Sanjay Rao

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Light Cardio and Core Warmup

Before you kick things into high gear, a warmup is crucial! This mix of cardio with core moves will warm up your core and help to tone your abs. …

Yoga Poses, Classes, Meditation, and Life - On and Off the Mat - Namaste

You may be experiencing an injury and all that comes with it, but you are not your injury. Here are 5 ways to recover mentally, physically, and …

On Ideas & Ideologies

I mainly criticize ideas and ideologies because ideas fundamentally affect human welfare. Most of the time my focus is on ideologies and not people. …

Another Idiot Pinning Terror on the Poor

Most people realize after a little bit of observing and thinking that terrorism is not a matter of poverty. In most cases, the terrorists themselves …

The Iron Lady who Fought for Freedom

<i>“Freedom, freedom, freedom . . . Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, A long way from my home,”</i> sang Richie Havens at Woodstock. Lots of people …

Why a Vote for the AAP is a vote for the Congress

I don’t usually argue with people’s claims about their objectives but once in a while when I see a claim that is absurdly irrational, I cannot but …

Hauled from the archives: The Three-ring Anti-corruption Circus is in Town

Alright, time to get down to some serious work. The weekend is here and I have places to go, people to meet. And of course I have to get back to …

Three Lessons of Development Economics, or Why Utsav Mitra is Mistaken

The <b>first lesson</b> of development economics is that <i>economic policies matter</i>. Even if a country has everything going for it, lack of good policies …

India Suffers from Bad Governance

India is not doomed to be poor due to factors outside its control. Yet India is desperately, depressingly, chronically, and acutely poor. Why is that …

All Men are Created Equal but Nations are Not

Why are nations unequal? Apparently a simple question but hard to answer. I am writing a set of columns on that topic with reference to India. Here’s …

The Case Against Government Compensation of Crime Victims

Money does grow on trees. Quite a bit of it is printed on stuff that is grown — wood cellulose & cotton. But money is not wealth. It is easy to …

India is a Democracy — but that’s not all that it is

I have had the privilege of calling both India and the US home, and have had the opportunity of observing both from near as well as from afar. I am …

If you want peace, prepare to be ruthlessly just and fair

The 3rd president of Pakistan, General Yahya Khan, must be the original “My Name is Khan.” In 1971 he instructed the Pakistani army to “Kill 3 …

Markets are the Greatest Invention

<b>Markets</b><p>I maintain that the idea of markets ranks amongst the greatest inventions of humankind, up there with the wheel, fire and zero. It is also …

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves — Revisited

Two quotes (hauled from this Dec 2012 post) that are worth remembering.<p>“Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact …

Market Structure, Political Parties and Collusion

Political parties are like firms in the marketplace. The same principles that drive the behavior of firms drive the behavior of political parties. …

The Reasons that the Congress Survives

The Congress has been arguably extremely successful in maintaining its stranglehold on India despite — and perhaps because of — its evident failures …

The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them . . .

The good is oft interred with their bones. Shakespeare, that great observer of the world that fallible humans inhabit, was right on the mark. Being …

The Man Who Planted Trees. In real life.

“The Man Who Planted Trees” is one of those inspiring stories that I have re-read dozens of time and I still get goosebumps while reading it. <br>It’s …

Happy 4th of July

<i>“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,</i> …

6 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

Diet Mistakes Causing Your Weight-Loss Plateau<p>Food journal? Check. Regular workouts? Yes, indeed. Enough fiber to keep an entire army regular? You …

Risk Factors for Injury in New Runners

Study identifies an easygoing personality as a leading risk factor.<p>If you're a new runner who is easygoing, overweight and 55 years old, you might get injured more easily than a fellow new runner who is an uptight, lean, 35-year-old, according to a study published in the <i>Orthopaedic Journal of</i> …

How to Choose an Ultrarunning Hydration Pack

And, how to pack it if you're tackling a long adventure race.<p><i>I’m training to run Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon and a few other 12+ hour adventure runs this year. Could you share tips on how to pack your gear and any ideas on packs for women? I followed your adventures on Facebook when you ran the</i> …

Can Emotional and Mental Stresses Impact Performance?

A high school XC runner is trying to transition to college track.<p><i>Hello my name is Anna, I'm 18 years old and will be running cross country and track at ASU next year. I ran cross country this past fall and won state. My PR is 18:13 for 3.1 miles. I am just now starting up track and have been very</i> …

Why Do My Calf Muscles Cramp When I Run?

Causes could be muscles fatigue, dehydration or other syndromes.<p><i>Doc- Hope you can give me some advice on this. I have been experiencing cramps/spasms in my calves for about two years now. I am 43, and have been running competitively since I was 11. I never had these issues until I ran my first</i> …

The Brain and Physical Limits

Researchers improve endurance by applying electricity to the brain.<p>Quick follow-up on some research I blogged about a few months ago, about a Brazilian study in which they applied direct electric current to a part of the brain associated with feelings of discomfort, and found that cyclists were …

Motivational Poster #46

Why do I run? If you have to ask, you'll never understand.