Asian Massive 2005
 

Catalyze 02.25.19

Four Ms every Monday. A weekly round-up of music, movement, mind, and mood. 
Along with Catalyze on Mondays, I'll be doing a weekly podcast debrief every Friday. Make sure to check out EarthRise 57 : MDMA in relationship counseling, Spotify spying, and #metoo blues. You can also subscribe to EarthRise on all major podcast providers, including Spotify. And if you're on that platform, check out my latest playlist, The Soul of Reggae
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Derek

 
Nas
 

Music

I learned about Gully Boy, a coming-of-age film about an Indian boy obsessed with making it as a hip-hop artist, when Karsh Kale posted about his involvement on the score. Turns out the soundtrack keeps getting better and better. Discovering that Nas collaborated with Indian emcees Divine, Naezy, and Ranveer Singh forced me to verify that it wasn’t one of those Spotify scams in which D-level artists post their tracks as someone famous to get “noticed.” Not so. The track is not just authentic, it’s hot.

 
Do Not Disturb
 

Mind

I’ve spent a lot of mental energy thinking and writing about the neurological dangers of smartphones, including a piece published just this morningNY Times technology writer, Kevin Roose, has not only contemplated these problems but took a month to address it:

I don’t love referring to what we have as an “addiction.” That seems too sterile and clinical to describe what’s happening to our brains in the smartphone era. Unlike alcohol or opioids, phones aren’t an addictive substance so much as a species-level environmental shock.

Cutting down his daily usage for over five hours to roughly an hour, Roose doesn’t suggest a “cleanse,” “detox,” or cold-turkey abandonment. Instead, he cuts down on his usage in an approachable and manageable manner. If you don’t have the attention to read his entire article, you’re a perfect candidate for the techniques prescribed within.

 
Brad Terrell Adduction
 

Movement

I received the best compliment possible after my ViPR/Kettlebell Combo class yesterday. The husband of a regular student, who had never moved with me before, said, “You worked all the areas of my body I avoid.” Bingo.

Part of this sequence of adductor-strengthening exercises by Brad Terrell was included in that class. It’s incredible how much adduction and abduction play in our lives, yet so few workouts address this. Kudos to Terrell for focusing here (he has an older video on abduction as well).

 
40 pushups
 

Mood

Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10, according to a new study out of Harvard. Incredibly, this pushup test is even more revealing than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.

As I write in this article for Big Think, this is specific to middle-aged men—older and less active men (the study included 1,104 firefighters) and women likely have different markers. Still, it’s a reminder of how important being able to carry your own weight is.