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Brad Kearns covers health, fitness, peak performance, personal growth, relationships, happiness, and longevity. Slow down, take a deep breath, take a cold plunge, and get over the high-stress, tightly wound approach that often leads to disappointment and burnout. Kearns, a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record holder in Speedgolf, and former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete, offers a diverse and sometimes spicy mix of shows: expert guest interviews, peak performance primers, and brief “Breather” shows recapping interviews or providing quick insights and how-to tips.

The Get Over Yourself Podcast Brad Kearns

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8, 131 Ratings

Brad Kearns covers health, fitness, peak performance, personal growth, relationships, happiness, and longevity. Slow down, take a deep breath, take a cold plunge, and get over the high-stress, tightly wound approach that often leads to disappointment and burnout. Kearns, a New York Times bestselling author, Guinness World Record holder in Speedgolf, and former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete, offers a diverse and sometimes spicy mix of shows: expert guest interviews, peak performance primers, and brief “Breather” shows recapping interviews or providing quick insights and how-to tips.

    Dr. Ron Sinha: How To Beat the “Covesity” Pandemic

    Dr. Ron Sinha: How To Beat the “Covesity” Pandemic

    Dr. Ron returns to the show to focus on the topic on everyone’s minds these days, and provides an extremely compelling and fresh perspective about the true mechanisms for how the virus attacks the body and how you can greatly improve your chances of getting sick. 
    In short, your aerobic condition and your body composition are directly associated with your chances of getting sick, and how sick you get. But ― if you improve your aerobic conditioning and shed the inflammatory belly fat, aka visceral fat ― you greatly reduce your chances of trouble. Dr. Ron has promoted the connection between visceral fat and health for a long time, and now brings this topic into greater focus as we all strive to reduce the risk and spread of the highly contagious Covid-19. The reason why belly fat is relevant to Covid-19? “Because belly fat releases chemicals that cause your immune system to overreact ― which is what we’re trying to prevent with Covid-19,” says Dr. Ron.
    We hear plenty of anxiety-producing content from mainstream news outlets, so why not listen to this self-described “eternal optimist” discuss how to get healthier, how society will adjust in many positive ways (including more teleworking to increase worker efficiency), and more telemedicine (which can provide further insights to the doctor about how you live your life at home). Dr. Ron’s goal is to simply take people out of “panic mode” and prepare them for the “long haul” that lies ahead, which is why he thinks it is imperative that we, “Stop looking at Covid as an infectious disease, and more as a lifestyle disease.”
    Be sure to visit Dr. Ron’s highly informative site, culturalhealthsolutions.com, read the article when he affectionately calls the “Covesity” pandemic, and also download a free eBook titled, The Covid Survival Guide here.  You can also listen to past Get Over Yourself episodes with Dr. Ron, like Aging Gracefully, Medicine and Mindset, and Avoiding Heart Attacks and Evolving Your Perspective On Healthy Eating. 

    Introducing Dr. Ron, Brad mentions the new term “covesity” which is the association of the state of poor health during this time of COVID-19. [04:50]
    Dr. Sinha talks about the benefits of telemedicine with patients. [07:51]
    There are fewer medical appointments as people are sheltering in place.  This worries Dr. Sinha. [09:02]
    We've got to get out of the vision and thinking that COVID is basically exclusively an infectious disease. [10:06]
    It all depends on your body and your mind and how you are going to respond to this. [14:06]
    Brad asks Dr. Sinha whether we are making too much fuss of this. It’s about keeping your body healthy. [15:27]
    If you have elevated belly fat versus fat in other areas, there is increased risk factor for heart disease and cancer.  [19:52]
    Looking at the bloodwork can tell you about your risk factors. Vitamin D is also very important to look at.  [25:30]
    How are people getting taken down by this still since the shelter in place started? [28:57]
    You can be asymptomatic and be a carrier. There is still a lot of potential to spread. [31:48]
    Brad asks the doctor if his medical training included anything this severe as a pandemic. [34:16]
    Learning diaphragmatic breathing makes a huge difference. [35:22]
    Overall, it looks like physical activity is increasing during this time. [38:38]
    Micro workouts are a great breakthrough in the fitness industry. [40:20]
    It’s not just standing up and getting into that but having variation throughout the workday. [43:58]
    Get moving.  It is important to move every 30 to 40 minutes. [45:38]
    Maybe we can expect the corporate world to learn some healthy lessons during this COVID 19 sheltering experience.  [48:20]
    Around the 40 to 45-minute mark of sitting, we start to produce inflammatory cytokines. [50:07]
    The viral lo

