Cities are necessary. I’m just glad I don’t have to live in one. If you’re from the concrete jungle and curious about the appeal of the country, keep reading. Here are 5 reasons I love my rural lifestyle.
When it comes to strength, fitness, and general health, there's a lot more to it then just lifting heavy weights. In fact, if that's all you do you'll likely have problems. Therapeutic massage might not be something you've thought much about. Up until recently, I was the same, but after having a conversation with my friend Melanie Blain, a retired massage therapist, I realize more than ever that there's more to optimal body function than imposing training stress. Read our conversation.
If you’ve read my Cabin Chronicles series, you know that I built a small house in the woods where I now live with my wife, daughter, and cat. I started the project at 19, with virtually no knowledge or experience in construction. I’m 27 now, and if I could go back, I’d do it again. This article is to present you with some of the benefits of this self-building approach.
The Man Factory is about urging you to embrace the second option. That goes for exercise and life in general. When faced with challenges, each choice you make contributes to your character, either for good or ill. If you're serious about getting mentally and physically tough and strong, it's vital to keep this in mind. Here are four strategies for harnessing challenges in your life to boost your toughness and become a better man.
Even in my rural community of Manitoulin Island, almost nobody gets real Christmas trees anymore. Artificial trees are certainly easier, and I don't want to knock them, but I was raised on real Christmas trees cut from the back lot of my parents' land, and I want to keep that tradition alive. Watch a video of my hunt for this year's tree.
Cardio often gets a bad rap for as the boring type of exercise, and sometimes that's true. Hours sweating on a treadmill isn't my idea of a captivating workout, but cardio doesn't have to be so repetitive. Check out my video on turning everyday tasks like shoveling snow into interesting, high intensity cardio sessions.
Diet and fitness fads have been around a long time, and one would think by now it's clear they don't usually work. Apparently not.
Although at no other time in history have more gym memberships, fitness products and diet books been sold, we're achieving record numbers of overweight and obese people in this country.
The cabin in the woods where my wife and I live has been an 8-year project, off and on. Lately I've been working on the last details of weatherproofing the outside. Check out my video tour of the work I've been doing.
The ability to light a fire in a woodstove or fireplace might not seem important you, especially if you don't heat with wood. It's still a good skill to have, though. Click to watch a video of my fire building process on Manitoulin Island.
The Man Factory is about getting strong, but it's also about being capable. I feel there are some basic skills every man should have. Changing a tire is one. Watch this how-to video showing my method for switching to winter tires.