Podcasting in May

Argh, June is already here, It feels like it should be February. Anyway this month I haven't hit the output as previous months when it comes to episodes. But here they are.

JPG (Subscribe here)

Only two episodes this month, episodes 36 and 37. 36 is a solo podcast with myself where I catch up on my progress with using Squarespace for roughly a month. I breakdown things down nicely and also talk a bit about Logic Pro X. 37 is the end of series four discussion of Game of Thrones.

Hong Kong People Podcast (Subscribe here)

Four episodes for the Hong Kong People Podcast. Two of which have extended versions as well. In one episode I travel to Cheung Chau island as well.

Other news

I'm going to slow down the number of episodes I'm creating, the pace I'm working at doesn't allow me to explore other things that interest me (like reading). From June onwards, I'll be releasing episodes strictly on a Thursday for all shows. Starting in the month of June, that first week will see a release of JPG (Avengers movie review with myself and Adam) and the following week will be a Hong Kong People Podcast release. Expect two episodes of each show, each month and when I have time, I'll upload a Prick Me episode. I actually recorded one and it should be up at the end of the month.

Another Podcast

Katie says with Katie Bowman is a relatively new podcast that I have been listening to. I have discussed in previous blog posts topics that Katie has raised on the Paleo Solution podcast. Here she gets her own show to breathe, it is a very personal show as it is informed by the lifestyle choices she has made for herself and her family. She is definitely preaching the things that she is practising. Especially episode 22 named, Household Movement Hacks. If you want to take your healthy lifestyle further then I wholeheartedly recommend this cast. You can subscribe here.



This Podcast Is A Goldmine Of Information (Repost)

I recently listened to the this episode of ‘The Paleo Solution’, a fine show taking me into the geeky topics about health that I enjoy. Topics like proper posture and understanding the different processes around us that culturally we’ve allowed ourselves to be distant from, like toilet squatting or paleo eating. Nutrition has become a hobby of mine, accelerated now, having gone paleo back in December 2013.

The guest was Katy Bowman (her blog), I’ve never heard of her before, but will start following her online and grab a copy of her book when it's released. She’s a biomechanist, somebody ‘… who studies Newtonian physics like pressures and gravities and stuff like that as applied to biological systems’.

In practical terms, a biomechanist will assess a person’s form and posture in order to correct a bodily imbalance or to improve performance in a particular athletic exercise.

With that said, Robb and Katy covered a number of topics together, the hour flew by (it usually does when you listen on x1.5 speed, but that's beside the point) where they touched on:

  • Using our bodies to our advantage. Moving properly, maximising our bodies abilities and therefore potential, when most of us don’t in any way, this later impacts our life because our bodies adapt to how we live. Illustrating the processes that occur with say sitting down all day, how the body adapts to sitting down and also how it’s wrong to assume our bodies will be okay once we walk around in a normal manner, I guess to stretch. The 8 hours of sitting at work out weigh the 2 hours of standing, most of which is spent in a densely populated setting like commuting.

Here is a great quote from the show: 

Well yeah it  [making reference to muscle tissue] actually goes through a process called sarcomere lysis where there’s no point in maintaining muscle mass that’s used to achieve a range of motion that you never go through. So you lose it. So now your metabolism is lower, your joint range of motion is slower. You have adapted and I think the fallacy is that we keep using the term adaptation to imply improvement. But you’ve – but adaptation is really adjusting the tissues in your body so that what you do most frequently is easier on you in the short term. It doesn’t really imply that you’ve become better in the long term.

  • The recent court case with Vibrum where they were in a class action lawsuit because the claims they made weren’t true. The Vibram links to the previous discussion about posture and proper movement and how Vibrams have offered something that can be misleading if not oversimplified when it comes to advertising their shoes.

The podcast then switches into what Katy calls ‘Free time things’. Things we can do without it impacting on on that great limiter we call time. 

  • Affective footwear as they make a massive difference. (I love the suggestion of eliminating heels. They are fucking nasty things for women to wear and yet sadly it’s kind of enforced in the form of peer pressure and want to override the fact they will fuck up one’s feet for life).
  • Sitting on the floor. I have been thinking of ditching the sofa.

While a lot of these concepts come across as different and to use their words, ‘counter culture’, (it is) there is a lot to take from this podcast about how there are many mechanisms in life we still don’t know about and if we can partake in as many of them as we can (the ones we do know about), we can live better, healthier lives.

The issue of squatting is without humour brought up again and I’m glad, so many people don’t realise the benefits of just pooping in a different way simply because they use what they already have grown up with.

One aspect of the discussion that interested me was how we don’t age at the same rate, I don’t mean you vs me, I mean me vs me or you vs you. Our bodies age at different rates depending on how we utilise those body parts. Fascinating and slightly worrying at the same time.

Anyway, you have to check it out, it never gets over-the-top sciencey, they keep it all in layman's terms for everybodies benefit. Download it now here.

NOTE - This is an edited and updated version of a blog post from my old wordpress website.