    • 56 min
    Highlights From The Get Over Yourself Podcast, Part 1 (Breather Episode with Brad)

    Highlights From The Get Over Yourself Podcast, Part 1 (Breather Episode with Brad)

    I am so grateful that I’ve been able to connect with such a wide variety of interesting people through this show - to hear their stories, learn from their wisdom, and gain insight into experiences I never would have had access to. This show will encapsulate some of the best moments and lessons that have been featured on Get Over Yourself - from Dr. John Gray to Dr. Peter Attia to Amanda Renteria, this episode is packed with some seriously profound insights you will be able to apply to any area of life.
    What We’ll Learn From…. 
    Dr. Peter Attia:
    “There’s enough information out there for people to get a sense of what we should and shouldn’t eat.” “People tend to get confused about things that don’t matter.” “The insight is: if you do this for long enough, it matters.”  
    Elle Russ, author of Confident As F*ck and The Paleo Thyroid Solution:
    “I was forced to follow my passion.”  
    Brian MacKenzie:
    “More is not better, better is better.” “We’re now starting to understand the interconnectivity of the brain and respiration and how your respiration is a part of your central nervous system. In fact, we believe it’s the remote control. Your emotions, your pain, your muscles going to work, stress of any sort, there are dedicated respiration patterns that go off the moment those are happening on an autonomic level.”  
    My favorite guest/person, Mia Moore:
    “You have to make a conscious choice not to sweat the small stuff. That’s not easy.” “When someone’s venting, you don’t want to hear [the other person] tell you what to do...they’re probably already figured it out. They probably just want someone to hear them vent.”  
    Dr. Elisha Goldstein:
    It’s important to learn how to actively relax your nervous system: “If your body is bracing, the first step is to actively soften your body.”  
    Mark Sisson:
    A calculated risk is still a risk.  
    Dr. Wendy Walsh:
    “When the man makes less than the woman, he is far more likely to cheat.”  
    Amanda Renteria:
    “We’ve got to start changing this image of leadership.”  
    Gitta Sivander:
    “Being able to be authentic, and being able to be present, will allow for us to be more confident.”  
    “How can we be responsible for ourselves as adults if we don’t learn to be responsible for ourselves as children? We need to learn that from early on.”  
    Ben Greenfield:
    “Taking a step back and looking at this bigger picture of enjoying the entire experience of eating - I think it would benefit everyone to focus on that, rather than get into the nitpicking.”  
    Martin Brauns:
    “Make sure you check your own intentions.”  
    “Look for the folks who get the results done, but through non-heroic, well planned and paced, thoughtful work.”  
    Dave Kobrine:
    “It’s not using willpower, it’s about habit. And habits you just do automatically.” “If you’re not in control of what you feel and what you say, then somebody else - and that somebody else is your fear mechanism - this big part of your brain that reacts for you.”  
    Enjoy the show, and stay tuned for part 2!
    First guest, Peter Attia, emphasizes the simplicity of the basic needs for a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, exercise, sleep.  [01:27]
    Elle Russ talks about her comeback from a serious arm injury.  [05:33]
    Brian MacKenzie talks about the interconnectivity of the brain and respiration. [11:32]
    People need to vent.  At that time, they don’t need advice. (The Mia Moore Show) [16:13]
    Elisha Goldstein talks about our addiction to our phones and how detrimental that is. [19:36]
    Mark Sisson talks about the proper mindset for an entrepreneurial journey such as his. [24:42]
    Psychologist Wendy Walsh puts forth her perspective on relationship dynamics in the modern world. [26:2

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Abel James: Keepin’ It Real And Keepin’ It Wild

