Americans now spend an alarming 93 percent of their time indoors.
We have become an indoor species, which is having consequences on our physical and mental health.
Staying inside is detrimental on its own, especially since indoor air can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. We’re also often sedentary and tethered to a digital device while inside.
But the bigger issue is we’re not reaping the powerful benefits of the great outdoors.
Spending time in nature helps protect against a wide range of diseases, including depression, diabetes, obesity, ADHD, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. …
We now have evidence that eating more fruits and vegetables is directly related to having longer telomeres — which helps to slow the aging process.
When shoelace tips break down, the laces become frayed until they can no longer do their job. The same is true for telomeres — when they erode, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.
Telomere length is maximum at birth and decreases progressively with age…
Most people start their morning with a cup of coffee to give them the energy they need to be productive and get through the day. But aside from the caffeine fix, drinking coffee can help you live longer, reducing the risk of numerous diseases including cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
While there are indeed other perks to drinking coffee, there are also risks to consuming too much. Excess coffee can lead to caffeine dependency, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure, and an abnormal heartbeat.
Mark Sisson is widely regarded as the founding father of the ancestral health movement. A former world-class endurance athlete — with a 2:18 marathon and a 4th-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World Triathlon Championships — the 67-year-old now presides over a wide-ranging Primal enterprise (including the Primal Kitchen line of healthy condiments) and maintains one of the world’s top health and fitness blogs at MarksDailyApple.com. Sisson is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, all of which challenge conventional wisdom’s diet and exercise principles.
January always brings a flood of “New Year, New You” inspiration, but research shows that approximately 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February. So as the calendar turns to February, we are in need of sustained motivation.
Fortunately, I was recently able to catch up with Dave Asprey — known as the “Father of Biohacking” — to get his advice for living your best life all year long.
The World Health Organization recently updated its guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behavior. This marks the first update the WHO has made to the guidelines since 2010.
The new guidelines call for adults (ages 18–64) to do 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, or 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise, per week (or some equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous exercise). Additionally, resistance training at moderate or greater intensity — involving all major muscle groups — should be done at least 2 times per week.
This equates to about 30–60 minutes of total exercise per day. That amount of activity…
I love wine.
One of my favorite things is to unwind at the end of a long day with a glass of good wine.
But I don’t love the negative effects of wine. I experience lower-quality sleep after just a glass or two. And I am concerned about the possible long-term health consequences.
I lead a very healthy lifestyle overall, but it is hard to determine the right approach to alcohol. Certain studies show moderate drinking has health benefits, while other reports say no amount of alcohol is safe.
Ultimately, since wine is one of the great joys in my…
Wine and cheese are two of life’s great pleasures.
They’re even better in combination. Just ask the French.
But did you know that wine and cheese can help prevent cognitive decline?
The top 2 findings from the study were:
We are often told that we need to get out of our comfort zone to grow and achieve success.
That life doesn’t begin until things are scary and uncomfortable.
That the pathway to success must be risky, difficult, and riddled with failure along the way.
That you need to push yourself to the limit — and beyond — to realize your true potential.
But that’s all wrong.
Getting out of your comfort zone is overrated.
In fact, understanding your comfort zone and leaning into it is where the real magic happens.
Your comfort zone is the sweet spot where you…
In the past, I was one of those people. For more than a decade, I worked out just about every day, but my workout always consisted of a 30-minute run in the morning.
This daily run produced terrific mental and physical benefits, and I assumed it was all I needed to maintain my health.
I thought lifting weights was only for gym rats and muscle heads obsessed with vanity.
I was mistaken.
Now, don’t get me wrong — aerobic exercise is incredibly important for health and longevity, benefiting everything from your cardiovascular system to your immune function to your brain…