Decrease Inflammation and Increase Testosterone with Ice Baths and Cold Therapy

I like to chill out, but probably not in the sense you’re used to.

My kind of chilling means daily and regular cold therapy – situations in which I purposefully place my body in a cool to cold environment. Am I crazy? You might think so, but once I explain all the health benefits of cold therapy, there’s a good chance you’ll be reaching for the ice cubes.

First of all, forget the old wives’ tale about how being cold gives you a cold; it’s just not scientifically true. In fact, methodical exposure to cold may help boost levels of human growth hormone and testosterone, improve insulin resistance, manage inflammation, boost mental health, improve sleep, assist with weight loss (by activating the burning of brown fat), and make you feel stronger overall. Who wouldn’t want all of those benefits! Read More

Los Angeles Tough Mudder – March 2017

Crossing the line with my buddy and training partner @garrettwilchek

Craig Cooper Los Angeles Tough Mudder

Everest 2.0 obstacle climb

Craig Cooper Tough Mudder

 

Best New Reality Adventure Show for 2016 – Cynopsis TV Awards

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Ageist Magazine Profile – Craig Cooper

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Ageist Profile – click link below:

craig cooper, 53, author, athlete, serial entrepreneur, and advocate for the health of men.

6 Things I Do First Thing In The Morning For A Stronger and Healthier Day

 

Craig Cooper

I get asked a lot about my morning routine that I wrote about in my book.

I’ve found that having a set morning routine is fundamental to preparing myself for the events and challenges of the day. What you do (and moreover – what you don’t do) in that period immediately after you wake can put you on a path to a stronger and healthier day.

Here’s 6 things that work for me (in the specific order that I follow immediately on waking): Read More

Media Links – “Adventure Capitalists” on CNBC

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Craig Cooper, host of CNBC’s “Adventure Capitalists,” discusses the show’s premiere, and the nature of entrepreneurship live on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”

“Adventure Capitalists” Season 1, Episode 1 – Mountains and Lakes: (ElectraFin motorized paddleboard, Fusar Technologies integrated helmet communications system, SlingFin tents

Behind the Scenes of Episode 1 of “Adventure Capitalists” (Lakes and Mountain) with Craig Cooper

“Adventure Capitalists” Season 1, Episode 2 – Desert: (Rungu electric bike, Shouldit hydration vest, InstPrivy portable toilet

Behind the Scenes of Episode 2 of “Adventure Capitalists” (Desert) with Craig Cooper

More media links and full episodes for streaming here

It’s Happening! Series Premiere Trailer – “Adventure Capitalists”

How Not To Get Fit: Running Marathons

Legend has it that around about 490 BC, a Greek messenger ran the twenty-six-and- change-mile route from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory at the Battle of Marathon. Now, a couple of millennia later, about half a million people annually pay hefty entrance fees and spend months preparing to run 26.2 miles in marathons the world over.

I don’t necessarily fault them; I’ve run marathons myself, along with a few other ultra-long-distance running events.

But here’s the part of the marathon-origin story that most long-distance runners forget: after he delivered his message, the messenger died.

If only he’d had Skype.

And this fleet-footed Greek was a professional messenger. He routinely did runs of this distance. On the day he did his Marathon run, he had fought in the Battle of Marathon. Talk about an overachiever.

The same unfortunate fate befell Micah True, the long-distance runner who is one of the heroes of Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run. After decades of running distances of up to one hundred miles at a stretch, he died at age fifty-eight while on a routine training run.

It’s unlikely you’ll suffer the Greek messenger’s fate if you decide to run a single marathon and you prepare well for it. But, whatever your buddy at the office, or your Facebook friend Pat, or your son tells you, by no means should you consider long- distance running a viable way to improve your health and longevity, nor should you consider it something to do on a regular basis.

If you are a 120-pound, 8 percent body fat, Nike-sponsored slip of a thing who is obviously genetically suited for such madness (and making good money off it), knock yourself out; it’s your livelihood, and you do what you have to do. Failing that, though, running marathons—or even running long distances frequently—is not an effective way to get fit. It may even be bad for your health.

Here’s why: As guys, we’re highly susceptible to the “more is better” myth. If running two miles three times a week is good for you, we assume that ten miles seven times a week must be great for you. It’s not so. For one thing, the nutritional requirements of training for and completing a marathon—bars, gels, sports drinks, and the like, all of which are variations on straight sugar—are antithetical to good eating habits. A few long-distance athletes, such as Ironman Dave Scott and ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, eat plant-based diets, so it can be done without eating all the processed, sugary crap. But junk is so ubiquitous at these events, and so much a part of the culture of training, that it can be hard to avoid.

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Goodnight and Goodbye to An Epic Week of Filming and Adventure

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Rucking 5,000 Steps with 50Lb’s for My 53rd Birthday This Week

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