Understanding Endurance through [R]Evolutionary Science


Taking the best, and latest, scientific methods, and research, from multiple fields to better understand human endurance


Exploring endurance limits using both psychological and physiological measures


Positioning our knowledge of endurance within our evolutionary heritage, human genome and somatic nervous system (i.e. body and bodily sensations)

Adaptations From Our Evolutionary Past Impact Sports Psychology Today

The effect of evolutionary psychology on sport The Theory of Natural Selection is able to unify all species, past and present. Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection shook the world when[…]

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Mismatch Illnesses — Why We No Longer Fit the World in Which We Live

What can save us from ourselves? A giraffe wandering the plains of the African Savanna reaches high into the lush foliage near the top of the tree. An impala –[…]

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Exercise Can Help Reduce the Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease

As little as 10 minutes of exercise improves cognitive impairment Recent research has shown that not only does exercise benefit our general cardiovascular health, but also our mental well-being. Indeed,[…]

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Mental Toughness Provides the Athlete With Both a Natural and a Developed Edge

But do we really understand what mental toughness is? A better understanding of the psychological factors that elevate sporting performance will lead to improved evidence-based, practical, psychological intervention for athletes.[…]

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There is No Magic 10,000 Hours Rule

The popular account of deliberate practice is wrong No one, no matter how gifted, is born an expert in chess, or with the ability to play the violin. And no one, no[…]

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Why We Need to Stop Relying on the V02 Max Test

There are better measures to predict endurance performance The V02 max test is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen our body can use during intense exercise. The test[…]

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Our capacity for 
endurance is without limits

True understanding of our capacity for endurance is likely to result from placing our psychology within a truly ecological context, and an embodied mind, including our evolutionary history, our somatic nervous system (i.e. the body and bodily sensations) and our genetics.

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