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Sleep Smarter – Book Review

Over the last few decades technology has shaped the way we sleep – and not in a good way. From an abundance of artificial light to constant stimulation from social media and blue light emitted from screens, it’s harder than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Even when we do manage that elusive 8 hours, how much of that …

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Tools of Titans – Book Review

tools of titans book review

Tools of Titans is a collection of tips and tricks from the 200+ highly successful podcast guests Tim Ferris has interviewed. From Billionaires to professional athletes and actors, each guest is profiled in 3-5 pages of important information conveyed during their 1-2 hour interview. Tim’s podcast episodes have surpassed 200 million downloads, and once you hear them you can understand …

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7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Book Review

7 habits highly effective people book review

This book offers a structured approach to improving your life. The habits improve your organisational skills, people skills and critical thinking, which can be used in both career and personal life. They are lessons in personal change, which can be practised and tackled one habit at a time. Book thirteen is… The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen …

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The ONE Thing – Book Review

the one thing gary keller jay papasan

“What ONE thing could you do today, such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”. This is the main question of the book. The authors argue that anyone multi-tasking isn’t really doing so. Similar to a computer they’re simply switching between one task and another. The task you work on is in the foreground of your …

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Salt Sugar Fat – Book Review

salt sugar fat michael moss

Three ingredients – Salt, Sugar and Fat – contribute to the growing obesity epidemic across the world. A main source in our diet comes from processed foods, such as crisps, cookies, ready meals and other “convenience” food. The processed food manufacturers spent much of the 70’s and 80’s pumping vast quantities of each of these into the foods. This was …

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Seated Cable Row, Inverted Row, Power Shrugs, Lat Pulldown, Back Extension

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Seated Cable Row This hits Rhomboids, Lower/Mid Traps and Lats. Keep your scapula depressed as best you can during the movement. Keep elbows in and pull to mid-torso. Squeeze shoulder blades together and briefly pause before returning to start. Inverted Row Set the bar slightly higher than arm length, to allow torso to be off the ground at the bottom …

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The Happiness Hypothesis – Book Review

happiness hypothesis jonathan haidt

This book delves into the mechanisms behind our emotions and the role they play in happiness. I found it to be an easy read with some fascinating insights. I’m aware of the research into “things” being less value for money than “experiences”, but this goes further. The Law of Diminishing Returns states that the enjoyment of a possession decreases the …

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Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle – Book Review

burn fat feed muscle tom venuto

This book covers four basic principles: Nutrition, Cardio, Weight Training and Mentality. Each topic is covered well, but pitched at a very low level for someone like myself (Sports Science graduate). What this book does cover in more detail than its competitors is the macro-nutrients and strategies for eating the right foods. If you are new to counting calories and …

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Becoming A Supple Leopard – Book Review

becoming supple leopard kelly starrett

This is both an Operating Manual and a Troubleshooting Guide for the human body. I CANNOT recommend this book highly enough and I can’t believe I didn’t purchase it when it first came out. Kelly Starrett is the founder of MobilityWOD, for those of you not familiar with CrossFit the WOD stands for “Workout Of the Day”. Originally posting some …

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Mindless Eating – Book Review

mindless eating brian wansink

Has your weight slowly crept up over the last few months and years? Would you know if you had eaten 100 calories too many today? How about 100 calories too few? Brian Wansink is a PhD researcher who has set up hundreds of studies to determine our eating habits. He reveals some very worrying trends about how the environment around …

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