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

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.

[ Oceans run the risk of having more total weight of plastic than fish.]

That very road is also why we have things such as our own fitness, planet, and health friendly 'Vegetarian Paleo' food recipes and nutritional advice being put to good use day in and day out by ourselves and our PT clients. And it is why the WWF just decided to launch another wonderful food direction called 'One Planet Plate' where each person and municipality will end up eating nutritious food that also happens to be sustainable enough that one single planet can actually feed us all. ( And as it happens, our Scandinavian.Fitness Vegetarian Paleo recipes are all well within the One Planet Plate sustainable recommendations, just tailored to provide all the nutrition healthy fit living people need in order to stay or become even more fit and healthy ).

That road ahead is also why we are seeing the world move from fossil fuel powered vehicles to more sustainable options, such as electric vehicles. It is why we are seeing green and clean energy slaying fossil fuel dragons on an endless battlefield, day in and day out.

And all of this is nothing but good things, happening for the same wonderful and beneficial reasons.
But we also have people still walking down the wrong road ahead.
We have a certain administration opening up elephant trophy hunting imports again ( while China just closed all its domestic trade and import ), we have stubborn folks refusing to see the harm in fossil fuels and modern-day pollutions, we have the same folks refusing to see the economic benefit of a healthier and more sustainable world and people.
And the same folks just do not want to see the individual tragedy of all the folks that suffer in a world that does not cater to health and sustainability, they do not see or want to hear about the 9 million people that die each year due to modern day pollutions, and they do not want to see the connection between diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's and other serious health issues and modern day pollution and bad food and sedentary choices. The economy they refer too when they feverishly talk about the cost of going green only seem to matter to these folks if the numbers are all about their own selfish fossil fuel loving purse and not actually involving the purse and incredibly decstructive cost of every human being on this planet.

But that selfish minority that keeps their head stubbornly entrenched deep in the sand does not change that more and more people are picking the road that leads us towards a healthier and more sustainable world.
So for today, help a few more people pick the healthier road ahead because that is something we all need, to influence more people and commercial entities to make better choices.
We need it for the planet and for our very own health and wellbeing. And they need it for their own health, wellbeing and future economy even when they are too blind to see it.

[ from the trenches in the year 2018.]

And in that spirit, let us point out that Earth hour is happening right now.
And yes, I get it, Earth Hour might seem like a superficial hour, a worthless speck in an infinite ocean of unhealthy choices and people and entities that just do not see or understand how they are suffocating you and the entire planet, every living breathing human being, and all the other animals too with which we share this singular planet with.
And in some ways, you could absolutely be apologized for thinking so. But hey, wake up, reality is this.
You have one singular life to live. And no matter how worthless and blind you live it, you still have to live it, so when you think about it when you truly think about it.
What is the point in wasting life away not accepting reality and not enjoying life to its fullest, in the happiest and most wonderfully healthy way there is.
Yes, there, now you get it. not living your own life in a way that you are enjoying is meaningless. As is trying to prevent life from being the brightest and most deliciously healthy it can be for everybody else too. So start making better choices, because nobody ever loses when we do life like that.

And that is what Earth Hour is truly about, making life better.
So yes, in comparison to that gigantic yarn of lingering issues and oblivious disregard for common sense Earth hour might seem like a meaningless act of futility without any real-life impact whatsoever.

But Earth Hour is also infinitely more valuable than its singular moment of 60 minutes stringed together into one global hour of awareness.
Because beneath the surface, Earth Hour represents a real-life water mill, a global water mill which dips deep down into our connected worlds every single cell, and it powers a real shift in knowledge and capacity and will.
For you see, Earth Hour is just the real-life manifestation that we have already changed course.
Humanity that is. We are in many ways uneducated infants, still learning the ropes of progress, science, and evolution in this vast Universe that we happen to inhabit.
We are also a near-sighted species made up of selfish and flawed beings.
Blind and reckless and self-destructive even.

But we are also adapting, evolving, and learning.
We are compassionate and intelligent. And while the human race at times takes an awfully long time to see the errors of its ways, and while plenty of folks spend unhealthy amounts of time doing bad choices and believing in fairy tales while they refuse to see life for what it is.
Truth is that more and more people, governments and corporations do see, and we do understand the urgent need to transform our way of life on this entire planet.

So, Earth Hour will only ever be a superficial and meaningless and empty gesture inside the luminous space of your own mind if you think it is.
And even then it will never lack real meaning, except in the flawed way that you see the world.
Because for all its fault and for all the dire needs and the incredibly challenging position we have put ourselves, and the entire planet in we are moving towards a healthier Planet Earth and a healthier and more caring way of being homo sapiens.