    Abel James: Keepin’ It Real And Keepin’ It Wild

    I catch up with the Fat Burning Man himself, Abel James. Abel has been a prominent voice in the ancestral health community for nearly a decade with his sensational Fat Burning Man podcast (check out my episode on Abel’s show!). Abel is a free-thinking guy who is not afraid to speak his mind and call out the BS in the diet or fitness scene. He describes starting his podcast out of frustration that Jillian Michaels (the Biggest Loser trainer) had the top podcast (he later took her down with his fast growing show). Abel describes his background as a devoted distance runner who was getting fatter and less healthy despite his devoted training, thanks to an overly stressful lifestyle. A precocious and prodigious learner, Abel took matters into his own hands and embarked upon his path to reclaim his personal health and also become a thought leader in the process. He also expresses his creativity through music — Abel is an accomplished musician with a long career playing hundreds of shows annually.
    Abel’s approach to health is more inclusive and progressive than you will find virtually anywhere else. His sensational book, The Wild Diet, offers a simple, sensible, sustainable, non-denominational approach to healthy eating that cuts through the hype and propaganda and helps you enjoy the experience of eating a variety of foods as close to their natural — wild! — state as possible.
    Abel brings out his multi-dimensional personality in this show, as he describes his continued passion for music (and how it helps him rejuvenate from long days behind the mic!), his increasing attention to spirituality, primarily accessed by connecting with nature, and the vagabond travels that he and his wife and business partner Allyson have enjoyed in recent years that led them to a very special and spiritual current stopping point of Crestone, CO.
    Enjoy this episode with Abel, and to learn more about him, head over to FatBurningMan.com and check out his long-standing highly ranked podcast, The Fat Burning Man Show.
    Abel, a musician, has connected with a community of close-knit people as he travels around looking for clean air which is getting harder to find. [05:57]
    He is finding spiritual growth by gravitating to the mountain communities. [14:11]
    The surrounding environment has a tremendous impact on us and sometimes we don’t even notice that. [17:44]
    When talking about diet, people get confused because the words don’t necessarily explain the concept. [22:39]
    Many athletes are raised to think: no pain, no gain. [26:44]
    Most people are generally too still throughout the day. Think about mini workouts. [28:48]
    If you surround yourself with reminders of things you want to accomplish, they will encourage you of what you need to do. [35:12]
    How does music play into the ability to be the best you can in the career and healthy living goals? [39:21]
    During a year without the internet, Abel created Virtual Reality videos. [42:07]
    We need to get our power back and be clear about what we deserve. [47:11]
    We are all consumers.  Make sure you are a conscious consumer. [51:52]
    We are conditioned to never be satisfied. That gets in the way of healthy living. [56:49]
    Fasting gives you experiences you’ve never had in your life. [58:12]
    Abel’s podcasts have giving him amazing lessons. [58:53]
    Abel James CAR.O.L Brad’s Shopping page Let’s Get Checked Wild Diet Mark's Daily Apple.com Designer Babies Still Get Scabies QUOTES:
    "Emphasize the effort toward improvement, rather than the end result." "Do the things you’re bad at." "The Wild Diet simplifies things that are extremely complicated."


    • 1 hr 5 min
    Listener Q&A - What Our Genes Expect, The Benefits of Slowing Down, and Are All Carbs Created Equal?(Breather Episode with Brad)

    Listener Q&A - What Our Genes Expect, The Benefits of Slowing Down, and Are All Carbs Created Equal?(Breather Episode with Brad)

    Lately, I’ve gotten quite a few questions from listeners about the importance of factoring in your maximum aerobic heart rate minus your age when exercising. I’ve talked a lot about the benefits you receive from doing this practice, but what happens when you (accidentally) exceed that figure? Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to go over your ideal training heart rate. But it’s very important to be careful about not exceeding that number when you’re building cardio endurance and getting better at burning fat - because if you do, the metabolic effects of your workout will be altered. This is because exceeding your maximum heart rate causes you to tap into “glucose burning,” which will make it more difficult for your body to go back to a fat-burning state. However, it’s totally understandable how people can easily go over their max heart rate, so be sure to use a wireless heart monitor and keep at it with the MAF method of training!
    Speaking of slowing down, I then tackle a question from a listener, a surgeon who has been taking a polarized approach to training (either low intensity or going super hard) and has been grappling with how he feels when he goes low-carb, for years. He also doesn’t find the literature or data supporting the low-carb argument to be especially strong, and wants to know if I know of any competitive Nordic skiers who have done well on a low carb diet? What an interesting question….as long as you’re doing a good job with your fat-burning workouts, and not drifting into glucose burning (by using the MAF training method) then you should be fine. But if you’re doing a lot of glucose burning workouts and consuming a lot of carbs, you will gain a lot from slowing down and pacing your workouts. This is because slowing down ultimately helps you go faster. 
    When it comes to the question of the amount of carbs that you should eat, focus more on the type of carbs you’re eating first. Try to stay away from refined carb products like pasta, bread, even those super tempting gluten-free pizza crusts - sure, they are gluten-free, but it’s also still processed food. You only live once, so of course you should enjoy some pizza every once in a while, but in terms of a sustainable carb source, you can’t go wrong with root vegetables. Because they’re whole foods, they make the best go-to carbohydrate option you can choose from. Plus, they’re loaded with nutrients. Try beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, potatoes, and things that are not as common, like taro and plantain, which are both super delicious. If you want to add some flavor, try mixing a little bit of curry powder with Primal Kitchen mayonnaise (and a splash of water or lemon juice) for an awesome dipping sauce for your sweet potato fries, or try frying some plantain slices in coconut oil and a little salt - delicious, easy, and satisfying! You also might find it most helpful to simply focus less on carbs, and more on nutrients. Most importantly - listen to your appetite. This has been a wonderful revelation for me recently and has allowed me to optimize my carb intake in conjunction with days that I perform more intense workouts. And, it also allows me to enjoy one of my favorite snacks, popcorn, without regressing into the Fatty Popcorn Boy again. Ultimately, going with the flow more and listening to your intuition is what I have found works best for me.
    Interestingly, one of the original definitions in the dictionary of the word “diet” used to signify a day’s journey, or a way of thinking. So why not approach your diet the old-school way? You can’t go wrong if you just take it day by day, go with the flow, and respect your intuition and your natural appetite.
    Justin asks what is damaged if you go over the Maximum Aerobic Heart Rate of 180 minus your age?  He says it’s easy to go over. [02:36]
    Lee from M

