How to Slow Down Time

how to slow down time

“The older you get, the faster time goes by?”

We’ve all heard the phrase, and it’s depressing, right?

While physics supports this theory of the perception of time – because a year at the age of 1 represents 100% of your life while a year at the age of 100 is just 1% – we don’t subscribe to the fact that half of our perceived lives are lived between the ages of 4-18 years old.

Our business has helped us sustain almost 2 years of travel. Thinking back to where we started in Ecuador in March 2018 seems like eons ago – far longer than what 11-months would typically merit.

Does this mean that it’s possible to slow down time?

Before we drag you down a time warp hole, we dug into the research and found plenty of real science to back this up. Cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists say it’s more about creating memories than the actual passage of time.

Our brain is amazing at consolidating effort and creating routine to make life easier. That’s why we can get in our car and arrive to work without even remembering how we drove there. Our brains put us on autopilot.

The problem happens when our brains do this for longer periods. If our days are too similar and blur together, our brains categorize life into “phases” and won’t make an effort to create lasting memories.

Soon, all that’s left are general memories of “the 8-years I worked in a corporate office as a plastics engineer.” While those 8-years may have been enjoyable, they don’t lend themselves to lasting memories. Therefore, time passes more quickly.

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Fortunately, it’s not that hard to change this.

Endeavor to make each year unique and individual to the others around it. Overcome analysis paralysis and take some risks. You can do this by taking on a new role at work, moving homes, or by merely “making this the year you do X, Y, and Z.”

Whether that’s going vegetarian, selling your TV, practicing yoga with your partner, starting a side-gig that brings joy, or completing quarterly At-Home Self-Care Retreats.

Adding variety will add time to your year and lasting memories to your life. As Lawrence Wright says in his book, God Save Texas:

“I’ve always believed that memories have to burn a little to make an enduring place in your heart.”

– Lawrence Wright

That’s where we come in.

We’re making it easy for you this year because we just launched our lifestyle-optimization program for couples: Just Duo It. And for this year (and this year only), it’s FREE. This program, over a year, we’ll bring you:

  • ​365 days of fuel to motivate, reconnect and strengthen your lives and marriage, straight to your inbox.
  • Powerful but simple tips on nutrition, fitness, mindset, and healthy relationships, uniquely curated and optimized for the power duo like you.
  • Access to a community of like-minded, motivated couples who are committed to engineering their best lives. Focused on healthy eating and fitness through a private group app, we personally lead and hold accountable all participants.
  • A complete12-phase program PDF guidebook, released monthly, to tie it all together, each small step at a time.

Let’s duo this and make this year uniquely memorable, spontaneous, and an opportunity to reconnect on new levels in your relationship.

We’re ready to commit a year on you, are you ready to commit a year on you?


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Just Duo It

Our flagship program. Transform your mind, body, and marriage using small, systematic steps. These tried-and-true techniques have been taken from our research and personal experiments to reconnect, get healthier, and add spontaneity into your relationship.

  • "Daily Duoables" to keep progress simple and easy
  • Access to our exclusive Duo Life Community app to stay accountable for your fitness and nutrition
  • Monthly guides to put it all together

We're willing to commit a year on you, are you ready to commit a year on you? Made for couples by couples.

We love the Just Duo It program. Super excited for more date night recipes to meal prep! Loving the program!

The Daily Duoables are helping us focus on smaller goals and challenges. I definitely look forward to my daily email to guide my day.

Chris and I spend a lot of time apart and we always enjoy reviewing together on our nightly FaceTime date.

Amanda and Chris

The "Daily Duoable" emails in the Just Duo It program have been great. 

We've enjoyed that they're short and sweet and give you the right amount of motivation and awareness for the day ahead.

Highly recommend this program for couples!

Jenna and Erik

I am so proud because I’ve been reading, discussing, and doing the "Daily Duoables!"

I love how quick and simple the emails are, how there are daily themes and only one is working out related, how Ryan and Alex are nonjudgmental, and more related resources are available if you want to read further.

It’s an excellent mix of unique material. Since it's and short and sweet we both read and discuss daily!

Ellie and Jason

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Hey we’re Ryan and Alex

The creators of Ryan and Alex Duo Life. We are a husband-wife duo and “lifestyle engineers.”

After eight years working in the corporate world, originally as engineers, we left our high-powered jobs to tackle our true passion — helping couples engineer their best lives.

The synergy of our engineering minds and ten years of health coaching experience produced Ryan and Alex Duo Life. Our mission is to help you transform your bodies, minds, and relationship, as a couple.

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