Article first published at Hero Movement
I’m sat writing this on day 10 of self-isolation after a positive COVID-19 test. That’s partly a lie — I’m led in bed. But the virus thing is legit.
I’m fortunate that things have gone well for me. I had some joint pain and digestive stuff in the early days post-diagnosis that was less than ideal, and I was uncertain whether my autoimmune conditions would spice things up at some point. But I’m feeling fine now.
While I’ve largely been in the same room over the past week and a bit, I’m aware that…
When it comes to ‘fitnessing’ and moving our bodies the way we’d like them to move, there’s one attribute that we often look past:
It’s called mobility.
The ability to move our joints through full(ish) range of motion with a degree of control. Think of it as flexibility meets strength.
I’d go as far as saying that so many of those other components of fitness that we hold so dear — lifting heavy stuff, running fast, cycling far — balance precariously on top of the foundation that is mobility.
It’s the bedrock upon which all human performance is built.
Something a little different.
As much as I like the idea, I’m no Shaolin monk.
But meditation has had a big impact on me — mentally and physically. It’s one of those keystone practice that I keep coming back to.
Sometimes I find it gets a little overcomplicated. The guys at Headspace have done an AMAZING job at countering that, and I thought I’d add my own version to the mix:
Love to hear your thoughts!
Originally published at herohealthroom.com on March 29, 2017.
How can I live a more simple life?
A leaner one, with fewer expenses and more freedom?
One that encumbers less stuff and more meaningful experiences?
If you’re reading this article, it figures that you might have had similar thoughts too.
I’m by no means a full-blown minimalist. I wanna be clear on that.
But it is something that I’ve been more mindful of over the past few months. During that time I’ve made small but steady steps to declutter my surroundings, my mental space, and even my business.
And as with…
Definitely not there yet.
But I’m making progress, and enjoying the process — which is the most important thing.
Here are some of the main things I’ve learned so far:
Mental health issues are something we all come across to varying degrees at some point in our lives.
I’m no expert on the topic, but mild bouts of anxiety and low level depression are quite familiar territory for me.
Here are some of the most useful resources I’ve used to help me come to terms with (and to some extent make friends with) the above. I hope they might do the same for you.
A book that apparently was originally written for soldiers, to help them deal with the range of possible mental health issues you might expect after returning…
This article was originally published on Health Room. Click here to see it in it’s original glory (with lots of pretty pictures and section summaries).
You’ve heard all about the benefits of going vegan: cutting down on the meat and dairy, and upping your plant intake.
You’ve read stories about people reversing health conditions and gaining more energy. You know that moving towards a plant based diet would mean plus points on the animal welfare front, and would help cut your carbon footprint too.
There’s just one problem: you’re afraid.
Afraid that if you drop the animal products you’ll become…
This article was originally published on Health Room, by Luke Jones at: http://herohealthroom.com/2015/10/21/healthy-habits-golden-rules/
Back in university when I was struggling with a few health issues, paying attention to my habits allowed me to turn things around and get out of the slump that I found myself in.
It wasn’t easy to start with, but over time I learned about the key habit forming principles that have since allowed me to change my diet, alter the way I train, form a regular meditation practice, chase my dream career, and a load of other stuff in between.
In this post I want…
The martial arts have always been a big part of my life. Tang Soo Do, Muay Thai, Amateur MMA, Judo, BJJ… I’ve been lucky enough to try a whole range of different styles with some great people. I’m certainly no expert; but I’m enjoying the journey.
Aside from the physical benefits: the increased strength, flexibility, endurance, and the ability to defend yourself; if you put in the hard work and dedicate your time, the martial arts can repay you with some valuable life lessons.
Over the 8 years I’ve been training…
This article was originally published by Luke Jones at HERO Movement: Proactive Vs Reactive
We’ve all done it.
Looked through the window to see rain and grey clouds, and decided it’s a miserable day. Been criticised by someone at work or home and consequently felt down for hours afterwards. Watched our sports team win a game and felt on cloud nine for a week.
For better or worse, these are all examples of reactive behaviour, where our feelings depend on the results of external events or processes that we have no control over. …