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

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

The History of Exercise with Bill Hayes

Bill Hayes, author of Sweat: A History of Exercise

Bill Hayes is the author of Sweat: A History of Exercise, Insomniac City, and How New York Breaks Your Heart, a collection of his street photography, among other books. He is a recipient of the New York City Book Award for How We Live Now: Scenes from the Pandemic, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in … Read more

Acupuncture and Cupping – Part 1: Ancient Medicine or Pseudoscience?


Note: this article is the first of a two-part series on acupuncture and cupping. You can read Part 2 here: Acupuncture and Cupping – Part 2: Alternative Therapies and the Placebo Effect. At this point, you have likely heard of acupuncture and cupping. Acupuncture was practiced in Asia at least … Read more

Examining COVID-19 Public Health Measures

COVID-19 public health measures advocated by the CDC

Throughout the past fourteen-plus months, we have seen consistent recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Yet other health practices with strong evidence of reducing COVID-19 severity have received far less publicity. So what are the most effective public health measures for mitigating COVID-19? And what role should governments take … Read more

Illness and Morality in the COVID-19 Pandemic

A woman in a surgical mask, highlighting the illness and morality debate surrounding COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has again raised the outdated association between illness and morality. Whether through blaming victims or asserting their own health and moral superiority, many have suggested that those who contract the virus deserve their fate. I draw on previous KineSophy articles on health, fitness and virtue to … Read more

How to Support COVID-19 Relief

Logos of four charities supporting COVID-19 relief

Like so many issues discussed on KineSophy, the COVID-19 pandemic affects us all in myriad spheres of life, from health to social interactions to economics to ethics. Faced with illness, the loss of a job, loneliness and fear, many people are struggling just to make it through the next day … Read more

Social Isolation and Physical Training in COVID-19 Confinement

An astronaut exercises in social isolation

No matter where you are in the world, there’s a good chance you’re in the midst of some social isolation measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And if you’re reading this article, there’s also a good chance that you like to engage in regular physical activity. Unfortunately, the former … Read more