Our beautiful Planet. Every day is Earth day for all of us. Updated

 
 

A Mutual symbiosis
 Planet Earth, Animals, and Homo Sapiens
The Science of a healthy life

 

Today is Tuesday, or perhaps it is Wednesday or Monday, or even Friday at your corner of the world. But whatever the day and time, I hope that it is a beautiful day for you. It certainly is such where I am. The sun is shining and the air is as clean as it is healthy to breathe, and behind me, the coffee is brewing as I type these words. Even better still, in a few hours I have a romantic date waiting with my beautiful girlfriend.

Yes, today is a beautiful day by all accounts.
But today is also Earth day, or at least it should be.



So while for most that might be just another 'any given day' kind of thing in life, do consider for a brief second that we live in a world that absolutely needs us all to permanently change course today. As individuals, but also as citizens of the one global society that we all belong to.




Earth need us to rapidly grow a more proper awareness, not just in words like these, but in the way we do and see our world, our shared health, and reality. So before we all go about with living our own day, let us reflect for a brief few seconds upon this beautiful planet we all share.  





 


 
 

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What your personal values are is, as always your personal view and choice, and nothing else.
It is a healthy aspect of human nature to make our own personal choices and to form our own educated opinions. And that freedom and desire to carve our own path in life and thought is such a tremendously beautiful, and essential part of what makes us all tick.






Be it a person's own religious views or the complete lack of them.
Be it personal greed and undying love for dirty harmful oil, or a person's preferred choice of growing slow, and out of shape and increasingly unhealthy, instead of doing things the other way around.


Reading books or not.
To drink your coffee pure black like I do, or having it served in the shape of a bowl of almost pure cream with a slight splash of coffee to go with all that cream.

Cats or dogs, Ice hockey or painting. Kinky sexual pleasures which you and your partners devour without disgrace, or if even the thought of innocent kisses makes you squirm with shame.

Those and so many other things in life all need to rest upon the same essential foundation.
And that is to be the fruits and seeds that are born out of choices and desires that follow your own heart and joy. Individual, and beautiful choices that will shape and form the way you live the rest of your days. Making tomorrow's world nothing more than what we are choosing to make it by our own choices.






No, it is true, that we can not change the fabric of reality, neither can we carve unlimited richness out of every situation and resource. But as always, you and no one else, within reason, make and shape your own future and thus, you will either choose to help and improve our everyday life on planet Earth or end up being a person that hinder and lessen all our global tomorrow.




Life is, beyond our free, individual will and desires, made up by basic, universal facts that we all do live with. Facts that never change no matter your culture or birthplace. The color of your skin or your preferred sexual activities.





Not even your taste in Star Wars movies have any real influence in life.
Neither is your choice of divine deities or the preferred color of your garden gnomes cap important in any real way outside of your own personal joy. You see, none of those personal things will ever change the basic facts of life, they are all important on a personal level but they never change the fabric of reality.




So please do, go ahead and make your own choices and allow others the same, but never confuse what is personal belief with the basic reality of our shared Universe.
When you pollute, you kill or hurt other actual human beings ( and animals ). And as such, if you are choosing to pollute in any way you are choosing to hurt everybody else's health no matter how you window dress it. If you do not enjoy sex or clean air to breathe, others still do.
And more importantly, those real needs has to be globally addressed and met.





Because sex that people enjoy is healthy sex. And clean air to breathe, well that too is something vital and healthy. Just ask people in Paris, Beijing, New Mexico and New York how they feel about having their own health carved down with decades just because of human pollution. Or why not take a look at India, home of some of the world's most devastating air pollution issues.

Those basic facts of life are essential, while fantasies are not. Health care is a real need. So is proper education and a livable income.








If you believe in fairy tales that is absolutely okay to do. No one is telling you that you can not believe in a long haired Jesus.
Feel free to do that as long as your own belief in those fantasies in no way violates others actual needs in life. You do not have to like modern day medicine, but you can not use your own religious faith as an excuse to deny others the essential and very real healthcare that they do need.




 

So let us talk about Earth.
Because Earth is a center piece in all this.
We all share it, and until we actually colonize other planets, Earth as of now is the only human home in our vast Universe.






Name: Earth
Age: 4.54 billion years. Give or take a few millions of years
Origin: Orbiting the sun in the milky way galaxy as the third planet from the sun.

Earth is the only planet in this corner of the Universe that is not named after a Roman deity but instead its name comes from the language of the Anglo/Germanic tribes.

Life: Earth is capable of supporting a vast number of ever changing intelligent life forms.
Ranging from sea dwelling creatures like Dolphins and whales to Homo Sapiens. Neanderthals, birds, monkeys and other intelligent species like pigs, dogs, cats.