And as such, the only meaningless thought and gesture is to refuse to see the good that Earth Hour does and to refuse to do better and be better in the way that you do life.
A few numbers for you to take with you. As you pick up better habits, eat less meat, pollute less, work out more in the gym and contribute more towards a truly better planet.

70% of all the water that we humans consume every single year is used up by our agriculture ( Our farmers are using it to grow the wrong kind of food in very insufficient ways that is ).
The very same farmers and food producers also end up being the ones that pollute that precious and far too rare drinking water together with our lakes and oceans for everybody else in ways and a destructive amount that no other industry even comes close to.

All while we all contribute towards the plastic pollution which is now a permanent and plentiful addition to the air we breathe, the water we drink, the water we swim in, the fish we eat and the salt we use.
We have plastic islands in our global waterways, which outdo the entire US Texas state in sheer size.
And sadly, those ludicrous islands of man-made garbage are picking up the pace, growing their destructive net of plastic pollution even quicker.

All while homeless people are increasing in sheer numbers by hundreds of %.
Homeless people which die on average 30 years quicker than other Europeans.

Our planet now provides for more obese people than malnourished.
Yet, most eat like shit. Picking resource hungry food like meat despite the fact that our planet can not cope with this many people eating this much meat.
Ignoring not just the environmental impact and the destruction of our entire planet that eating too much meat and other resource hungry food products causes, but they are also ignoring the negative health impact on their own and others health.
There is the increase in diabetes and cancer that indulging in too much meat and unhealthy food, in general, give cause too.
But there is also the unsustainable and incredibly destructive way that our meat and farm industry is harming our entire planet.

In Europe agriculture now lay claim to 45% of Europe's entire land mass.
And the massive resources and land mass which is being used to fuel our addiction to crappy food and unsustainable farm production is a direct cause to insurmountable loss of wildlife across all of Europe, such as a 55% decline of farmland birds, as well as water shortages across the entire world and massive amounts of pollution in land, air and water.
Farm pesticide usage is linked to a 70% decline in flying insects last few decades and is now, in turn, linked to this catastrophic decline in European birds.
One scientist described this as the beginning of a second silent spring.
As for the first one?. Ecologist Rachel Carson once described the slump in birds in the 1960s as a silent spring, and that too was caused by pesticides. And would you guess it?. Pesticide usage is not declining around the world, it´s actually increasing because farmers love it and the way it harms our planet and your health, well they do not seem to care about that.
Almost like if people just can not connect the dotted line between cause and consequence.

And while we pollute our world to hell and back, and while we all can see and read about it, and while plenty of reports talk about water shortages around our world, and while we continue to eat more meat and our farmers continue to make use of 70% of our entire water usage, people are making the situation even worse by buying bottled water like there is no tomorrow. Why?
Why I ask, because the water is not free from plastic particle pollution, it is not healthier or more affordable. It´s plain shit and utterly unsustainable. And in fact, that bottled water, its made from the same water resources that people should get from their own tap water.

And that "great pacific garbage island" made of litter and pollution we dump in the seas. Just one of those floating garbage islands is now measured to be made up of 79,000 tons of plastic.
Measuring about 620,000 miles² in size. Which makes it twice as big as the entire state of Texas over in USA.

And in case you are wondering why you should care about any of this?.
Well, according to UN water shortages will most likely affect 5 billion people by 2050.
Around the same time as we are predicting that we will have more plastic mass in our seas than actual fish.
Other facts are.
Around two-thirds of forests and wetlands have been lost or severely degraded since the early 20th century. All while the essential land soil we need for our own farm production and the entire planet need for maintaining this global ecosystem which we all depend on is eroding and deteriorating in quality.

And in Europe the remaining biodiverse and rich ancient forests are under ongoing threat from profit-hungry corporations that prefer cutting them down instead of preserving what little wildlife and precious natural biodiversity we have left. And in the last 30 years, water pollution has worsened in virtually all rivers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

And yet, I am sure you will continue to eat steak and hamburgers tomorrow, even tho it does not provide any nutritious benefits over plant-based protein.
Nor does it provide your health with any advantages, unless you consider an increase in diabetes and cancer risk a nice benefit.
Granted, we do get creatine and B12 and iron from meat. But creatine is cheap to buy as a supplement and B12 and Iron is not hard to get if you pay attention to your food.
And perhaps, if you do not care about your own health, knowing that your meat burger will need 2000L more water for its production than a proper vegan burger without providing any nutritious advantage can help tip the scale towards a healthier food choice come tomorrow.
Or something else will.

