Planet Earth: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”. This is our life in the Anthropocene, today and tomorrow.

 
 

 

Excessive Air Pollution, soil degradation, polluted water, unsustainable energy. Unhealthy food production and sedentary living is damaging life and health of almost every human being
The Science of a healthy life

 

This is a long form article covering our individual and global, planetary health and the way it is all linked together, today and every tomorrow from here until eternity:

WHO, the U.N. health agency revealed September 2016 that 92 percent of the global population now live in areas where human-made air pollution exceeds what WHO consider safe for your health.



All while ever-increasing global temperatures and increasing frequency in weather-related disasters keep making not just daily life but also food production and food security harder for all.
A basic premise and reality which will have to go hand in hand with a growing worldwide population. A population that deserves a healthy and fulfilling life.

But, not only is one in nine deaths worldwide in some way caused by air pollution. Perhaps more importantly, beyond that number, hundreds ( billions actually ) of millions of people are affected in their daily life with various health issues due to human-made pollution and other unhealthy aspects of modern day life of some sort.

So the question should not be 'can we afford to go healthy and sustainable'.




No, instead, the reality already is 'How fast can we go all sustainable and healthy, because we already know that we can not afford to not do it'.

 


We all need thriving food producers and a well-functioning high-tech society.
I do not see how anyone regardless of nationality, political ties, wealth or religious views would ever claim otherwise and still keep a straight face and caring heart.
  
But a thriving food producer and ultra modern society can not be allowed to be an unsustainable food producer/society anymore, the time for that has come and gone. We now need healthy food being produced in a healthy and sustainable way that preserve our water, the air we breathe, the soil we use tomorrow too.

Our food producers and the farms that grow the basis of our food can not be allowed to hurt the very planet and wildlife which provide us with the things we need to live healthy lives tomorrow too. The cost of us having done so for far too long is already much higher than the cost of going green and clean, healthy and sustainable will ever be, and the long term revenue of going green and healthy is far higher than the "profit" of looking the other way like the sheepish, selfish fossil fuel sheep too many proved to be.



Life in the Anthropocene is about us all.

The reality of it is that we are all living together, and as such, we all have to look at the basic truth of what that amount to.
One nation and person can not afford to live in a way that hurts life on planet Earth anymore.




Doing so does not just hurt our bees and trees, it hurts all of us. What is toxic for the mighty white-tailed eagle is toxic for you and me as well. When people like Trump is making far-fetched claims that climate change is a Chinese hoax and others claim that oil never hurt anyone, that is nothing but a selfish view on life, a fabricated selfish view that my health does not matter, a selfish view that their neighbours should pay with their health in order to fill someone else's wallet. Planet Earth, you and me, we can not afford to let Saudi Arabia or Iran or USA or Russia perpetually exploit their oil reserves.

Shale gas can not be fracked just because it will temporarily help someone's profit when we all know that the price to do so is worse health for everybody. 
Fossil fuel driven cars have to be removed from our streets, and coal can not be allowed to power our factories and homes anymore.


Water needs to be a healthy and rejuvenating thing to drink. Our oceans need to be free of pollutants in order for fisheries to produce healthy and sustainable food. Apples have to be a wonder that keeps the doctor away, we can not allow apple orchards to produce tasty looking treats which flood our bodies with unhealthy toxins that actually shorten our life and make us sick.



Making money is wonderful, but food producers and industries need to make their money by taking care of all of us, all of us and planet Earth. And we have to take care of each other.

A healthy person, eating healthy food and keeping active consume less resources, pollutes less, need less health care, racks up less sick days, and get to enjoy more enjoyable days on planet Earth. Help each other make life more.


 
 


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Thus, I conclude, in the middle of this article.







We already know, from the world leader to you, that all of us, as the one global species we are, have to change. Not in the distant future, but right in the now. We have to change today and together.
It´s not about a moral thing towards animals. It is not about religious faith, or being kind to the poor and unknown strangers of our blue marble.

Going green and healthy is not about blue eyed optimistic people that are seemingly living in the day dreaming clouds that float us by.

It is about cold hard facts, science and life on Earth with all the other 10 billion people.
And  the facts are simple, individual health is planetary health and vice versa.

The ones that are avoiding that simple truth are the ones that are daydreaming, and they do so out of selfish greed. They do not care about your wellbeing or their neighbour. They do not even care about your childrens health, what they care about is their own bank account.  







We need to produce more food, and more electricity. We need to provide proper housing, clothes, computers, affordable internet,an equally rich life and a fulfilling sustainable living for more people.


  
We need to do it for a global population that keeps growing older, and we need to provide better health care for more people. Better elderly care, better school and science-based education, better and more affordable gyms and physical activities that foster healthier and happier and more fulfilling lives. No one should be abandoned or force fed fantasies and prejudice. People deserve happy and healthy lives. It´s the only life we got after all and the way to do that is to abide by the simple facts and science that clearly shows us all what we need to do to improve our individual and global health.






We need to globally provide better child care, better jobs that cater to the well-being and health of both those that work and those that do not. We need more green and thriving pasture, clean water, and air.

Safe cities and healthy rural areas et cetera that improve life and health for people instead of diminishing and taking away years of healthy fulfilling living is what is needed all around planet Earth.




The Trillema Index, Global & Sustainable Energy Production

Did you know that right now USA, UK, Germany, and Japan have been added to an international watch list of countries with expected imminent negative changes according to the Trillema index. How can that be? Every nation, corporation and human being need to move forward, not backward. According to the same global index which measures sustainable and clean energy production, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland are the top three nations in the world ( You can as always find the relevant links at the bottom of this article ).



And as we do all this, keep in mind that traditional jobs are actually becoming less plentiful. While far less workers will provide for more people.
There are no fossil fuel jobs in tomorrow's world because we, the human race that is living together on this one planet ( for now ) can not afford to have any fossil fuel jobs in tomorrow's everyday reality.

We can't have overfishing fisheries come tomorrow.
Nor can we have any industries and cities that contribute to any of the issues that are part of the changing climate. We can't have farmers that destroy the very land they farm. Bees are now endangered in parts of the world.

Whales and Tigers too. And we can not allow any nation to continue down that unsustainable and unhealthy, destructive path out of sheer pride and greed. The time is gone for allowing any nation to tuck their head in the sand.

We do not burn midnight oil anymore, the world does not need the blood and oil of whales and slaves to keep the lights turned on at home. We can not keep feeding poor people food that is toxic just because some overfed businessman believe that it is his right to claim ever growing profit and wealth at the expense of other people's actual health and wellbeing.

Any well-functioning society needs those that have to pay their fair taxes. This world can not afford wealthy people and corporations to avoid taxes for years and decades. And yes, producing sustainable things in a sustainable way is another form of taxes that are even more crucial, and no one can be allowed to continue to skip around it.  



In our global world companies can not keep selling phones that burn and explode and dump it all in landfills that are so big they have created entire islands out in sea and city like structures on land. We can not continue to lay waste to entire communities for the next five hundred years just because someone believes that their own profit is more important.



 
The buildings we live in has to be made from sustainable practices, zero energy buildings have to be the only norm. New homes really have to give back to the world, instead of stealing the health of others.



In short.


We need to increase food production by 50% and we need all of it to be from sustainable measures. You deserve healthy milk, not planet destroying milk.
We can not continue to tell the lie that people should eat more meat when science tells us that eating meat hurt people's own health while also being one of the biggest destroyer of this planets only ecosystem, the meat industry has to change. Not because making it change is funny, but because beyond the selfish views of those in the meat industry that refuse to change, the truth is we can not afford to let you eat hamburgers in tomorrow's world.

Vegan hamburgers or artificial hamburgers or insect hamburgers yes, but not red meat hamburgers.







People can not continue to throw away 1.3 billion tons of edible food per year. There simply is not room for that, not from a moral point of view and not from a clinically fact of life view either. 1 Kilo of hamburgers can not continue to use hundreds of liters of water or more during the production.

We can not afford to let the actual health value of our food go to waste because food producers feel that they have to improve the taste by adding unhealthy things such as sugar to our food. What is the point of you buying affordable and tasty food if it shortens your life, increase the risk for diabetes, Alzheimer's, cardiovascular issues and cancer?.

Who exactly wins in that scenario?. You? Me? Your children? No, the answer is that not even the food producer wins by society sticking to an unsustainable and unhealthy way of life. 




So I am sorry to tell you this, but your big ass humvee has to go. So do your coal job. And guess what, people can't be allowed to be homeless. It does not matter if you believe in your selfish point of view that some deserve to be homeless and that they don't count.

Truth is society can't afford homeless people, or for that matter unsustainable people or unhealthy people, every person ending up homeless or starving or living a well-off unsustainable and unhealthy life, or left alone without an income will cost society way more than the same person living a healthy and sustainable life by their own hand or by being properly cared for by society.

And morally, well, morally how can any human being, or society, be considered a decent and evolved person if they allow others to die the slow, degrading death of abandonment and homelessness.

Is that really any way better than the old roman empire and their gladiator entertainment.
No, it is not.

Especially so when you consider that in tomorrow's world, old jobs apply no more.
Not yours and not mine.

The economics and ruthless wastefulness of yesterday have no room on this planet anymore.





Universal income, free health care, real education, free education. Active lives and healthy food, those are the things our entire planet need to adapt. What we need to carve away is the dead weight, the unsustainable. The unhealthy. We do not need to control what unemployed people do, soon most will be unemployed no matter education. Not because they are worthless, but because people will be free to actually live healthy and fulfilling lives, they can poke around in their own garden, train elderly people in the elderly care home. Work out at the gym, train horses, show tourists around in their archipelago, paint, create music, write books, fix homes for others. Teach and train and help others.

