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The Way We Make Fitness Resolutions Is All Wrong

The Way We Make Fitness Resolutions Is All Wrong

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We rarely achieve our fitness goals

We rarely achieve our fitness goals

At the beginning of the year, we usually overcommit with our fitness schedule, we hurt ourselves and then never return.

We rarely reach our new year's fitness goals. But not because we don’t try hard enough - quite the opposite. We are going too hard, too fast in January; we burn out and injure ourselves, then we fully quit.




When we expect immediate results

Every year, at the very beginning, we start working on our fitness habits too hard, too quickly, in an unsustainable way, and expect instant gratification.

The instant commitment and expectation of instant gratification go together.



Setting realistic goals

With resolutions, it tends to be pretty black-and-white: doing workouts seven times a week or doing nothing at all. We have to get used with living into the gray area.

This area can mean choosing a softer, less intimidating goal: moving more, instead of committing to work out seven times a week, for example.




Fitness in Our Genes

A new study on the genetics of fitness is trying to find out if the body's receptivity to exercise is genetic or not.

The researchers have looked at thousands of individual segments of DNA, ...

Gene For Metabolizing Fats

A particular gene known as ACSL1 seems to play a role in how a body metabolizes fats and subsequently affects exercise response.

The findings, though preliminary, do point towards exercise benefits being genetic. Still, exercise has a multitude of benefits and cannot be discarded by individuals who do not have a certain type of gene.

Core Factors In A Happy Life

Research shows 70% of your happiness comes from quality relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

Yet, the biggest factor that interferes with your relationsh...

Reverse FOMO

FOMO is the fear of missing out, especially the latest internet hysteria. But FOMO is not the real problem - Reverse FOMO is.  By always being online, you are missing out on real life. An overwhelming online presence is replacing all the things that really make a good life.

Values, Not Lifehacks

Tech is only a tool. How you use it can make it good or not so good.

We don't need a lifehack to control our phone. We need values to ensure that technology serves us, and not the other way around.

Find out what you value in life. Then ask how technology supports those values. Set rules that work for them. If you don't, tech will fill that void by default.

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Hedonism: The Reality

Hedonism: The Reality
  • Long being associated with frivolity, mindless pleasure-seeking, gluttony and danger, hedonism was initially a fairly simple concept in ancient greek philosophy.
  • Hedonism ...

The Good Life

Philosophy Professor Catherine Wilson talks about pleasure being fundamental in our ability to live a good life, and how a fine balance has to be maintained between current pleasure(indulgence) and future pleasure, which is life planning.

If we work ourselves endlessly, trying to hoard wealth, life will be over in a blink of an eye.

Hedonism Reloaded

Apart from a more justified and gender-neutral definition of hedonism, the definition of luxury and pleasure itself is changing. What was once enjoyable seems like a waste of time now, while economic instability and low wages do not allow for a hedonistic lifestyle to be a reality for many of us.

Pleasure seeking needs to be viewed as a positive, life-giving pursuit in these times where everyone is striving hard to make ends meet.