If not, that is okay too, because more and more people are tuning into the one reality we are all sharing, and those that do, we are changing this entire world, making it into something far more healthy.
And if you are not onboard that train, you will just have to live with the fact that you are absolutely making life on this planet hell of a lot worse than it should be, for yourself and everybody else too.
Quote “In the face of accelerated consumption, increasing environmental degradation and the multi-faceted impacts of climate change, we clearly need new ways to manage competing demands on our freshwater resources."
UN, Gilbert Houngbo, the chair of UN Water from the 2018, World Water Development Report.

And that is why Earth Hour not only matters every second of every day, but it is also our brand new everyday reality for all of us.
And unlike the well-ingrained fairy tales society like to tell each other, this is one reality you can not put your head in the sand and hide from. All you can do is to either make things worse or decide to help out by actually living a healthier and more fit life, because doing so is not just good for your own health and well-being, it will also make you much less of a polluting resource hog, which is not a personal opinion or an emotionally loaded phrase, it´s just a simple fact.
A simple fact which you can either accept or refuse to acknowledge while you continue making things worse for everybody else by ignoring the simple reality we are all sharing, the same way Donald Trump and his cohorts are doing across the world. Either way, at the end of it all, we are still changing the world for the better no matter how bumpy the road ahead will be.

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  • Över skog och mark, järn & gym, och mylla. Den biologiska mångfaldens dag 2021.

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    A sustainable society makes for healthier & happier nature, and people.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Pressmeddelande 2021-05-12
    Den biologiska mångfaldens dag firas i Höga Kusten.

    En av Sveriges största naturhögtider går in på sitt femte år. Det blir återigen ett annorlunda firande av Biologiska mångfaldens dag 22 maj i år på grund av coronapandemin. Med anpassningar och digitala aktiviteter skapar Sveriges naturföreningar ett späckat program med allt från uppvisningar av vackra naturområden till tips om hur du gynnar biologisk mångfald i din trädgård. I Örnsköldvik, Höga Kusten arrangerar Scandinavian.fitness återigen ett bmfdag evenemang, för året så blir det i form av ett lokalt mini Styrka Camp på gym och i natur den 22 Maj.

    – Det är femte året i rad som Natursverige satsar på att uppmärksamma Biologiska mångfaldens dag och det tredje året som Scandinavian.fitness deltar.
    Återigen visas det prov på stor entusiasm och kreativitet. Det ordnas allt från träning i naturen och tipsrundor till omfattande inventeringar av arter och webbinarier. Det finns också goda möjligheter att fira dagen på egen hand eller med sina närmaste, säger Erik Hansson, projektledare för Biologiska mångfaldens dag-initiativet.

  • Fitness school, question 53: Let us talk about nonalcoholic fatty liver & cancer risk..

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    A daily 20 minute walk outside essentially showers you in health promoting daylight.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 53 in our Scandinavian.fitness School.
    And today it's time for a short, and to-the-point, and focused Fitness school question.
    Just because, sometimes, all that we need is something short & wickedly sweet :).

    Drum roll, the lifestyle-based nonalcoholic fatty liver is pretty much as bad for us homo sapiens as its name suggests. But will it also increase your cancer risk?

  • Fitness school, question 52: The female menstrual cycle is a white water raft of hormonal changes over many days. But which ones jump up and down and what correlation might there be with stress?.

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    Enjoy a daily 20 minute walk and shower yourself in essential, health promoting daylight.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 52 in our Scandinavian.fitness School.
    Health & fitness is created and maintained together. Feeding each other in this enduring, lifelong symbiosis no matter if our focus is our muscles strength, our heart health, cellular health, biological age, or the amount and size of our skeletal muscle mass,. Joint health and bone mass, hormonal functions, cardiovascular health, body fat levels, gut health, and even our brain are all intricately linked together.

    Fitness & health, body, and mind remain a perpetual cause and consequence system, where each individual aspect within our bodies affects and in turn, gets affected by all of the others in various degrees.

    In truth, a myriad of functions, which, individually, and as a whole, in turn, are shaped through our daily choices. Our surroundings, the type of food we eat, its nutrients, and the amount of those nutrients and their combined total.

    Environmental pollution, physical activity, sleep, relations, job, society, stress, et cetera.

    All combined, this is what determines the trajectory of our health and our fitness.

