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Thursday, August 6, 2015

On Picking The Right Running Shoes

Photo by klew97

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

We liken shoes to a new car, or maybe a computer. We choose specs based on the promise of what it can deliver. We can predict how a car will deal with the physics of the road, or how a computer deals with the processing of information, but in the case of anything relating to the human body? It is always less than predictable. Humans are not predictable. (Which is the difficulty in getting machines to act like us.)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sugar With Coffee Please



By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

There are those people who cannot drink coffee without sugar and now there is a scientific explanation, they like what coffee becomes, not coffee itself. They don't actually like coffee or tea, which is why the taste of it without the sugar is so foreign and so disagreeable. It's not that they enjoy something, and then sugar makes the thing they enjoy sweeter — it is that combined it becomes an entirely new taste experience. It's no longer coffee or tea with sugar, but that coffee and tea changes into something else on a molecular level with the introduction of sugar.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stand Up Straight Your Mom Said

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here


Your mother was right, it is important to stand up straight.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why The Standing Desk Sucks

My standing desk set up
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I am writing this article from my standing desk. My prediction for you is that in the next few years, you will see a trending of articles disparaging the standing desk, but not for the reasons you think. You will hear that it is bad for you, bad for your knees, feet, back, and every other section of your body. It will just take a few years to collect enough data to try and prove this theory. Seven or so years ago when I began training people in the classical mode of running (which is to use your feet and calves like springs and run off of the midfoot/forefoot), I predicted that the media would eventually dismiss barefoot shoes as a dangerous fad. I looked like a genius when this eventually happened, but really, it's not fortune telling; it's just simple deduction of human psychology.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Real Foods Shouldn't Be Your Enemy



By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The baby boomers need to listen to their grandparents and we need to stop taking dietary advice from the baby boomers. Somehow temporarily we got confused about diets and thought certain real foods were bad and processed foods were better...

"Remember when eggs were bad for us before they were good for us? Or when certain heart disease was the devil’s bargain we made for loving a good cheeseburger? You may be excused for the vertigo you experience from all the flip-flops, twists and turns written over the years about the goodness or badness of any number of foods. For all of the “scientific” studies of nutrition and health, the bottom line is that we know something about the food we eat. But truthfully, the science behind what we ingest and how it affects our health is in its infancy.

There are numerous reasons why we are get conflicting information, partly because of how some journalists interpret scientific reports. Most reputable research papers are broken down the same way. There is an introduction/background, a methods section explaining how the research was performed, a results section, discussion/conclusion, and finally a summary. Journalists for the most part, not being scientists and on tight deadlines, read only the summary, which may have less scientific jargon and be more readily digestible than the rest of the paper. Many a journalist has fallen prey to accepting the summary without delving into the particulars. The result is a headline that screams Coffee Is Great for Your Health! when it should have said Coffee Is Great for Your Health—If You are Middle Class, Have Health Insurance, Don’t Smoke, Exercise, and Your Parents Don’t Have Cancer!

The problem is not always the journalism. Some studies are deeply flawed. Other studies cannot be duplicated and are therefore discredited. Sometimes the sample of people studied is too small. And then there are the studies sponsored by industries that have vested interests in the outcome."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Visual Guide To Carb Tolerance And Weight Gain

How carbohydrates can affect your weight and energy levels

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here



Every human being is unique in their ability to handle food. We have seen this in our own life, those friends who seem to be able to eat anything without repercussion. Instead of thinking of it as metabolism, it is better to think of it as tolerance. If you want to get healthy, your tolerance for food (especially carbohydrates) should become the determining factor in how you eat.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stuart Scott The Fighter


What I Learned From Stuart Scott


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I met the legendary Stuart Scott of SportsCenter only once. It was a couple of years ago, he was a lot thinner than how I remembered him on TV. We were in an MMA gym. NFL linemen were there training and there was Stuart Scott training alongside them. He was quiet and polite. No "booyeahs!" Not the energy from him I was used to but still diligent.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Men Be Real About Your Fighting Abilities

Men be real about your fighting abilities

Possibly the only Onion piece that isn't farce


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I don't get the posturing men do. They've played more badminton than they've accumulated hours of street fighting. I've been in school fights, tournament fights, and trained in some form of combat for 29 years. And I still try to avoid fights at all costs and I try to never speak about how I would do in a "real" fight. I just live as best as I can and try to be a good person.

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