On the wholeness of health. Fitness as a form of character building. Increasing capacity. Living the life not just looking the part.
- On Exercise and Character: Physical exertion was the first form of character building.
- On Sweat, Tears, and Optimization: Just as it would be inappropriate to gauge a therapy session on how much you cried, it is just as inappropriate to gauge a workout on sweat.
- On a Universal Athletic Stance: Live in an athletic stance for as long as you can, and maintain more quality of life for as long as you are capable.
- On Food Envy: Stop Looking at Others to Judge Yourself: Comparison is the thief of joy.
- On the Cult of Sitting: Sitting and stillness is rest, both for the body and mind. Now we sit to work. Sitting to conserve energy so that we may prolong work.
- How Jiu-Jitsu Healed My Body Image: "For decades I scrutinized my body, hated my body, but was attached to it against my will. Then I started jiu-jitsu..."
- Cargo Cult Shoes: Shoes Should Conform to the Feet and Not the Other Way Around: Does it fit like a glove? Or does it fit like a shoe?
- Binary Thinking: Standing Barefoot or Sitting With Shoes: Everything looks great, initially, until we get the data from the people who overdo it.
- Injecting Philosophy Into Fitness: A letter regarding the application of quietism, philosophy, and mindfulness to physical training.
- Totalitarian Exercise, Movement, and Freedom: We don't see exercise as an exercise in freedom. We see it as an extension of work.
- How Creepy Are We: Vanity and Self-Improvement: We want to be both shallow and deep, which leads us to loneliness. Our quest for ultimate wellness only makes us sicker.
- On the Art of the Shave: Once or twice a month I participate in the millennium-old ritual of the razor shave.
- If You Want to Live Longer, Focus on Community and Character: What do the majority of the oldest living people have in common? Strong community and strong character.
- On Nonjudgment and Body Acceptance: To change your body, you must first accept your body. Only then can you deal with what is.