    And the menstrual cycle is, of course, no exception to this at all.
    Its impact on the female body and our highly influential hormonal system are in fact, very big. And as such, it is a highly relevant topic for any female that is aspiring to live a fact-based healthy fit life.

    But which hormones get affected the most during the menstrual cycle?. And how might stress tie into it?. If at all.

    Read on beyond the break for fitness school question number 52.

  • Fitness school, question 51: Potatoes versus rice. Two healthy food staples in any healthy fit lifestyle. But, what more is there beyond their nutritional makeup, and why should you care?

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    We are choosing the direction of our fitness and health through our daily choices.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 51 in our Scandinavian.fitness School.
    Real Fitness progression requires, as well as creates injury free progression in health, especially, long term speaking.
    Likewise, making healthy food choices is just as important for health as it is for our fitness progression.

    But is healthy food habits really just about the nutrition our food constitutes and the health & fitness impact that nutrition carries with it?

    Some will say that this is all there is to our food choices, and plenty of good nutritional coaches do treat food and nutrition just like that. And that is an ok choice to do. Ok, but also lackluster in its view on the scientific ecosystem that is food and health, people and planet. Yes, as a personal trainer, and nutritional coach and Styrka Master coach mysef, I can not agree at all with that narrow, and incomplete view on health, nutrition and fitness.

    You see, eating healthy food is a staple in our personal fitness, and health, that is a given.
    The nutritional make up of our food choices is a major pillar in human health and fitness, just as important as the amount of food which we are consuming. But a truly healthy fit life also account for the scientific impact of our choices on our planets health.

    After all, if our personal food and lifestyle choices contribute to breaking the health of our entire planet, then we are unavoidably going to harm the health of ourselves since a healthy, sustainable society and planet is essential to the life long health and fitness progression of us all. As individuals, and a society.

    Hence todays question pitting good ol potatoes vs rice and the amount of water, and climate, and planetary impact these 2 healthy food staples causes. And just why 'small' stuff like this should matter to you.

    So read on beyond the break for the complete question and the correct answer.

  • Fitness school, question 50: Can we see some sort of health impact betweeen obesity and corona?. Updated May 2021

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    The direction of your fitness capacity is made through your daily choices.
    What is the science based outcome of your daily life choices?.

    Question number 50 in our Scandinavian.fitness School here at 'a Norse View'.
    An abundance of body fat sadly does not help with improving many health and fitness metrics in life for us mere mortals.
    But, how about Corona?

    Will bigger levels of body fat lower your risk of dying from Corona, or will it increase your health risk?

    Well, we can not scientifically deduct every little thing with 100% certainty as far as Covid-19 goes right now. It is still a situation that is too recent, and adaptive to conclude some things with absolute certainty.

    We can however start to see some clear trajectories emerging when it comes down to higher body fat levels, and Corona.

    So read on beyond the break and let us take a look at corona and the probable correlation with our body fat levels.

  • Fitness school, question 49: Is a reduction of inflammation in our bodies one aspect of the many wonderful health improving outcomes of regular fitness?

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    Health is shaped and molded through your daily choices.
    Do you know the scientific outcome of your daily life?.

    Question number 49 in our Scandinavian.fitness School here at 'a Norse View'.
    Physical activity & fitness exercise of various levels, intensity, and volume improve many aspects of our human health. Including a highly beneficial effect on musculoskeletal health no matter gender or age.
    Other factors include improving our metabolic and cognitive health & functions.

    As a result, regular life long fitness.....
    Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.. Diabetes, and several types of cancer.

    Greatly reduced osteoporosis as well as depression and improved volume and capacity of our physical gray matter mass, are other areas of our life long health that benefit substantially from daily physical activity and regular fitness.
    But, will intense regular fitness exercise also reduce inflammation throughout our bodies?....
    Because if so, that would provide huge health benefits all by itself. Simply put, less inflammation in our bodies reduces heart health risk and the onset of cognitive decline and biological aging amongst other things.

    So read on beyond the break and let us take a look at how intense fitness might reduce inflammation too.

  • Fitness school, question 48.. Smoking kills millions of people every year, and harm hundreds of millions more.. But can the body recover from damaged lungs if you stop smoking?..

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    Health is shaped and molded through your daily choices.
    Do you know the scientific outcome of your daily life?.

