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The benefits of reading - Kindle versus actual books

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Reading results in less stress, better memory, improved brain function, more restful sleep, less chance of Alzheimer’s, and even more empathy, preferably a book - not Kindle. So says this article, Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books.

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Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers.

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Peak strength and endurance at the same time, Is it doable?

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An active Marine who trained a lot once told me, "Whenever I do my personal best at bench press my running is way off, and whenever I am at my best at running my bench press suffers".

Alan Page was a 260 pound defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. Toward end of his career he had trained for and completed a marathon – the first active NFL player to do so. He lost a significant amount of muscle; so much so that he switched position to linebacker at 225 pounds. When you run great distances carting around more muscle is demanding.

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Are Health Clubs Spiritual Communities?

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Researchers from Harvard’s Divinity School are trying to determine what spaces function as spiritual communities. The New York Times article, When Some Turn to Church, Others Go to CrossFit, examines the efforts of researchers to pinpoint what constitutes religiosity in America.

I suppose it depends on how you define spiritual or religiosity. My experience is that is it not spiritual. I think it is as simple as health clubs, for some, constitute the third place people interact. I have worked in gyms for 35 years I find it curious that so many people spend so much time walking on treadmills when it is a perfectly beautiful it’s-great-to-be-alive day.