Health and Fitness

Is a “Program” Necessary to Get Fit?

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Note: I first wrote this piece 8/12/17, and included it in my e-book: GREEK PHYSIQUE: The Simple Satisfying Way to Sculpt Your Body–Even If You’re Old, Weak, Or Broken Down. I’m working on an update to the book, and will let you know when it’s out. This article is as relevant now as the day I wrote it. Maybe more… Read the rest

We Don’t Need to “Put God First”

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A friend of mine sent me to a video in which Denzel Washington was giving a commencement speech at Dillard University (2017). The key part to the speech was when he told the gathered students, faculty, and parents how important it is that we “Put God first.” It’s a very good speech, and you should see it. I’m not linking… Read the rest

God’s Power is Transmitted Through a Single Finger

Why is a discussion of God’s power on a health and fitness site? That’s a pretty simple answer: Because God is the originator of life, and therefore health. I have been interested in spiritual health my whole life. I remember being quite young and “praying” to God while lying in my bed, by simply closing my eyes and noticing light… Read the rest

Which Fitness Path Should I Choose?

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled byAnd that has made all the difference.Robert Frost The Road Not Taken There are many ways to get fit. Many of these ways are not attractive—at least not to me. Long, boring cardio, burpees till you puke… You get the idea. There are new, trendy, fitness routines… Read the rest

What Old School™ Is All About… And Patrick Takes the Plunge!

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I’m Patrick Rooney, and I’m the Founder of Old School™. We help people who have lost their ability to fully enjoy an active life due to nagging injuries and disuse, to regain that ability, through simple, affordable, traditional movement and practices. I’m nearly 60 now, and am in better mental, spiritual, and physical condition than I was in 20 years… Read the rest

What I Learned Passing a Kidney Stone—Old School Style!

Passing a kidney stone is a learning experience? EVERYTHING is a learning experience! This is the third time for me—label me a slow learner. The first one I attribute to using a Vitamin C product in excess many years ago. The second one, frankly, I don’t remember the cause. And now this one. You’d think with the amount of pain… Read the rest

The War On Meat is a War On MEN

Note: I’ve decided to release this piece as a single post. It’s not a short piece by any means, and clocks in at over 3,500 words. So don’t feel like you need to read it in one sitting. Hopefully, it will go down like a nice evening meal, but may take a little wine to digest. 😉 There’s a lot… Read the rest

The Biggest Little Farm Movie (an Inspirational Primer on Natural Living)

Have you ever thought about incorporating more real food into your life? Or growing some of your own food? Or even—gasp—LIVING in a more natural setting? Well, John and Molly Chester, a successful documentary filmmaker and private chef respectively, have done this on a level that may just blow your mind. After the nonstop barking of their family dog, Todd,… Read the rest

Old School™—The Cure for Modern Folly

Everything old is new again.Peter Allen The passions of my life have converged. My interests have finally come together—Old School™ is here! It has always been in my bones. I just never saw it so clear until recently. My father was a World War II Navy veteran who went through some rough experiences in the war. He was a plumber—a… Read the rest

The Real Health Manifesto

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When I ask the question, “what is health?”, what do you think of? My guess is that you think of living relatively free of debilitating illnesses, injuries, etc. That is certainly one aspect of health. But I want my posts and site to be about much more than that. Real health begins with spiritual health. There is no health without… Read the rest