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Sleep a lot, and consider monitoring your sleep to work out the rough spots with gear such as the Zeo Sleep Manager. We all know that life intrudes on sleep, but the idea is to maximize your sleep when you have the opportunity. Go to bed early (e.g., to catch the restorative deep sleep that can happen before midnight when the body secretes the repair mechanism called growth hormone), and don't skimp on the final long REM sleep in the early morning.
Choose exercise that makes you run faster or physically stronger over long slow exercise that breaks down your body. This means up to 30 minutes of effective resistance training about twice per week (with experience, lower reps and higher weights), and interval training as opposed to moderate jogging. A recent study discovered that 30-second bursts of cycling (4 to 6 times per session with 4 minute rests in between) was just as effective as traditional endurance exercise, but involved 90 percent fewer miles.
Eat food that's grown or pastured locally. Find a local farm, and become one of their good customers for pastured eggs, which generally offer higher levels of vitamins and minerals, grass-fed meats, berries, and veggies (in season).
Fast once in a while (This advice is only for adults, not for growing kids). Consider narrowing the window of eating to around 8 to 12 hours per day. An intermittent fast a couple times per week (such as fasting overnight and extending it to about 15 hours) can help with blood-glucose metabolism and reduce inflammation.
Do something once in a while that represents an acute challenge. (Meaning, it scares the crap out of you then makes you laugh and/or tell stories about it afterward). The reason wilderness treks, for example, are so gratifying and exciting is because they seem to stimulate built-in instinctive pathways, according to the author Laurence Gonzales' Deep Survival. Although unproven, maybe they represent hormesis or "good stress." For even more fun, bring along self-tracking apps such as Endomondo or Backpacker GPS Trails Pro.
Amidst a varied career in journalism and software engineering, Bruce W. Perry has moved on from numerous long runs and multisport events to hiking, skiing, weightlifting, and general fitness tracking and pursuits. He's written two recent O'Reilly software books, and occasionally climbs in the summer with mountain guides, including Mt. Rainier and Mt. Whitney's Mountaineer's Route.
Perry lives in Warren, VT with his wife and two kids.
This book may be written by a geek for geeks, but as a geek I expected to see references, notes on how to design and evaluate my own experiments, and more than one paragraph on... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Eric Jain
This book has a good set of summaries for important nutritional categories. I can't say I loved his work out regimes, nor the paleo thrust of his diet advice, but the book seems... Read morePublished 24 months ago by M. Fay
It's hard to take a book seriously if it claims "real science" and discusses auras. Is the other information valid? Or bad? How can I trust the author? Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Michael A. Duvernois
I like the different options for dieting and exercise in this book. It covers software for phones and computers, body "hacking" and a lot more.Published on January 9, 2013 by M. Evans
This book provides basic nutrition and fitness information for cubicle dwellers of the technical sort. Perry is a software engineer and journalist as well as sports enthusiast. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Perry gives a broad overview of pretty much everything fitness, diving deeper into a few areas. If you're a cubicle dweller looking to be less sedentary and have no idea where to... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by owookiee
This book hit a sweet spot for me. I had done a little of the research into these health products and issues on my own, but this brought a huge amount of information into one... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by James L. Gillaspy
I found the book about 3/4 useful. I personally did not care for the first quarter of the book where the author promotes the Paelo diet and tries to much to talk it up. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book is crammed with knowledge about off sorts of health topics. You could build a good foundation of knowledge with this book.Published on December 11, 2012 by tumaru