    Question number 48 in Scandinavian.fitness School of Fitness here at 'a Norse View'.
    Most of the time our fitness school questions revolve around the scientific impact of your fitness and or food choices.
    But every now and then we dip our toes into the wider ecosystem of things that carry with them a huge impact on our individual health, such as air pollution. Because a truly healthy life has to consider all aspects of our lifestyles.
    One area of "air pollution" is smoking. Not only do non smokers hurt their health due to others unhealthy smoking habits. But the smokers themselves harm their own health in even greater strides.

    So much so that Tobacco smoking is perhaps the biggest single influencer on a human beings mutational burden, usually adding anywhere between 1,000 to 10,000 mutations per cell inside of the human body. In the end, being a major driver of various cancer forms and fatally damaged lungs. But, the human body is amazing at recovering from almost all forms of injuries and health issues once we start making healthier choices a regular thing.

    And now, a brand new 2020 study is shining light on just how well a typical smokers damaged lungs will recover once that smoker chooses to stop their unhealthy smoking habits.

    So read on beyond the break and let us dig deeper into the health impact of smoking and just how good our human lungs might recover once a person decides to end their self harming habit.

  • Fitness school, question 47.. Can we still make the fact based claim that the core temperature of the modern day human body is 37c on average?... Or has this well established scientific fact actually changed in the last 100 years?.

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 47 in our School of Fitness.
    Interestingly enough we actually uncover new scientific facts about the human body every single day.
    Things we thought we knew sometimes become nothing more than the incorrect truth of yesterday. All while we continually prove that life and nature, and biology itself is endlessly progressive and changing.
    So for today, I would like to know if we can still make the fact-based claim that the core temperature of the modern-day human body is still 37c on average?...
    Or has this well established scientific fact actually changed in the last 100 years?.

    Read on beyond the break and dig deeper into our fitness school question before you pony up the right answer.

  • The scientific correlation between our food choices environmental impact and bad human health.

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    Fitness is a science driven journey.
    And so is sustainability.

    So let us get it out of the way right away.
    Poor food choices remain a leading worldwide cause of mortality and bad health. But, poor food choices doesn't just harm our own health and longevity, bad food choices and the production that is needed to create the lackluster food that so many bases their entire food life on causes huge, unnecessary environmental degradation as well.

    So much so that the much needed (read essential to do) UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement is virtually impossible to fulfill unless we, as a global species make the switch to healthier, plant-based food choices.
    This article will display how different food groups directly connect 5 health outcomes and 5 aspects of environmental degradation with each other.

  • Fitness school, question 46.. Can we make the fact based claim that visceral adipose mass is associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia? Yes or no?.

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 46 in our School of Fitness.
    Is it true that visceral adipose mass is associated with increased risk of hypertension, heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes, and hyperlipidemia?.
    And just exactly what is visceral adipose mass?

    Read on beyond the break and dig deeper into our fitness school question before you pony up the right answer.

  • Fitness school, question 45: Will increased or maintained fitness rejuvenate & improve hippocampal activity beyond 60 years of age?

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    Health is made from your daily choices.
    Do you know the answer to our question?.

    Question number 45 in our School of Fitness.
    Most people know by now that healthy fit choices in the gym and the forest trail, at home and in daily life are nothing but a ticket towards increased health and life span, in body and mind.
    But, the health of our biological system is made up of near-endless processes and aspects. And that certainly applies to the state of our brain. Hence today's focus on our brains hippocampal capacity and health.

    Read on beyond the break and dig deep down in our fitness school question.

  • Available Fine Art & Lifestyle products. Art, design and photography by M & M. Our products are produced and sold by #Society6.

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    Your life is your on going art and history
    Contemporary art & products for a healthy fit life and planet.

    Each of us is the mere sum of our unique life choices, our thoughts, and way.
    Be it in person, or through the way we shape life around us. This uniqueness is evident even in our own persona, our style and life choices that takes place on this endless every day path that we call life.It is as such, ever-present in the way we build and shape the castle and life which we call our home.
    You can feel and see it, in the choices of your clothes, and other peoples fitness regime.
    It is persistent through our art choices and the way we train and live our very own healthy fit life.

    It is forever present inside our deeply individual thoughts, and it is perpetually stamped in the essence of our unique nature. Read on beyond the break and step into our lifestyle store where you can buy clothes and fine art and other lifestyle products, with art, design and photography by M & M.

  • Fitness school, question 44: What is the actual weight of one cm3 lean muscle mass, and will that weight per cm3 be able to also differ ever so minuscule between fit people and out of shape people (generally speaking that is).

