Spent Some Time in a High “NatureScore” Setting

As I mentioned in my recent post about "NatureScore", I am motivated to spend more time in more natural settings, which for me means more hiking. So yesterday I rode my bike to Harvey Bear County Park and did the Willow Springs trail, one of my favorites. It was foggy and quite cool, the fog … Continue reading Spent Some Time in a High “NatureScore” Setting

What’s Your NatureScore?

Alex Hutchinson recently wrote an article "Nature Is Medicine. But What’s the Right Dose?" for Outside Magazine. He described the app naturequant (for "quantifying nature") codeveloped by three friends, a data expert, a software guy, and an expert in environmental psychology. I wrote a previous blog "The Healing Power of Nature" on this topic. Naturequant is … Continue reading What’s Your NatureScore?

Olympics, Paralympics, and Strength Endurance

Watching the Olympics and Paralympics has gotten me fired up about upper body training. There are multiple sports like kayaking, canoeing, and rowing in the Olympics that require "upper body cardio". Rowers will say the power from the stroke is mostly from the legs but it's still a good upper body workout too. In the … Continue reading Olympics, Paralympics, and Strength Endurance

Challenges, Adventures, And Balanced Training

I talked about challenging ourselves to motivate training, but carefully choosing the challenge, in a previous post. I recommended there that shorter challenges are probably best to motivate training that leads to optimal health. I violated my own rule recently when I decided to train for a century, decidedly not a short challenge. I'm glad … Continue reading Challenges, Adventures, And Balanced Training

We Lose Power With Age Because Our Muscles Get Weaker- Not Slower

It is well known in the exercise science literature that older adults have less ability to produce powerful movements, like a standing vertical jump from a bent-knee position. Power is force times speed, so you could lose power from a loss of strength (thus less ability to produce force) or from your muscles getting slower … Continue reading We Lose Power With Age Because Our Muscles Get Weaker- Not Slower

Single-sided Strength Training Improves Endurance Performance

There's been a debate for some time over whether single-sided strength training has and advantage over double-sided (doing a one-armed chest press vs doing a conventional barbell bench-press, for example). There are reasons to expect it to be better, such as getting your obliques involved in a one-armed chest press, and the fact that the … Continue reading Single-sided Strength Training Improves Endurance Performance

Active Transportation and “Curbing Traffic”

Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives is the name of an interesting book I recently read by Chris and Melissa Bruntlett. I've previously discussed their book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality which describes the history and implementation of measures taken to make Dutch cities bike … Continue reading Active Transportation and “Curbing Traffic”