What we need in the world is free child care and elderly care so no one will ever wake up to find that they have to give up their own life just to babysit their own elderly parents or that they somehow ended up being a bonus parent for their grandchildren. No one will drive a taxi in our rapidly approaching near future.

Perhaps people will soon not even own their own car. And no, these things are not scary, they are wonderful. Wonderful and positive inevitable changes. Changes that are happening right now.

The climate is changing, and the world is changing too. And it has too because we made it so, well not you and I, but all the narrow-minded, selfish and short sighted generations that came before us, they made this mess, and now we are cleaning it up.





No one will or should have to stand in line for hours upon hours to see a stressed out doctor with no sleep of his own or time on his hand for you.
  
Nor should anyone be refused real education. No one should be told that due to their parents religious choices they can't work, make love or go to school. We are all the same, simple and perfectly imperfect human beings, and we all deserve a much better planet Earth, today and tomorrow.

The best part is as I just said, that we are building just that, and we are all doing it together right in this moment.






From the smart beehives to the quickly moving vertical smart farms, to the transparent windows in tomorrow's Swedish buildings where entire skyscrapers are made of nothing but transparent yet sturdy, well-insulated wood. Entire buildings that are built from 100% sustainable resources, and better still, these buildings are producing their own heat and warmth and energy. We all need real education, and we all need a real, livable income even if the only ones doing "real work" happen to be automated robots and "lucy" like AI.


No one deserves to be called fat and ugly and doomed for life due to who they where born as.
Genetics do not define anyone. Neither do your race or name, the color of your skin or your parents or gender.

No one has to live outside society.
And no one deserves to breath toxic air and swim in the filth and shit of others.

And no one has to endure any of those things. Life is beautiful, and it is our mutual, global thing. The way you live travel around the world like a butterfly, it affects my life and my health, and when I grow strawberries without pesticides in my bee and butterfly friendly garden, it improves life for you too.


  

When I pick wild berries in my garden instead of buying it from the grocery store, it improves not just my health, but yours as well. When my house produces clean energy all year round instead of sucking up dirty coal energy from Germany I help improve life and health and the air and waters, the frigging soil across our gorgeous planet.

Say no to coal, oil, fracking, fossil fuel driven cars.
Say no to unhealthy, life destroying food and farmers.

If for nothing else the basic fact that come tomorrow, all those things will be gone anyway, because even if you do not understand why people can't continue to eat polluting and unhealthy meat or drive larger than life cars that suck the life out of everyone around them, facts are, that is how it is, and life on planet Earth is finally changing because there are now enough people that do understand that it all has to change.

It´s just science and facts of life baby. So join the train and help make the world better even quicker. I promise it will feel much better that way for you too.







music of the day while you are reading our article
The clouds prepare for battle by Swallow the sun












 

The Winding down, final words.







While you do these things, while you learn to say no to the Trump lords of the world and to say yes to sustainable energy and community improving vertical food farms..

Remember that small steps count too. Eat healthier on a daily basis, walk. Lift weights. Do yoga and dance. Health breed health, and taking care of your body is you taking care of your mind and the entire planet as well. It is, after, all a physical part of your body and all our lives, not some isolated void. Healthy living, fit people that make daily choices based on sustainable and individual health will consume a boat load of less resources during their life compared to the exact same person living a sedentary, unhealthy and unsustainable life.

Health gives health, individual health is tied to our planetary health and it swings the other way around as well. 

Make healthy choices for your own health, because your health is tied to my health, and we are all connected to this planet and everybody else living on it. People, animals, trees, and plants, oceans and mountains, the air we breathe. 


Make healthy choices because individual health is planetary health and vice versa, and life is your art, and it is mine. And life in the Anthropocene is not a gloomy swan song for humanity, it is, in fact, all our mutual story of how we finally had matured enough to start treating each other and our planet with the respect we all deserve and need. And that is how humanity finally started to live truly healthy and happy fulfilling individual lives.


Eating way less meat is without a doubt the easiest and healthiest choice you can make for you and our shared planet. No need to cut it all out, but cut it down to one day per week perhaps?. And when you do eat meat, choose eco-friendly products from farmers with free walking animals, such as chicken. I promise, chicken is way healthier to eat than red meat, and it wastes a lot less resources, with far less soil degradation and planetary destruction.


Skip all sugar.

Sugar can not be considered healthy and beneficial carbohydrates, if anything you should view it as something that will hurt and diminish your body and health, from your mind to your heart, body fat and diabetes, teeth and longevity.

So buy sugar-free yogurt. Buy organic eggs.

