Protecting Your Mind Space

Part of the reason I turned off comments on this blog is to reduce spam, but most of the reason is to insulate my mind space from distracting information. Brad Pilon summed this up in a recent facebook post beautifully.

Guys and girls as a reminder: It would be greatly appreciated if you would not post links to other people’s blog posts, articles, youtube videos etc on my facebook page. I do my best to not read or view that stuff, and I do it on purpose.

I appreciate and am humbled that you’d like my input or thoughts, but many of these writings are things I’m trying to protect my mind-space from, and I suggest you do the same.

To some extent we all learn and absorb passively, and some of this stuff I simply do not want in my head.

I promise when I find things worthy of writing about I will do my best to get that information to you, but please let me do my best to prioritize that information.

Again, I really appreciate that you value my opinion, but I simply do not have any interest in he said / she said type discussions.

I also see little value in “connecting” as defined by the Internet definition. It waters down relationships, removes context, and (for me anyway) creates the dopamine-fueled hunting drive that can never be satisfied by another click of the mouse on another hyperlink to another rewording of another blog post about another opinion regarding the next magic bullet. I really try and make sure that if I’m posting something that’s not Folly, it comes with references filled with mechanisms and decent science. I’ve got textbooks full of the stuff, believe me.

This is my brand of training and diet advice; if you find use from it, great! If you don’t, good luck on your path! If you want to link me to what someone else says that disagrees me, well I’ve turned off comments for this very reason.

A Saturday Hike

Texas, on the balance, is pretty damn flat. Save for the Big Bend Region, there really aren’t much in the way of mountains like the ones I grew up with in Arizona. That said, Austin is effectively the start of the Hill Country here in Texas where it starts looking like this:

And possibly the most visited area of the hill country is Enchanted Rock, where we went for a hike yesterday:

Enchanted Rock

And a panorama from the top:

Enchanted Panorama

While note quite the majestic hillwalks that my friend Chris often gets chances to do, the point of training, for most of us anyway, is not to achieve some sort of sporting end: it is to make life richer through unique experiences with family and friends. Muscle and strength WILL decline; if you’ve not used it for something other than an end in itself, what was the point?

“Strength Training and the Biomarkers of Aging” video from the 21 Convention

This past summer I presented a talk to the young men of the 21 Convention in which I described how strength training can help expand and retain health through our very finite human lifespan. I felt at the time the talk went well and in viewing it now I still feel this way. Are there things I’d like to do better or correct? Of course but on the whole I think what I was trying to convey was related accurately and effectively. Take a look: