Living Healthy Doesn’t Need A Membership Card

It seems like the modern age has been one of the fad diet and exercise programs. Almost every day we are bombarded with new ways to lose weight and eat healthier; despite these attempts at living healthy we are fatter and more unhealthy than ever.

This is truly depressing information. Despite being in a technological golden age people cannot manage to get the basics of a healthy lifestyle down pat. They think they need expensive club memberships or prepackaged foods to maintain a healthy standard of living. This is of course all rubbish. What it really takes is a personal commitment to your own well-being. It’s an unpopular truth, but one that needs to be heard.

Some of the basics of living a healthy lifestyle include eating well, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and of course not smoking. If you cover these four issues you’re already well on your way to good health.

And yet people do not do these four very basic things. Instead of walking on a daily basis they buy expensive gym membership that they never use. Instead of eating a healthy balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits and yes even fat they buy expensive prepared meals that were created in a laboratory. Instead of getting a good eight hours of sleep at night they buy hyper caffeinated products to keep them awake longer.

It’s almost as though people have a self-defeating attitude about living healthy. They’re much more interested in the process of living healthy than actually doing it. The good news is that these behaviors are easy to correct; and, with time damage that has been done over the years can be reversed. It’s just a matter of time and patience. You can’t quit smoking in a day, and you can start eating healthy overnight. But what you can do is take small steps to improve your life.

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Flux Seed — Congrats to the first Google X spinout! Building better buildings
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Excited to see my most recent investment announced today! Flux Factory is the first Google X spinout, taking a data and software-driven approach to building design and optimization.

I first brainstormed with Astro Teller and Sebastian Thrun about this idea when they were forming Google X and looking for the largest markets in the world that look ripe for disruption from advancing information technology and machine learning. The trillion spent each year on buildings certainly qualified, and it is staggering; the global construction industry is growing from 13% of the entire global economy to 15% in 2020. Honored to join Astro on the Board.

More from Flux:

The founding team sought a radical solution to reduce the environmental footprint of buildings, while simultaneously addressing rising demand for buildings driven by rapid urbanization. “The power required to heat, cool, light, and power devices in the places we live and work is responsible for 40% of our carbon emissions. Much of this power is wasted due to inadequate design, antiquated technology, and poor construction quality,” noted Michelle Kaufmann, co-founder and architect. Over the next thirty years, the building industry needs to supply housing and workplaces for over three billion people, nearly doubling the current urban building stock.

“We simply cannot continue building the way we have. We need to leverage new technologies, massive data sets, and new processes to increase productivity, scale the scope of design, and improve the places where we live and work. At DFJ, we look for great visionaries with unique ideas that can change the world. The Flux team is a perfect example, with a powerful mission unlike any that I have ever seen,” said Steve Jurvetson, DFJ Partner who has joined Flux’s Board of Directors.

For the past year, together with a dedicated group of industry partners, the Flux team has been developing a methodology capable of managing the full complexity of designing site-adapted, high-performance, and healthy buildings. The process starts by constructing a relationship graph between the key building systems driven by owners’ business objectives. By powering the graph with data and algorithms, the system allows building owners to trade-off upfront construction cost with marketability, life-cycle operating cost, occupant experience, and environmental impact. “Our vision is to seamlessly join together and optimize an array of tools that allows architects and engineers to work at the speed of thought,” described Jen Carlile, co-founder and software engineer. Flux will continue developing and testing its software on a few select projects this year; public availability will be in early 2015.

And the news stories: Techcrunch, WSJ, Re/Code, GigaOm and IndustryTap on the construction industry size.

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