Countless of species have vanished through history, and numerous new species continue to evolve. And right now in the age of Anthropocene, we are standing at the doorstep of another great mass extinction. 







Today we also know that Earth is just one of many planets in the Universe capable of supporting life. Potentially speaking, our Universe holds hundreds of millions of planets with the potential for some form of life. Perhaps our ever changing and evolving Universe holds the key to life on billions of planets. No one can say for sure, except that math and science tell us that life exists on countless of planets as abundant as the grains of sands on any given beach.


  

Mass: 5,972,190,000,000,000 billion kg
Equatorial Diameter: 12,756 km
Polar Diameter: 12,714 km
Equatorial Circumference: 40,030 km
1 Moon.

And yes, it is true, Earth, do not move in perfect speed or rotation.
Just as life and climate continually change and adapt to what we do, our planet's course through space changes too. Nor is our day actually 24 hours (but very close to it) or our magnetic field an infinite constant. As life changes, so do our living, breathing planet too, and with it the entire universe.








Climate: Right now the climate at large is warming up and changing. Globally speaking, this is happening in an artificially exaggerated and harmful way that affects all of Earth and all it´s current and future species. From the rapidly rising sea levels to a loss of ice and snow, and ever-warming and changing climate. We see huge changes in trepidation and agricultural and biodiversity loss. Apparently, we have had a 2000% increase in methane in the last 10 year or so.

All sorts of issues that are all made much worse due to Homo Sapiens continually putting select corporate, national and individual profit ahead of what is good and healthy for far too long. Short sighted choices that continue to happen at the expense of all our globally shared health and well-being. 







Our global ecosystem can still partially recover from this neglect with our help, or at the very least, slow down and prevent the worst case scenarios. If we give it a helping hand, and if we do it globally now.








Food: In the hunt for growing profit and production capacity humanity industrialized food production a long time ago.
Which if we are honest about it, is a potentially good thing. There is nothing wrong with going high tech. In fact, healthy and sustainable farming 2.0 needs high tech and scientific breakthroughs on all levels as much as our planet needs it in order to go clean, green, healthy and sustainable. Science and technological advancements such as autonomous cars and robots are our friend if we care about creating a healthier and better life for all people.






But sadly up until now, food and farm production did not happen with the intent of producing healthier food in a more effective and less harmful way. Instead, the so-called progress that was made up until now allowed us to scavenge and poison large areas of Earth as well as exterminate and exploit a large portion of other species as well as each other.







Somehow, our corporate and political, and social leaders decided that it was more important to produce food that was as profitable as possible instead of producing food that was as healthy and sustainable to eat and produce as possible.

Harmful and shortsighted choices which beyond ravaging our planet also meant that a majority of people on this planet did not get to drink and eat affordable or healthy water, milk and food with a proper nutritional value and density. And hundreds of millions still do not.

Instead, people are today forced to buy unsustainable and unhealthy beverages and food. If they can even afford that.







Our water and money and natural resources continue being wastefully used up instead of providing us all with a healthier and longer and more sustainable life. Going green and healthy and equal, and sustainable on a global basis is 100% possible to do if national leaders such as Trump simply decide to do so instead of putting corporate greed before the needs of actual human beings. 

Air quality: In more sustainable countries and areas, like the Scandinavian nations, the air quality and nature itself is still at large, a joyful and healthy experience. Many would be correct in saying that it is today in far better shape than it was just 100 years ago in a lot of places.






But on the other hand, in a growing number of cities and countries all over the world, the air quality today is nothing but unsustainable. So unhealthy at times that hundreds of millions of people worldwide already have their natural life span cut short with decades due to the low and unhealthy air quality they are forced to breathe.

To change this, we need all countries all over the world to prioritize a healthy air quality and daily life. We need an honest debate about science, climate, and health. The current air, water, food and soil pollution problem will only continue to grow as well as spread. Unless we all change our mutual ways.







After all, no single countries air, water, land or food production is in any way shielded from the rest of the world. We are all part of the same shared ecosystem. Amount of wealth and power will not change that simple fact of life. And the only way to change it is to take a mutually global responsibility across all nations around the world.








 

The future is bright, for all of us.





But really, not all is black and grim. I know, for a lot of people our current present day life. Life in the Anthropocene as I usually call it, seem nothing but black and hopeless. When people like myself point out one wrong plenty of people do not see or hear the possibilities for change which the door that is wide open provides us with.

But that is the opposite of what is actually happening. That is not seeing the trees for the forest, or perhaps the forest for the one tree that is broken.









Plenty of things is far from perfect. We can all see that. We all understand that. Previous generations have put us all in a very bad position, and some of our leaders are still refusing to see life on Earth for what it is.