    • 30 min
    Dr. Cate Shanahan - The Fatburn Fix

    Dr. Cate Shanahan - The Fatburn Fix

    I welcome one of the most knowledgeable straight-shooting leaders in the health world, Dr. Cate Shanahan. Please enjoy her previous shows, Setting Things Straight, The Four Pillars of Health, and How To Become Cancer Proof! The occasion of her return visit is the publication of her long-awaited new book, The Fatburn Fix. In this show Cate will explain just why the nasty industrial seed oils (canola, soybean, corn, etc.), which are still very prevalent in most diets, thanks to widespread use in restaurants and in processed foods, will royally mess up the number one attribute for healthy living: Dr. Cate argues that this is your ability to burn fat. If you cannot burn fat efficiently, all bets are off when it comes to fasting, going keto, or even building fitness.
    Dr. Cate also breaks down the four aspects of our fat burning systems: mitochondria, hormones, body fat, and the appetite center in the brain. You’ll also learn the name of the man Dr. Cate believes is most responsible for our disastrous departure from natural saturated fats into the disease caused by excess consumption of unhealthy polyunsaturated fats. This dietary transition that occurred in the 50s and 60s, and spread across the world, has caused millions of premature deaths and health destruction...yes, primarily thanks to one “liar pants” man who Cate calls out for us.
    This is a fascinating discussion that will make you feel proactive about making some big changes in your lifestyle and diet, even if you already consider yourself to be a pretty healthy person, because as William Shewfelt said when he was on the show, “There’s always more you can do.” True, there is always more to learn about health, and there are always things you can try out and incorporate (or eliminate) in order to ensure you’re living as healthily as possible. If you’re someone who eats healthy food but still eats snacks throughout the course of a day, you’ll be inspired to change that habit once you hear Dr. Cate explain how snacking affects the body. If you’re someone who likes to get take out food from “healthy” restaurants, you’ll be compelled to check out what cooking oils they use, and will probably hold off from ordering from them for a while, unless you can get them to cook in avocado oil or butter! Enjoy the show, and empower yourself with the knowledge you’ll gain from some seriously fascinating insights about health and the food industry from a true expert, Dr. Cate Shanahan!
    Dr. Cate is going to talk about the four categories of the fat-burning system. [04:00]
    The ability to burn body fat trumps all other factors like family history, genetics, or whether you smoke, or how fit you are. [06:33]
    We screw up our natural ability to burn fat by eating refined industrial seed oils as a regular part of our American diet. [09:28]
    When the evidence is so clear, they still sell industrial seed oils everywhere. [13:49]
    You can make your own mayonnaise at home. [16:36]
    What is wrong with canola oil comparing it with the healthier oils? [18:45]
    If you still think saturated fat is unhealthy, you need to do some more research. [24:20]
    We are hungry shortly after eating if we don’t get saturated fats. [30:10]
    Metabolism is composed of mitochondria that produce energy, hormones that store and release energy, body fat itself and appetite regulator in the brain. [32:52]
    The reason we have Type 2 Diabetes is from eating too much polyunsaturated fatty acids. (PUFA), not from too much carbs. [35:23]
    The average person now is metabolically damaged, even children. [42:43]
    Once you start building a healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch, you will notice within hours that your mitochondria are functioning better. [49:34]
    Snacking doesn’t allow for the hunger clock to be reset properly.  [51:01]
    The Fatburn Fix book explains why you want to focus o

