Today, Herschel Supply Company sent me an email inviting me to reflect on the past year. Though I imagine they wanted me to reflect on their lookbooks of wistful models strolling beaches and buy another satchel, it instead reminded me that I wanted to post something here on the blog.
Earlier this summer, I presented findings from a study about college students and exercise. In addition to having a fine excuse to visit Puerto Rico, it gave me a chance to talk about an issue that’s become important to me now that I’m back in the college environment.
The issue: that college seems to destroy people’s health.
If you’re curious, take a moment and Google the word “rebellion.” Perhaps even type the words “Why does rebellion…” and watch it auto-suggest* “…feel so good.”
When I was studying Russian at a university in Siberia, I’d heard of a book about Richard Feynman, the late Nobel prize winning physicist, called Tuva or Bust.
What could be more beautiful, irresistible or dangerous than our own name? Forget scents wafting from packages and promises of zen moments. Personalization might be the most powerful weapon at a food advertiser’s disposal.
A couple of weeks ago I discovered that the source of my yearlong discomfort is celiac disease. Which apparently makes other people uncomfortable.
David McRaney is a curator of examples of irrational behavior. They’re almost always applicable to health habits, especially exercise—because few aspects of American life expose our irrationality quite like exercise.
We need to do it in order to survive. We don’t do it.
I read an article the other day about how eating healthy is more important than exercising because you can’t “outrun a bad diet.” But I hate reading articles like this, because the truth is we need both, so it’s a stupid comparison in the first place.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, but no amount of healthy food will save you if you don’t move your body and maintain your muscle mass.
One of the cool things about sports is that they’re a perfect arena for uncovering and challenging culturally imposed gender limitations.
Kathrine Switzer famously snuck into the 1967 Boston Marathon, registering under a man’s name, and became the first woman to run it.
“First of all come great dreams, then a feeling of laziness, and finally a witty or clever excuse for remaining in bed.” – Søren Kierkegaard