Beginnings of a Digital Nomad: The Remote Year - Day 150
“He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not.”--Italian Proverb
It’s not until we’re bedridden in the tight grip of a hellish fever that all we wish for is a full recovery, or limping around with a debilitating injury that we take our body parts & motor functions for granted.
Health = Wealth
Taking the right steps towards eating right & exercising regularly isn’t always easy. In fact, for some, it requires more amounts of willpower than others...let alone when you’re constantly traveling/on the road like I am.
But there never has truly been a better time than now. Here are three key practices you can implement TODAY that--if habitualized--will put you on a fast track to eating better, staying more active, & looking your best:
1. Intermittent Fasting (IF)
Cycling periods of caloric restriction & consumption is hands down the best way to improve your overall lifestyle, as the list of benefits are seemingly endless. While IF has slowly been growing in adoption throughout Western countries over the past few years, it’s been practiced for decades upon decades in the Middle East & in Asia, as well as across all major forms of religion.
In addition to the religious beliefs/sacrifices its practitioners have adopted into their respective faiths, we’re slowly starting to discover how the benefits of fasting have a strong scientific basis to support them, including (but not limited to):
- Increased metabolic rates (-->faster weight loss & fat burn)
- Improved concentration
- Higher energy levels
- Reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, & much more
Just like the Pomodoro Technique that I mentioned here, I won’t go into exact time splits, as a quick search on Google will give you more than enough information to get started, and each “routine” is customizable based on preference, health, age, etc. But my personal daily routine consists of a 16-hour fast + 8-hour consumption period; as the 16-hour window provides adequate time for sleep, work, & a fasted workout followed by a break in the fast (thus, the start of my consumption period) with calories consumed regularly until the end of the 8-hour period, at which point I go to sleep.
IF’s basis is grounded in controlling your insulin levels. Being in a fasted state increases insulin sensitivity, which--in turn--leads to more efficient nutrient absorption, higher fat loss, improved brain function/mental clarity, & loads more. This list goes on & on...again, Google it!
This may come as a no-brainer, but I often get asked, “What form of exercise is the best?” It all depends on what you’re looking for. But the most important thing is to just stay active.
As I mentioned in this post, just 10 minutes of walking per day is enough to increase endorphins & improve mental health (as well as improve blood flow/circulation, burn calories, etc.).
Those looking to shred fat should combine both cardio AND weightlifting, as combining aerobic exercises with weight resistance will put you on a fast track to fat burning since your daily caloric expenditure rate will be on lightspeed compared to your daily calories consumed. Just squats alone, for example, are enough to increase testosterone levels, release massive amounts of growth hormone, and improve overall athletic performance. In addition, supplementing cardio with weight resistance training improves physique while at the same time decreasing the risk of injury.
Those consistently on the road like me (who have a hard time always finding immediate access to a gym) can still get full-body resistance training done at a nearby park with:
- Pull-ups (back, biceps, & core)
- Push-ups (chest, shoulders, & triceps)
- Body squats, lunges, & wall-sits (all leg muscles)
- Planks, sit-up/crunches, etc. (abs & core)
Sports is another way to stay fit & improve functionality/athleticism. Travelers can easily combine fun with exercise by participating in the local activities that culture has to offer. A trip to visit my girlfriend in Europe allows me to hike the Alps, while a beach getaway means I get to swim & snorkel on daily basis; these next few months in Bangkok means I have the chance to immerse myself in Muay Thai training...the possibilities are endless & taking advantage of your surroundings allows you to fully immerse yourself in what the foreign land is known for.
3. Ketogenic Dieting (“Keto”)
A ketogenic diet = high protein + high fat + little to no carbs. The ketogenic diet started out as a way to reduce the number of seizures experienced by those suffering from epilepsy. But scientists/researchers & athletes alike are quickly discovering its more widespread benefits when habitually incorporated into your lifestyle.
On a normal diet, the brain uses glycogen for energy, which is converted from both complex carbs (potatoes, bread, etc.) & simple carbs (fruits & sugars). Removing carbs from your diet & replacing it with fat forces your body to go into a metabolic state called “ketosis,” in which it 1) becomes more efficient at burning fat, and 2) carries out a process in the liver in which fat is converted to ketones, which the brain uses for energy instead of glycogen.
Aside from the above benefits, “keto” is also used to treat cancer (ketones weaken cancer cells), brain-related diseases (Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s), and acne (lower sugar & processed food consumption).
Now that you know how to improve your health, let’s improve your coin portfolio!
From STEEM Power to WePower, Unleash the Blockchain Beast!
After countless more hours of research, I’m really excited to share with the Steemit community WePower!
In the same way that Steemit tokenized social media, WePower is tokenizing renewable energy. They are, in essence, a free market for green energy in which each token is backed by real, renewable energy. I understand that many of you reading this are into cryptocurrencies for the money, and that altcoins are a business (and even a livelihood for some). But I really do believe that by supporting this project, you’re both making money (through investment diversification) AND helping the planet.
With advancements in technology + an infinite supply of renewable energy sources (solar energy, wind energy, etc.), why wouldn’t we place green energy at a higher level of importance? I’ll tell you why. It’s because of:
- A lack of funding
- It’s primarily large institutional investors that have access to energy investments
- In recent years, these institutional investors have chosen to invest less into green energy (the green energy industry saw a 25% drop in overall investments in 2016 compared to the previous year)
- Those who do choose to invest in renewable energy face a high barrier to entry due to costly intermediary fees & limited investment distribution options
- Current power grids are not optimized for the characteristics inherent in renewable energy sources (like wind fluctuations or solar overload problems)
- Grid reinforcements are required in order to optimize them, which requires additional funding/investments
With their three core principles in mind (decarbonization, democratization, and decentralization), WePower plans to revolutionize the industry by connecting energy producers with consumers & investors of all sizes.
They’re providing the public--for the very first time--with a free, open market in which to trade renewable energy through the use of smart contracts. Doing so allows buyers to purchase future energy at a lower cost while also eliminating the need for a middleman (and its associated costs), increasing trade speed, and allowing for trade transparency by executing each transaction over the blockchain.
I like to think of WePower as the Elon Musk of the cryptocurrency world, as they’re not only putting an emphasis on renewable energy, but on artificial intelligence (AI) as well. The company will use AI to help balance their electrical grids, optimize energy production, and predict consumer habits & behavior in order to better serve the public.
For being established in just January of this year, they’ve come a LONG way! There’s already an alpha demo of their platform available on their site (https://wepower.network), they’ve secured a partnership with a green energy company in Spain, and have received the full support of Lithuania’s Minister of Energy.
There are currently several similar projects on the market: Suncontract, Grid+, PowerLedger, and Greenum. But a detailed analysis comparing each project/coin side-by-side shows WePower to be the most promising in all aspects. From their blockchain technology to the whitepaper to the team to the token model, and even the social responsibilities they’re undertaking to reduce the impact of global warming, WePower has covered all their bases; making it both a solid investment & the most impactful clean energy solution on the market.
Overall, WePower is offering a quality product supported by high core values. I see them as a disruptive force in the energy industry that can’t/won’t be stopped thanks to what they’re offering: a seamless solution to transitioning from “dirty energy” to the way energy SHOULD be.
Thanks again to everyone who took time out of their busy day to read this post! Your support means the world to me & I hope I was able to provide even the slightest amount of value to you & the Steemit community!