The American Health Crisis in 3 Super Bowl Ads

Pluto TV couch potatoes, one of three Super Bowl ads that illustrates the American health crisis

Last month, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. 106 professional athletes competed for the top prize in their sport. And over 123 million Americans sat on their couches and watched them do it while stuffing their faces with 1.45 billion chicken wings, 11.3 … Read more

Accidental Meditation: It Happens More Often Than You Think

A man walking along a foggy mountain road

Nita Sweeney, BSJ, MFA, JD, CMT-P is an ultramarathoner, certified meditation teacher, mindfulness coach, mental health warrior and the bestselling author of award-winning books including Make Every Move a Meditation, A Daily Dose of Now, You Should Be Writing and Depression Hates a Moving Target. She lives in central Ohio … Read more

The History of Black Women’s Exercise with Ava Purkiss

Fit Citizens: A History of Black Women’s Exercise from Post-Reconstruction to Postwar America by Ava Purkiss

Ava Purkiss is a historian and assistant professor of American Culture and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Michigan Medicine. She is the author of Fit Citizens: A History of Black Women’s Exercise from … Read more

2023 Year in Review

Silhouette jumping between 2023 and 2024

2023 was a year of both expansion and contraction for KineSophy. Several new voices shared their views on topics related to the KineSophy mission. At the same time, events and trends across the globe and in my personal life reinforced the links between health, fitness, sports, society and philosophy. Before … Read more

Running as Therapy for Depression with Nita Sweeney

Nita Sweeney, author of Depression Hate a Moving Target

Nita Sweeney is the bestselling wellness author of Depression Hates a Moving Target, You Should Be Writing, and Make Every Move a Meditation. She is also an ultramarathoner, meditator, mindfulness coach, writing practice zealot, mental health advocate, dog mom, retired attorney and the retired publisher of Write Now Columbus. Her … Read more

The Physical and Social Importance of Walking with Antonia Malchik

A Walking Life by Antonia Malchik, a book about the physical and social importance of walking

Antonia Malchik has written essays and articles for Aeon, The Atlantic, Orion, High Country News and a variety of other publications. Her first book, A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, is about walking’s role in our shared humanity and the damages caused by … Read more

Trauma-Informed Strength Training with Laura Khoudari

Laura Khoudari, a trauma-informed strength trainer and author of Lifting Heavy Things

Laura Khoudari is a writer and leader in trauma-informed strength training and the author of Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time. Her work has been widely recognized by the trauma and fitness community, and she has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, BuzzFeed and Outside … Read more

Cycling and Philosophy with James Hibbard

The Art of Cycling by James Hibbard, a book about cycling and philosophy

A former professional cyclist, James Hamilton Hibbard studied philosophy at The University of California, Santa Cruz and DePaul University. He has received grants and been selected for workshops by PEN America and Tin House. He is the author of the book The Art of Cycling: Philosophy, Meaning, and a Life … Read more

Fact-Checking Vivek Ramaswamy on Fitness and Academics

Twitter/X post by Vivek Ramaswamy

Last month, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy tweeted (X-ed?), “The College Board should add a physical fitness section to the SAT, instead of just math and reading sections. This could mirror the “Presidential Fitness Test” – consisting of a 1-mile run, pull-ups, sit-ups, shuttle run, etc… This is a pro-merit … Read more