But, that is the thing.
Life today is not our doing. We did not create this. We are just living with what was put on the table. And that is a very bad place that those that came before us decided to give us.



So instead of looking at where others put us, and instead of trying to deny current day reality or going down in flames because it is too bleak to comprehend, look instead at the vast changes that we are all doing right now, and then look beyond that to the even bigger changes we are all capable of doing. Changes that greatly improve life on Earth every single day and year.

Yes. It will take some time to turn a giant ship like Earth around.

But in China, and many other places air quality ( soil and water too ) is now improving. Countless of countries around our globe is now firmly set on going 100% sustainable in a very short time frame. Great strides are being made not only in sustainable energy such as solar but also brand new and still developing clean energy solutions such as fusion are becoming more viable by the day. And traditional nuclear is actually starting to find new ways of becoming a little more green and sustainable.





Developed countries like Sweden will go 100% clean and renewable with their entire national need, and energy production in just a couple of decades, and around Europe fossil fuel driven vehicles are about to get banned.

Health care and education are better than ever around the globe.
Equality is better than ever. And while some fear the progress of science and equality, while some fear scientists breaking even more ground, science is a good and wonderful way forward that teaches us invaluable things every single day as long as that progress is guided by global health and equality.



It is true that past food producers have more or less poisoned hundreds of millions of people around the globe. All those obese people in today's world. Blame the food industry. Blame the lackluster politicians that could not have cared less about someone else's health and well-being. The degradation of quality soil, blame the unsustainable food industry and farmers, blame the greed of society and giant food chains.

Blame the errors of the past and change the future, because all these things can be altered, improved and reversed.
And as you do.








Never lose track of the fact that today we know about peak water, we know and understand that people need healthy food. We understand that dairy needs to be produced in a sustainable and healthy way. We understand that happy cows produce better milk and dairy.
We know that people need real and clean water to drink. We understand ( most at least ) that oil and shale have no future, people need sustainable and clean fuel and energy. Clean self-driving cars. Healthy science-based health care, real education. We need sustainable farming and healthy old soil that replenish.




We are today, all living in a world which understands that we all need a healthy planet and healthy animals.





Today our world is a world of hope.
Because we actually understand these things now. And it is not just empty talk anymore by greedy leaders that say one thing and take with the other hand behind their back.

Yes, of course. Some like that political fool Potus Donald Trump are still doing their best to deny climate change and the impact and importance of real science, inclusion and equality. That is very true.

Some like him will try to eat shit and swim in oil until their dying days because that is what benefit their own bank account without requiring any adjustments on their own and their friends part.




But that is now the powerless minority, not because they lack power and money but because you know better, science and facts of life actually tell you what you need to know to change the future.
The world today marches relentlessly towards a healthier and more sustainable world.

And that is a world that benefits us all.








One day AI and automated robotics will take over a majority of our workplaces.
But so what. It might be a scary thought. And it will be a bumpy ride until society has adjusted.

But that is not because of those future changes, that change is only bumpy because of our past errors and all the things still wrong in todays society. Reality is that it is more than possible for all of us to make a sustainable profit on sustainable and healthy practices and industries. In a truly shared and sustainable, and healthy society it will not even matter if you actually have a traditional job or not.






Politicians and corporations and individual people like you and I will continually make powerful changes every single day as we go forward. Changes which when put together will create a healthier and more sustainable world for us all to live and thrive in.

And this is already happening on a broad global scale and in hundreds of millions of individuals personal life and space.





All energy producers can go green, affordable and sustainable today if they wanted to. And they can all make a solid and very healthy amount of profit while doing so.







All food producers can today put an end to creating unhealthy and harmful food. If they wanted to. But even those that drag their feet will soon have to change as well. because very soon society will demand that change. Most of the developed world have already started to demand these changes because not doing so is hurting billions of people around the world. And come tomorrow, those that drag their feet will stand out even more as the harmful and impossible trolls that they in fact are. Refuting a change towards a healthier world is impossible because that is a doomed project.






Best of all, all those healthy and sustainable food and service producers will make an even better living producing food, goods, and services that are actually good and nutritious to eat and use, without harming the planet and other human beings.








Our water, food and soil crisis is very much real.
But it can and will be averted. It will not be avoided, but the day we, all of us. From individuals to countries, politicians and corporations make the choice to be less wasteful with clean and fresh water that is the day our global water crisis will stop being a crisis and instead transform into a sustainable future we can all deal with and enjoy.




Instead of fracking and coca cola, we should all drink healthy water and healthy, nutritionally rich beverages such as milk. What needs to change is the way we produce said milk and water, since it can and needs to be produced with a lot less water and other resources being used up. Using up one thousand liters of water to produce one liter of milk is just not okay or manageable since our resources are not infinite when used in such a wasteful way. 





