workout Inspiration

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    Workout inspiration - Morning walk, Back and mma hiit cardio
    Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health



    This workout happened during my relaxing and beautiful winter weekend, but hey, it´s perfectly doable for any Monday, or whatever day this week you feel like hitting those back muscles of yours.
    Just keep on grinding that fit, active and healthy lifestyle of yours. No matter, if like me, you are years into it, or if you are just starting your first, slow baby steps, it´s all about the longevity of your perpetual workouts and daily lifestyle choices.
  • Fit, active and healthy - Inspiration

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    Friday workout - Sprint run, Biceps and Triceps
    Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health



    This Friday treated me to a beautiful early bird winter day as I pulled down my cap and headed out the door into a bright, white Friday morning with puffy snowflakes that slowly fell to the ground. And I can only hope that your day was just as beautiful and enjoyable as mine.

    To start my Day, Morning walk and sprint run

  • 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 not saying 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 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.
    But hold your horses and think about what I just said for a while.
    Not my choice of words, but the scientific reality of what I just wrote.

  • Workout inspiration - Healthy living

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    Tardigradous workouts with my gf
    life in the Anthropocene

    chest and abs + chins



    When it comes to keeping healthy, fit and toned I have always maintained that something is always better than nothing. And that something should always be done as intense and challenging as possible. Simply put because your body and your health adapts to whatever you demand of it. Or if you so prefer to think of it as, what you give it.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Anthropocene & the annual 'good country index' is back for its worldwide summary with the year 2017. And Scandinavia once again dominates.

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    Anthropocene
    the good country index 2017
    Life beyond 2028.



    Sweden once again dominates the good country index, sort of making it an annual business as usual reveal in other words.
    Sweden is followed closely by another Scandinavian country, namely Denmark, which, is no real surprise, the Nordic nations can be found at the top of the world, year after year, after year in a long range of beneficial, quality of life metrics and studies.

  • 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.

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