363: The Best Time Of Day To Exercise, How To Be The Fittest Old Person, Top 5 Cheap Ways To Train For Altitude & More!

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January 25, 2017 Podcast: 363: The Best Time Of Day To Exercise, How To Be The Fittest Old Person, Top 5 Cheap Ways To Train For Altitude & More!

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As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Rachel Browne, the Podcast Sidekick.

New Ways To Increase Your Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

Joe says: He's from Phoenix. He's wondering if you can explain how to train your HRV with mental exercises or breathing exercises for your NatureBeat program. How can we train our HRV, much less monitor it?

How To Be The Fittest Old Person Alive

Andrea says: She's an almost 52 year old athlete who intends to win a Spartan Sprint. She wants to know if you have any sage advice for a 52 year old athlete that you might not give a 20 or 30 year old athlete. Something different than standard training and recovery techniques, something that would give her an edge?

Top 5 Cheap Ways To Train For Altitude

Mark says: He signed up for a trip to Denali in 7 months and although he has a good amount of climbing experience, he's never done anything like this. A few questions: 1) What would you recommend in terms of training strategies – strength V endurance, and certain exercise you would definitely include? 2) How does he prepare the body for the cold that they'll see up on the mountain; 3) What you recommend for dealing with high altitude, what are the best strategies and supplements? 4) Nutrition for a trip like this with 2-3 weeks of climbing. In the past he has lost lots of weight so what are you ideas/strategies for this? Thanks so much, and he loves the podcast.

Glutamine For Vegans

Monique says: She's from Victoria, BC. She has a question about Glutamine. She's a whole-foods, plant-based vegan trying to get everything she needs in her normal diet without supplementation. She was recently having a good conversation with a friend of hers who is her local health, fitness and nutrition resource. He's not super on board with the vegan lifestyle, but he supports her and always has great suggestions for how she can maximize nutrition in day to day life. His primary concern is Glutamine because she is focusing on fitness in a big way. As a conditionally essential amino acid this is something she doesn't get in a normal whole-foods, plant-based eating plan. She'd love to know your take on the situation, whether plant foods can be a sustainable source or Glutamine or whether she will need to supplement, and any other advice you have. She absolutely loves the show and is grateful in advance for you advice.

In my response, I recommend:
Thorne Glutamine capsules
Thorne Glutamine powder


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11 thoughts on “363: The Best Time Of Day To Exercise, How To Be The Fittest Old Person, Top 5 Cheap Ways To Train For Altitude & More!

  1. Adrian Ralston says:

    Hi Ben

    Thanks for the podcast, as Always informative. Can you give a study reference to echanicia and that it endurance boosting properties?



    1. Please see the following study: Whitehead MT, Martin TD, Scheet TP, Webster MJ. Running economy and maximal xygen consumption after 4 weeks of oral Echinacea supplementation. J Strength Cond Res. 2012; 26(7): 1928-33.

      The results of this double-blind study conducted on 24 men in their twenties suggest that supplementation of Echinacea results in significant increases in running economy and VO2 max.

  2. Sonia says:

    What’s the name of the once-to-be-classified-schedule-1 sleep ‘opioid’ you mentioned at the beginning? Cheers.

  3. John Crosby says:

    This episode is fantastic. Such interesting and applicable information that’s clearly presented. Always apprecuate your efforts and contributions. Cheers.

  4. John Crosby says:

    Regarding Joovv giveaway, you announced it today, Jan 25, day of podcast release, and Rachel said three more days, but Joovv site says it’s ended. Please clarify. Grateful for this opportunity but seems to have ended prematurely. Thanks.

    1. Sorry about that – we recorded the podcast a week early and got the dates mixed up!

  5. Julian Oczkowski says:

    Such a great podcast.

    Love all of them and thank you for making it happen.

    The things you talk about change my life.

    Currently reading Oxygen Advantage recommend by you.

    1. Thanks for the great feedback Julian!

  6. Rezart Mersini says:


    I loved the podcast, well, all of the episodes, but I am not listening to your podcast on iTunes, so can not give you a 5 star review on itunes…. I am using your app on my android phone, while working at work, on my standing desk( VARIDESK), and sipping on my bulletproof coffee…how can I enter for the giveaway goodies you are giving away??

    Keep up the great work, cannot wait to see what the rebranding of your business will be/look like…

    1. Rezart.. You can also leave reviews on Google play, Stitcher and iHeartRadio. If you get it organized, we’ll look out for your review!

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