Hate and Basketball: A Potential Stumbling Block

Hate and Basketball

There is a prevalent story in American society that participation in team sports can keep impoverished and disadvantaged children and adolescents away from gangs and violence and out of trouble. We hear this refrain all the time from community organizers, educational institutions and professional athletes. “Sports kept me off the … Read more

Fitness, Intelligence and Creativity

In addition to the studies linking fitness and intelligence that I previously described on KineSophy, further testimonies indicate outdoor exercise and overall fitness can increase creativity, goal-oriented behavior, decision-making, and even the amount of money you earn: Training your brain for creativity.

Sitting and Physical Disability

Sitting and Physical Disability

Previous studies have already demonstrated links between increased sitting and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and early mortality. Now new research shows each additional hour of sitting over the course of a day is correlated with a 50% increase in the risk of becoming physically disabled.

Muktasana: Yoga and Prison

Muktasana

In January, I presented research demonstrating the relationship between physical fitness and mental acuity. In doing so, I highlighted one of the complementary bonds between secondary virtues. But what of virtues beyond fitness and intelligence? What is the relationship between fitness and other-directed, social virtues? There are many possible approaches to … Read more

Fitness and Intelligence in the NFL

Fitness and Intelligence

Continuing with last month’s theme of fitness and intelligence, check out this great article by Aaron Gordon of SB Nation on Rhodes Scholar and former Florida State defensive back Myron Rolle: The Rejection of Myron Rolle. Some questions raised by this piece: 1. Myron Rolle is unquestionably one of the rare … Read more

MyPlate, Ritz Crackers and a Case for Small Government

MyPlate, Ritz Crackers and a Case for Small Government

On September 23, 2013, the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU) published a two-year compilation of scientific literature entitled Dietary Treatment for Obesity.1 Based on SBU’s conclusions that diets with low (less than 20% of total energy) to moderate (less than 40% of total energy) carbohydrate intake and high … Read more

Redefining Strength with Stanford Football

Redefining Strength with Stanford Football

Continuing with the theme of fitness and intelligence, check out this great article on the Stanford football strength and conditioning program. If you want to try the Functional Movement Screen used by Coach Turley, you can find a complete description here (the actual screen is described on pages 16-34).

Fitness and Intelligence

Fitness and Intelligence

A young boy is afraid of the dark. How will he find the courage to face his blackened room when the lights go out at bedtime? He must either realize he has nothing to fear in the dark, or he must have confidence in his own strength to contest the … Read more

KineSophy Year One in Review

KineSophy Year One in Review

With 2013 and the first year of my KineSophy project drawing to a close, I decided to use this month’s essay to summarize the ground I’ve covered in the past eleven months, in the hopes of giving these pieces some appearance of cohesion. Working under the general mission statement of … Read more

Ritz Crackers: The Cornerstone of Any Balanced Canadian Meal

Ritz Crackers: The Cornerstone of Any Balanced Canadian Meal

As the latest entry in the long list of silly government policies to enforce someone’s idea of healthy eating, the Manitoba (Canada) Government’s Early Learning and Child Care lunch regulations require parents to send their children to school with a “balanced” lunch. Children whose lunches do not comply with these … Read more