We Fucked Up A Long Time Ago

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The World Wide Fund for Nature and The Zoological Society of London have been studying and plotting animal populations since the 1970s. The report their findings in The Living Planet Report. The news is not good. Our wildlife populations worldwide have halved since 1970.

in less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half

We may already have crossed “Planetary Boundaires” that could lead to abrupt or irreversible environmental changes

We fucked up a long time ago.

Over 60 and Fitter than you

See that bloke swinging like Spiderman at 00:13? He’s 67.

Despite rampant cigarette smoking, suffocating pollution and some ghastly food-safety scandals, China compares favorably with other upper middle income countries on life expectancy

And look at that jump rope game in the middle of the video – doesn’t that make you want to embrace your inner child, leap up and start moving? What these oldsters have going for them is an active social life and some daily exercise. Absent are the iPods, the pristine indoor gyms, the exercise bikes with headphones plugged in and scenery playing on personal tvs.

This is wheelie wheelie good

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The hamster wheel desk

We sit too much. We sit far too much. In fact, the amount of sitting we do can have a severe impact on our health. Standing a bit more, on the other hand, can help a multitude of problems; standing on one leg can help reduce insomnia, for example and standing can reduce the risk of heart disease as well.

With that in mind, more progressive office workers have begun experimenting with standing desks. Some have hooked up treadmills and created walking desks, because walking around burns even more calories and if you can get some gentle exercise while you work, well, what a bonus. A natural extension of that is the hamster wheel desk…you can look at it two ways – the endless circular walkway could represent the endless rat race or perhaps if you are more positive, it could represent the circle of life. Either way, it’s fairly ingenious, if a little peculiar. Your office mates might laugh at you, but you’ll be healthier for it.

Now, if only we could do some yoga at our desks…

Yoga and the Pugilistic Offensive Warrior Tactics

Yoga and Mixed Martial Art might seem like uneasy bedfellows, but the combination of these two, almost polar opposite arts is being used to help army veterans adjust to civilian life post deployment in a program called Pugilistic Offensive Warrior Tactics or P.O.W for short.

It is interesting to see how yoga and martial arts are being used as a form of group therapy here, and the mission of the P.O.W program is to

directly addresses common but potentially devastating service-related challenges including the need for stimulus, structure and peer support as well as relief from social anxiety, isolation and many symptoms of PTSD

One of the toughest martial arts (and the art that kicked off the often brutal Ultimate Fighting Competition), Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, has a rich history with yoga. Many BJJ players these days supplement their grappling training with yoga to help with flexibility and general body awareness and strength. The legendary Rickson Gracie can be seen doing yoga in the documentary Choke that profiled his Vale Tudo title defense in Japan.

Listening to some of the guys on the video, it’s fantastic to hear them talking about yoga and how they’ve been taking it back into their daily lives

the biggest gift that yoga has given me is being able to focus on right now and not be hung up on the past and not be stressed out about the future