Unlocking the hidden evolutionary talent

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Have you ever heard about the Tarahumara tribe? They are a group of Native American people living in Northern Mexico who can run more than 400 miles in less than 50 hours. Sounds impossible. Nonetheless, it is true. This tribe consists of men and women, old and young; each member is capable of running at least 200 miles non-stop, without shoes.

How are we evolved to run?

Running is one of the most altering events in the history of human evolution. When someone tells me that they dislike running, the first thing I’d say now is that you’re probably not doing it right.


My 90-day experience with coffee and running

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So, what’s the big deal about coffee? It’s just plant juice mixed with hot water (and sometimes milk), right? Just a bunch of basic atoms and molecules found in plants, combined around. Hate to break it to you, but so are we. All of us are a bunch of atoms simply grouped in particular arrangements that lead to specific results. What may seem as aimless and rambling individual particles can come together in specific configurations and bring order to chaos.
Too philosophical for a post that promises to help understand the effects of coffee? I agree.

Coming back from my…


A poem about hope

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I saw a dream
Out on the beaches, the glorious sun above
My girl and I, under a lovely clove.

I saw a dream
Where love ruled all
A world on its knees, under its power befall.

I saw a dream
Where everyone looked in each others’ eyes
And felt the spark inside, that made everyone a tad wise.

I saw a dream
Where dreams were no more confined
For everyone was equal, no matter their kind.

I saw a dream
As beautiful as the person next to you
It's time for me to wake up and bring the change I want to ensue.


See the essence of a person, not the physical form

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I am not this hair
I am not this skin
I am the soul that lives within
-Rumi

When we encounter someone, our brain sorts the person into a group- a beautiful woman, rude looking man, my friend Joey or a family member.

In reality, the mind summarises and rationalizes tons of information into one entity- a human one for sure but one which makes it easier for us to make judgements faster.

Why?

This process is fast. Quite efficient too. During early evolution, quick classification helped our ancestors to sort enemies and friends quickly. Contrarily, such quick classification has some…


It starts with developing simple and meaningful habits

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You must have read this a million times, or this may be the first time you’re reading it — our brain can change itself.

We have the inherent power to change our brains to make it better (or worse).

How amazing is that! Small sustained steps taken every day can lead to a whole new level of transformation of our brain. What moves through your mind, shapes the brain.

“Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.”- Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Merely having the neuron numbers will not help. Developing and strengthening the…


Running improves not just physical, but also your mental health

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Dating back to 776 B.C., the foot race was the first-ever Olympic event to be held. There is something about this sport that makes it stand out from others. During a run, the different sensations of weariness and joy a runner feels suggest that running has quite an apparent effect on our state of mind.

Recently a growing number of neuroscientists have taken note of this and have shed some light on what accurately happens in our brain when we go out for a run.

Research now confirms what runners know from their own experience: running is a great tool…


In short: yes

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At the risk of dramatising too much, have you ever watched the movie The Matrix? If you haven’t, then please do take out some time for it.

In the movie, machines have taken over the entire human race. A guy named Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) discovers that he has been living inside a dream world. He and most of humankind are kept as prisoners, completely unaware inside small tiny capsules all the while their brains are manifesting an everyday artificial reality shown by the machines (crazy, right?).

Neo is then rescued and given two options in the form of…


Don’t be afraid of running

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I was, what most of you would call the typical 9–5 work kind of guy (to be fair, 11–8 would be more accurate). The only runs I used to get were the 5-minute ones on the gym treadmill, after which I used to head straight for weight training. Since as long as I can remember, I have always trodden the fine line between what you may call a healthy body and an obese one. In other words, I have thought of myself as a fat person and have spent the last 18 years eating, feeling guilty, and then working out…


Effect on health and performance during the Covid-19 lockdown

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We need to accept that we are living in a world where the new normal is to wear a face mask in public. Not to mention many governments worldwide have made this mandatory. Inspired by my partner, I have started my relationship with running during the Covid-19 virus lockdown period and have personally faced this dilemma every time I start a run.

In retrospect, a few months before, the idea of running or exercising with a mask would be frowned upon, but alas, things are what they are now. C’est la vie. …


Understanding how the body utilizes energy for exercise

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The answer, like most things in life, is complicated. It depends and varies from person to person. If your goal is weight loss, then running on empty, if done right, may not be such a bad idea after all.

Quite many runners who choose to run in the morning prefer to eat after completing their runs and not before. This whole thing of running without eating for an extended period is called fasted running.

Before we dive into the whole concept of fasted running, it is useful to understand how our body utilizes energy briefly without going into the extreme…

Sriraj

Engineer by education and profession. Beginner runner. Curious about anything and everything. Always learning.

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