A Beginner’s Skeleton Key to Exercise

Some opening thoughts: Speaking only from my personal experience, daily exercise is not only a powerful way to regulate performance but a way to enhance overall quality of life. Whether you’re a stay at home parent or a high-octane professional, exercise helps you level up. As they say on their website, the American Heart Association […]

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One Less Thing: Struggling With Soda

I drank soda like a fiend for the first seventeen years of my life. Every time it was offered to me, I couldn’t say no. It was delicious! The tang and flavor of Pepsi, RC Cola, and countless others were sweet, bitingly carbonated, and complex. Every can felt like a miniature fiesta, and I explored […]

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The Kentucky Dirtbag: A Spring Break at the Red River Gorge

(Featured Image: Scoping out “Omaha Beach” (5.14a) and “Transworld Depravity” (5.14a) at the Motherlodeon a cold day.)​Most of us need to exert extra effort to find the wild. Our communities of concrete, electricity and pavement often keeps us closed to the harsh beauty of our environment’s more organic forms. Yet, Eric has been an outdoorsman […]

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The Yoga Moment

As part of our part of our Real Jungle Humans project, it was imperative to get the opinions of many different masters of mind and movement. We cannot assume harmony with nature or even profess to know  our mindful, spiritual self without some type of continuous discipline, focusing on the power of the mind or […]

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Real Jungle Humans: Dylan Williams

A Brief Intro with Noah​I met Dylan a long time ago. As lifetime friends, we grew up in constant inconsistent contact, and all through that time, he was never far from a soccer ball or the next game. He devoted his soul to his past time, and it took me, the not-so inspired semi-competitive computer […]

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Living With An Injury (And How to Rise Above It)

Last August, I was in the best shape I’d ever been. I was working out six or seven days per week, feeling comfortable with my regular 2-hour workouts and martial arts practice twice a day. At 20 years old, I looked great, pushed big weight, and suddenly felt like I had begun to see the […]

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Is There a Sustainable Future?

The world appears to be heading into a nosedive, and many different communities around the world have noticed. Of those who are wary, a select few have gotten together, pushing away at the metropolitan cities of millions, the suburban luxuries of the first world, and the standards of popular culture, to try to make something […]

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Thoughts from the Jungle Gym #1: What’s Out There? Why Should We Care?

The world is a place full of specialization. Everyone of us is a specialist in our own life, whether we mean to be or not. Our bodies, while separate from our minds and the knowledge we hold, reflect that same specialization. While capable of incredible feats of flexibility, endurance and strength, our bodies will become […]

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Hiking: The Journey of a Lifetime Begins Here

One of the interesting things about homo sapiens is our natural curiosity. Our mind’s ability to produce questions without end allows us to move beyond a singular position and propel us out, into our environment. It began the same way 40,000 years ago, when early man woke up one morning. He came out of his […]

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Working the Earth to Work Up a Sweat: The Awesomeness of Sustainable Agriculture

“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”Masanobu FukuokaThe One-Straw Revolution​​Growing food is an integral part of the human experience. […]

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