Eat fruit and berries, eat potatoes. Buy local food!. Buy modern food, such as veggies and greens and whole grains from sustainable, vertical farms which do not need pesticides and toxins, farms that do not ruin our incredibly rare soil.

Buy clean energy. Build healthy homes and healthy lives.

Take a walk outdoors on a daily basis and drag someone else with you.
Skip the plastic bags at the grocery store. Skip the candy, the wasteful and unhealthy coca cola. And if you have healthy water flowing in your tap water, drink that and let the incredibly overpriced and unhealthy and unsustainable water on a bottle industry languish like a desert drought. Eat fruit and greens, plant berries and wildflowers at home.




Improved health for you today is a longer and healthier and more fun and fulfilling rest of your life, and a healthier life for you is a healthier and richer society for us all, embrace that simple truth. Be the change, individually and globally, help yourself and the rest of the world to reach that better and far healthier and fulfilling future Earth, your actions count, because you matter as much as I do.





the trees, that dream of your name



These trees that stand, here, on this hill
They sometimes crave your delighted mind, as they dream
Of far away mountains
In this night of dreams, and somewhat painted fools


Rain, soon a torrent stir
Amongst their roots, can you still
remember, all that water?


Like an echo far out at sea
The mud that travels on the wings
Of bumblebees


There they stand
The trees that whisper
Your name, in the night and sea

 
















 







 

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

  • Fitness school, question 39: Telomeres, the fancy sounding tail that connects healthy fit aging with fitness activities. Dive right in as we take a look at recent studies.

    Quality time needed: 13 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
    But such is the world of fitness, science, and health, it often revisits old "truths" and sometimes upends them because our knowledge has deepened, while new studies at other times will simply fortify and acknowledge what we already knew to be true.
    So what will happen today as we travel back to the world of that peachy sounding telomeres thingy that keeps wiggling its cute little tail inside of us? Let us find out.
    My Question:.
    For this particular study, published in European Heart Journal, Nov 2018, we´ll uncover what happens to the length of our telomeres when we do long distance endurance training, high-intensity sprint intervals, nothing at all or lift weights in a so-so way in the gym ( yeah, color me unimpressed by the strength plan in this study, but hold on to that thought as you read on because I will get back to the fairly inadequate strength training and why that too matters. ).
    The question, which option is the best for maintaining the length of our telomeres and what is the worst?.

  • Anthropocene & the survival of our brilliant but simpleminded species. Just another morning.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Breakfast stuff and morning thoughts.

    climate inaction is an existential threat.



    Nothing fancy or big worded to say today, I am just drinking some tasty fresh black coffee while various death metal songs keep pumping through my livingroom gear.
    Yes, what a glorious morning :).
    But while I am enjoying my morning routine, getting ready for the gym and my own workouts as well as the health and fitness regimes of today's PT clients I am also reading up on science and sustainability from around the world. And one of the pieces that stand out is a tonally laid-back piece by Swedish outlet DN. They spent the better part of a month or so following Swedish sustainability advocate Greta as she continues her quest to bring much-needed awareness to the sad state of the world and the essential, deep-rooted changes we as a species and global civilization urgently need to undertake.

  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Our previous question was fairly straightforward, so for this one, we are dusting off the more complex stuff. In other words, put on your thinking cap before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But let us get down and dirty with some actual numbers and perhaps give you cold hard inspiration to just keep going with your daily health and fitness choices because even the impact of what might seem like a tiny little daily thing is profoundly big over time in a long range of ways.
    My Question:.
    What happens with the lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

    Quality time needed: 27 minutes


    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • The anatomy and fitness function of our gorgeous human ass ( The mighty three we call the Gluteus ).

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    The gorgeous strength of Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your lifelong guide.



    Fitness is as wonderful for your health as it is for landing you a more sculpted and capable body over time.
    But that will never change that even fit people (quite a lot of them) are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Case in point the fit and good looking girl you can see in the IG video I am linking to, she obviously trains hard and regular while being in great shape, and she does know quite a few things about the body and the science of staying healthy and fit.
    Which is wonderful on all counts.
    But like so many other gym goers she is seemingly misinformed about a few things too ( on the other hand, so are we all :P ). Allowing wrongful information and knowledge to shape her choices and the choices of other people that gulps up everything we fit people believe to be true. However, if you are willing to listen to it the beautiful science of health and fitness will guide you towards a better body and better health and better workouts if you pay attention to real fitness science instead of personal opinions. You see, there is nothing wrong with the exercises she is doing. But outside of the wonderful world of human anatomy, there is no such thing as an upper or lower butt muscle as far as your exterior appearance goes, nor is there a meaningful difference as far as your practical fitness capacity and workout goes.

    Click through and let us talk about Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • 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.

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    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'.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    And how life in the Anthropocene is the tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Healthy living is nothing but the science of life.



    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.

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    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?

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    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.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    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.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    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?.

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