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
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.
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
Running in the dark is something special. I am trying something new tonight, running while dictating this post in the WordPress mobile app using Google's voice recognition. I am out in the cold. Just a moment ago a cyclist passed me going into the opposite direction. He had no light and I had no light either. We barely saw each other. I can use the lamp on my phone. Now that … [Read more...] about Running at night
Some days are just not meant for exercise. The schedule is so busy that we cannot even find time on the calendar. Or we are too tired for anything intense, like running fast or going for a long ride. Fall and winter also bring colder and wetter days. If exercise is part of your work, or if you ride your bike to work, you have a workaround to these problems. Sports are built … [Read more...] about Natural exercises: walking
Today was a sunny day. It rained overnight, so I waited until the afternoon that the roads or would be dry enough to not be slippery while on the bike. In places like Seattle, you can bike all year round. There is never so much snow, except for very few days, that it's impractical for bikes. Sometimes it's freezes and the frost can be very tricky on the ground. Riding in fall … [Read more...] about Riding in fall weather
There are many ways of doing strength training: interval running, sprints, weight lifting, push ups, pull ups, planks. The list goes on. Bar exercises for strength training allow you to work on your upper body. So if you are a runner or cyclist, it's likely that your arms and trunk muscles are not the strongest and endurant part of your body. That's definitely my case: I can … [Read more...] about Bar exercises for strength training