There is today, not a single car manufacturer that needs to produce unsustainable and polluting cars. Tesla has proved this for years. And the big car manufacturers are all about to change their entire production lines too. There will soon be no more fossil fuel driven cars that kill and harm your health prematurely just by driving around.









No one needs to destroy the rain forests in the Amazonas or Sumatra, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. India or Burma to create toilet paper and palm oil. Nor do we need infinitely profit growing revenue in our corporations.

And let´s not forget, a healthy world will not take away that profit.
Plenty of studies clearly shows that most unsustainable corporations do not even make a real profit if you factor in the real cost of damages to people's health and our entire planet.



In other words, going green and clean and healthy, that is the only way to make a real profit, and as such is not that change the only thing that is actually worth doing?.







No farmer alive - or country - needs wolves and other positive animal species to go extinct.
Show me a single farmer that absolutely needs to produce unhealthy and unclean food while destroying the very earth its farmed from.
Who actually needs that?. No one needs hazardous pesticides to produce whole grains, potatoes, strawberries, and apples. And no person alive needs to snort Rhino horn or eat shark fins.






There is not a single politician that actually needs to stand up and lie to the world, claiming that air pollution is due to sand storms in Sahara. Or that Tar sands oil - or fracking in general - is needed to produce jobs and energy or that poor and unemployed people need to starve or live on the streets and go without proper and real healthcare, food and education while we lower taxes for the richest people and corporations. Those are artificial lies, and you know better even if you lack the will to change, you still know that simple truth that we have to change.







So what we do need is to individually choose to not continue doing life in that wasteful and quite retarded and selfish way that our ancestors did for so very long. And the best thing about it all is that even if you are not ready to choose to make the world a better place, there is enough global leaders and corporations, not to mention hundreds of millions of people that have already made the choice to actively create a better world because they too already know that simple truth that is staring us all in the face.

And as such, even someone as selfish and perhaps confused, as Donald Trump will despite his own views and worst intentions soon enjoy the benefits of a world that daily grows better and healthier, more sustainable and equal by the day. And that dear reader, that is progress and a better tomorrow and world for us all, and that is why every day is Earth day for us all.





 



 







 

Photography by NASA. This gorgeous photo of Saturns rings was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera on June 9, 2016.
It was acquired at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) from the rings.The real life scale is 7 miles (11 kilometers) per pixel. And how mindblowing is not that?










 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Few Published Books and Articles

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

    Quality time needed: 15 minutes


    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    This is the lost world XVIII.
    A tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat ( Omega 3 mainly ), iron, B12, Iodine and creatine going plant-based is very easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

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    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.



    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
    And in that spirit, this ultramarathon is not just about bringing together runners from all around the world, it is also a marathon to save the endangered Rhino from going extinct, and to better the entire world.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 21, will the health benefits from my fitness life suffer in air polluted cities?.

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    Fitness School
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    Question number 21 in our School of Fitness.
    Doing the daily grind behind a healthy fit life will always continue to do wonders for our well being and physical health in body and mind.
    But air pollution is another key factor that is greatly influencing our wellbeing and longterm health. And how do these two modern-day pillars clash and collide?
    Will living in heavy air polluted cities flat out destroy all the health benefits you should be reaping thanks to your daily fitness regime?.

  • The day before xmas brings with it another round of winter poetry and Scandinavian photography as we spend this perfect day 'Between the stars and dead waters'.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    The day before xmas.
    Is spent 'Between the stars and dead waters'.



    And is there any other way to enjoy the beauty that is a proper Scandinavian winter.
    Thick snow and ice dressing up the entire world as we dive into the freshness of sub-zero temperatures and the dark of winters daylight.
    Inside at the gym, and outdoors as we walk and hike deep in snowy dark forests and mountain valleys, winter is a gift of raw life and health & beauty at its very finest.
    Enjoy the read and the rest of your winter.

  • Naughty xmas poetry "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree" and a merry winter solstice to you guys.

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    Winter solstice poetry
    a quality xmas
    and happy new year.



    Enjoy the rest of December people and make sure to allow yourselves and others the only gift truly worth something this xmas. And that is to breathe and exhale, relax and enjoy each and every moment.
    Do not suffocate each other or stress yourself out as you try in vain to achieve the perfect holiday, there is no such thing when it comes to the way we celebrate new years eve, winter solstice, xmas or whatever you call it.
    Chasing perfection and meaningless details are what kills that perfect day even before it starts. So just enjoy your day, yourself and each other the way you are.
    Have a good one and now, here is my perfect xmas in the shape of a naughty winter solstice poem ( and moment ) I am calling "There are secrets hiding, in the xmas tree", enjoy the read and the days ahead :).

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