Sport and physical exercise are not one thing. They represent a family of activities that put our body and mind into motion, with some resulting benefit. With the caveat of avoiding injuries, three types of physical exercise make us stronger, faster, more endurant and help us experience life longer. Dogs grew up in nature, and they stayed in nature for longer than we humans … [Read more...] about The three types of physical exercise
Fitness & Health
In these articles about fitness and health, we explore research and share our own experience, watching those close to us and our experiments.
It is getting harder to beat athletic all-time records and longevity. Jeanne Calment set the longest lifespan in 1997, not one individual has done better since then. But these record values are so high that there is a wide gap of progression for us all to pursue. What can we learn from Olympian athletes and elders? One must be a top athlete to make it to the Olympics, even … [Read more...] about What can we learn from Olympian athletes about performance, intensity of life and longevity?
I spent some years of my career working for a computer manufacturer, Dell. While my role there was to make sure software ran without issues on the equipment the company was making, I got exposed to the manufacturing side of the business. When computer vendors produce equipment, they put a lot of effort in creating consistency in the performance and reliability of the final … [Read more...] about We are not created equal: the genetic influence
Our family is spread out across the globe as everyone keeps moving every now and then. My parents are in France, Layla's in South America. My sister Caroline is the closest to our parents, while my brother Matt lives in Spain now. He is visiting us for a few days here in Seattle, the kids and us are ecstatic to see him. Yesterday we went to the high school track to get some … [Read more...] about Track and field day with kids and my brother Matt
Robert Marchand survived 2 world wars, dictatorships, avoided cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer, depression, rode half a billion miles on a bike, and still drinks wine at the age 106. An exemplar of Robustness, he is still in perfect health. We sat down during his birthday week for a discussion about fitness and life. I first met Robert Marchand after he turned 100. I tell … [Read more...] about Centenarian Robert Marchand in perfect health at age 106
I came across an article this week about the UCI's tests on anti-doping, noting that the winner of the 2017 Tour of Spain (and the Tour de France, this year and those prior), Chris Froome, failed one urine test. His levels of Salbutamol were 200% that of the legal maximum concentration in his urine. Both A and B samples confirmed the result. Froome talks about having a chronic … [Read more...] about Do Salbutamol and Beta-2 agonists improve athletic performance?
The scientist Stephen Hawking has been in a wheelchair for several decades. He has a condition that prevents his body to function like most of us, and as time goes it becomes harder for him to move. In spite of this handicap, Hawking was able to produce large amounts of work, to focus and to travel through space and through time, as he observed the universe, its past and its … [Read more...] about Discovering the athlete inside of you
A recent study in Cell Metabolism highlights how two types of sport, high intensity endurance, and strength (resistance) training, improve cell functions and enable DNA code to retain its integrity over time. This supports the idea of doing cardio exercises, and complement them with resistance: push-ups, planks, lifting weights, etc. Doing one or the other is good. Doing both … [Read more...] about Study highlights beneficial impact of two types of sport
In modernity we often lose the sense of hunger and thirst. Of course the idea is not to starve or stop drinking water. Rather, keeping our primal senses means experiencing them for a short period through being in nature. There are two types of hungers. One is it’s lunch time and you’re still in a meeting. The meeting runs long, or the food is late, or you’re driving through … [Read more...] about Keeping our primal senses through physical exercise
TV sucks, except when it's good. If you like sports and thoughtfulness, Mike Douglas's Fountain of Youth video on Salomon TV is for you. As I watched it, I thought the topics discussed in Robustness aligned. There are a few things to do while we are alive, and especially while we have the energy. Exploring, taking risks, being playful. And that's what some of us do. But there … [Read more...] about Learning from Mike Douglas’s Fountain of Youth