At last year's Biohackers’ Summit in London, I met an intriguing 65 year old man named Veli-Jussi Jalkanen.
This guy goes by the nickname “Vessi”, and he is one of the most physically talented older men I've ever met in my life. He competes in several sports on a national and competitive level, including shooting, military 3-skill sport, diving and sprinting. He also rides horses, plays tennis both left-handed and right-handed, swims, skis, skin-dives, walks extremely long distances and swing dances. The guy can crank out 25 pullups, speaks multiple languages, owns several multinational corporations and looks like he's about 40 years old.
Vessi's primary business is the Finnish company “Salli Systems” which develops ergonomically friendly furniture based on some very unique sitting concepts, like his “Salli Saddle Chair” (a unique seat modeled after horse-riding techniques) and electrically adjustable tables with elbow and wrist support.
During our discussion, you'll discover:
-Why Vessi only spends about 10% of his day in a standing position, and what he does the rest of the time…[7:45]
-How a desk can automatically detect whether you're typing or reading…[8:50]
-How a saddle chair allows you to sit but “fools” your body into thinking you are standing…[10:50]
-Why clothing is an unfriendly nuisance to your body (and the sitting-friendly clothing that Vessi uses)…[16:30]
-How Vessi gets away with not wearing underwear all day long…[18:45]
-Why you really don't need a backrest behind your chair…[23:10]
-How Vessi taught himself to play tennis with both his right and left hands…[27:20]
-The 6 toys that Vessi keeps in his office to stay fit…[35:30]
-Why Vessi eats so many berries, and only one specific type of grain…[43:00]
-How Vessi healed himself of osteoarthritis…[50:25]
-And much more!
Resources from this episode:
-Salli's website BackDesigns.com (use code BGF2016)
-The November 18 Biohackers’ Summit in Helsinki, Finland (use 10% discount code BEN)
-The Luxe Bidet Ben uses
-The JOOVV light Ben now uses to “shine on his balls” for testosterone
-The MOGO Upright stool Ben mentions
-The JABRA 930 headset
Do you have questions, comments or feedback for Veli or me? Leave your thoughts below and one of us will reply!
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