Your True Self

Sweatworking can reveal your true self to others

In a recent article in the Chicago Tribune about the growing trend of “sweatworking,” or combining networking opportunities with a trip to the gym, personal trainer and gym owner Jason Rodriguez says of the practice, “The great thing about sports or exercise is your true self is revealed.” Entrepreneur Tony … Read more

2015 Year in Review

KineSophy 2015 Year in Review

2015 saw the end of one thread of the KineSophy project and the start of another. When I began this blog in 2012 with the aim of exploring connections between philosophy and physical fitness, I soon began to recognize ways in which a philosophical approach could be applied to redeem … Read more

Adaptation

Adaptation

Not long ago, I learned the term “adaptive athlete,” which describes an athlete with a physical or mental disability. Having previously encountered phrases like “disabled” or “Special Olympics,” I much prefer the connotations of this new term. Consider the alternatives: Handicapped – There is some speculation that this word originates … Read more

The Socratic Diet

The Socratic Diet

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates For the past two years, I have followed a rough interpretation of Barry Sears’ Zone Diet [1], which has allowed me to see improvements in my training for endurance races, feel mentally sharp and energized, and maintain a healthy weight and body … Read more

Sexism in Sports Broadcasting

Two nights ago, I tuned into ESPN’s television broadcast of Major League Baseball’s American League Wild Card Game, presented by the broadcast team of Dan Shulman, Jessica Mendoza and John Kruk (you can find their bios and credentials here). Not having watched an ESPN-televised baseball game in some time, I … Read more

Cognitive Ability and Physical Performance

Cognitive Ability and Physical Performance

Early on in my exploration of an ethical theory that incorporated both moral (other-directed) virtues and non-moral (self-directed) virtues (particularly those virtues related to physical fitness), I discussed the relationship between fitness and intelligence. In this previous piece, I presented several scientific studies which demonstrate that increased physical activity leads … Read more

The Fallacy of the American Low-Fat Diet

The Fallacy of the American Low-Fat Diet

Last year, I compared the Swedish government’s new recommendation of a diet low or moderate in carbohydrates and high in fat to the longstanding American government’s recommendation of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet to argue that governments shouldn’t be making these kinds of recommendations in the first place. A recent study … Read more

Addicted to Ironman?

Addicted to Ironman?

“Former drug addict and alcoholic Todd Crandell has swapped an unhealthy addiction for a healthy one,” writes Daniel Hoy in his article Addicted to Ironman. He goes on to chronicle Crandell’s transition from a ten-year addiction to drugs and alcohol to completion of twenty-seven Ironman triathlons. But are triathletes, marathoners … Read more

How to Save Lives

How to Save Lives

I have previously argued that if you are committed to an ethic of altruism, you have reason to care about your physical fitness (see Why Be Fit? – Altruism). Here’s a summary of that argument in its simplest form, with direct links to articles in support the premises: 1. If … Read more