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Listener Q&A: Training For a 5K on Keto and the Life-Changing Advice That Got One Listener Off Meds - For Good! (Breather Episode with Brad)

    Listener Q&A: Training For a 5K on Keto and the Life-Changing Advice That Got One Listener Off Meds - For Good! (Breather Episode with Brad)

    How much should you eat? Should you increase your carb intake? And if you’re eating six eggs for breakfast, but getting hunger pains by noon, then what is that a sign of? I cover all these questions and more in today’s breather episode dedicated to answering some awesome inquiries sent in from listeners. 
    Most of the questions I’ll cover today center around fitness, food, and fasting. First up is a question from a listener, Tim, who’s now at the half-way point of his Keto reset Mastery course (congrats!), and has found that he’s actually lost too much weight. I advise him to double his carb intake, as well as increase fat, in order to regain a few of the (many) pounds he’s lost.
    Up next is a question from a listener who is an active and healthy 32-year-old mother of two. She’s kept up with her running, does marathons, and eats very clean, nutrient-dense food. But she’s struggling with the fact that, after her breakfast of six eggs, she’ll still get super hungry by noon. She’s feeling frustrated by this as she would prefer to just eat in a smaller window, but there is no reason to get discouraged or frustrated. Listen to your body! When your hunger calls, go make yourself a healthy, nutritious meal. If you’re craving sweet potatoes, eat them! If you’re craving protein, go for that - just pay attention to what your body is telling you. Especially if you are breast-feeding, you will definitely need the extra calories and nutrients, not just for you, but for your growing baby!
    Here’s a great question: is it possible to effectively train for a 5K, while eating a keto diet? Sure, but you do need to train sensibly in order to support your ketogenic diet goals. Otherwise, it’ll be too much stress on your body.
    We wrap up with a wonderful, thoughtful message from Kristin, a listener who’s been tuning in to the podcast during her long commute to work. She shares the exciting news that she has been able to get off Nexium after 16 years of taking it! Turns out, acid reflux can easily be taken care of through diet, not medication. Kristin and her husband started a total lifestyle transformation after reading The Keto Reset Diet. They completely changed their diet, monitored their screen exposure, got on a great sleep schedule, and dropped 34 pounds combined! And all of this happened because Kristin’s husband just happened upon the book: “I think the moment he decided to purchase that book would be one of those explosive, random events that Art de Vany refers to...it certainly radically altered the course of our lives.” That’s huge, so congrats Kristin, and thanks so much for writing in.
    That’s all for today - I love reading your thought-provoking questions, so keep ‘em coming, and enjoy your life man!
    Tim, who is half-way through his Keto reset Mastery course, is asking what to do now that he has lost too much weight. Should he double his carb intake?  [04:08]
    A 32-year old mother of two runs marathons and eats large eggs for breakfast with butter around 8:00 or 9:00 and finds herself hungry again about noon. What is she to do? [06:26]
    People who are athletic or have additional demands have an even greater need for a nutrient-dense diet.  If you are hungry…eat (the right things, of course.). [11:18]
    Can you effectively train for a 5K to achieve a PR while on a ketogenic diet? [12:13]
    Kristin’s letter describes how hers and her husband’s life has changed drastically from following Brad’s advice.  She got off Nexium after 16 years by modifying her diet. [17:55]
    Brad’s Shopping page Keto Reset Mastery Online Video Course  Art DeVany podcast William Shewfelt podcast Amberly Lago podcast Keto for Life  

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Tim DiFrancesco ,

I can’t get enough of this!!!

Brad brings the heat! He is as good as anyone at getting to the point of what it takes to live a healthier and more epic life.

Scott - Oak Park ,

Take a cold plunge!

Always brings a huge smile to my face every time I see that a new episode of this podcast has dropped.

Excellent content and insight from an amazing variety of guests. Everything from biohackers, doctors, athletes, entrepreneurs, authors, scientists, researchers, and other fellow podcasters.

I love Brad’s interviewing style (and rapping/hip-hop) sense of humor, storytelling, and extensive knowledge and passion for all of us ancestral health and fitness enthusiasts out there.

GOY has something new and informative every episode.

With gratitude,

Scott - Chicago

drjkrause ,

A entertaining listen!

Brad is hilarious and makes learning about health fun! I love his passion for fitness and love for cold plunges. He inspires you to be better at any age. Keep up the great work Brad!

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