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    A healthy life is a daily process created by making healthy science based choices.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 44 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short and sweet little one.
    As stated in the subject line, lean muscle mass has another weight/density ratio than fat, so a body mass that is made up of more fat and less lean muscle mass will display a bigger mass at a lower body weight, while a body that has a greater amount of lean muscle mass will actually have a higher body weight compared to what its body mass might make you believe.

    Read on beyond the break and dwell deeper down into today's fitness school question.

  • Pressmeddelande: Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019 tar en tur i naturen för en stund med naturfoto och fitness prat i Höga Kusten.

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    a Norse View & Scandinavian.fitness.
    Biologiska mångfaldens dag 2019, Höga Kusten, Sverige.

    Humlesafari, fladdermuslyssning, fjärilsbingo, krypletning och fågelvandring – den 22 maj uppmärksammas den internationella FN-dagen Biologiska mångfaldens dag med en mängd olika evenemang runt om i Sverige.

    Den årligen återkommande bmf dagen är numera en av Sveriges största naturhögtider och 2019 arrangerar naturorganisationer, kommuner, skolor, myndigheter,företag och privatpersoner över 200 aktiviteter runt om i landet, från Kiruna i norr till Ystad i söder. Det görs både för att visa upp vår artrika natur och för att uppmärksamma en av vår tids stora ödesfrågor – den oroväckande snabba förlusten av biologisk mångfald.

    I Höga Kusten arrangerar Mike från a Norse View och Scandinavian.fitness en dagstur ut i naturen där vi blandar naturfoto i en vacker insjömiljö och faktabaserat prat om kost, träning och hälsa.

  • Fitness school, question 42: Will maintained fitness reduce menstrual pain for the majority of women?

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    Fitness is built upon the science of you.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 42 in our School of Fitness.
    Fitness has been established in scientific studies in the last few years as a health-improving daily life painkiller.
    Making it even better is the fact that it comes completely free of cost and nerve-wracking & time-consuming doctors appointment and unhealthy side-effects. Lowering pain and debilitating health issues such as arthritis while fortifying your lifespan and health.

    But is that tremendous gratis painkiller effect applicable to menstrual pain too?.

  • Wildlife Facts: Camelopardalis, 'The camel that could have been a leopard'.. What animal am I talking about right now?

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     Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    The camel that could have been a leopard.


    One of planet Earth´s most unique land-living animals still roaming about in the wild also happens to be one of the cutest and most enchanting, and gentle colossuses that have ever existed. Yet, somehow, despite the towering size and unique characteristics of these majestic critters they are also one of the lesser talked about wildlife stars. And so it happens that by now they are like so many other species highly endangered without anyone really paying attention.

    But perhaps that is the reward that life gave these majestic beings that float across the land they call home as if they are majestic land dwelling whales. A backseat in the human consciousness as we proceeded to decimate their global population with 40 or so % in less than 30 years.

  • Fitness school, question 41: The science of our human fitness anatomy. Scalenus Anterior, medius and posterior.

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    Fitness is built upon your own anatomy.
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 41 in our School of Fitness.
    Beneath the tasty, delicious joy and sexiness of a life built on plant-based food and fitness, the weights you lift, the miles you walk and run. The mountains you climb, and the sandbags you punch and kick there is not just a burning passion and increased life quality. Nor is it just a question of the enhanced health and joy you can touch and feel deep inside both body & mind.
    No, there is also this marvelously progressive thing called science. Because all the physical fitness things, the sweat and healthy living discipline that others see are ultimately powered by the all-encompassing facts of biological life.

  • Fitness school, question 40: The science of sugar and intestine tumors... In both mice & men.

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    Yet another study on food & health.

    Looking at the impact of sugar in food and beverages.

    Sugar is a much beloved sweetener. Craved like a lovers touch by most biological beings that dare to ever look into the abyss and allow its tastebuds to grace this natural force of addiction.

    But as much as all things living seemingly enjoy the taste of sugar and more modern artificial sweeteners. Scientifically speaking the bad health impact of sugar ( from obesity to diabetes and cancer risk, poor dental health and non existing nutritional value ) and other sweeteners have thankfully turned countless of humans into die hard "no sugar" please sentinels. So let us take a brief look at a brand new 2019 study and let us find out if this study too will add even more reasons to say no to sugar and other sweeteners in your food and beverages.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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?.

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    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?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.

    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, it is once again time for you to put your thinking cap on before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders and science :).
    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 scientifically speaking 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 even small ordinary things like taking a daily walk carries with it a huge life long health and fitness impact.

    My Question:.
    What happens with our skeletal 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?.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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