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Archive for the ‘ Fitness ’ Category

2 May

Dear Mark: Soy Lecithin, Healthy Fat Alternatives, Wasted Workouts, and Magic Grapefruit

Things got a little heated regarding the milligrams of evil soy lecithin used as in emulsifier in most dark chocolates in last week’s Dear Mark post, so before launching into today’s questions and answers, let’s go over that. Soy lecithin is simply the byproduct of soy oil extraction. It’s not hydrogenated soybean oil, folks allergic […]

25 Apr

Dear Mark: Glutathione, Workout Nutrition, Cartilage Regeneration, Pam, and the Best of the Worst

It’s another round of rapid-fire Q&A with reader questions this week. Ever wonder about olive oil in a spray can, or which meat to choose when dining out? Do you have joint issues, or questions about workout nutrition? These readers do. Read on to learn my answers to these and other questions. And if you […]

9 Feb

The Characteristics of Hunter-Gatherer Fitness

Dr. Loren Cordain and a few MD colleagues have recently published a paper (PDF) called “Organic Fitness: Physical Activity Consistent with Our Hunter-Gatherer Heritage.” It makes for a great companion piece to Primal Blueprint Fitness, and it encapsulates quite nicely the breadth of research into the physical activities of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Read the whole thing. […]

10 Jan

Monday Musings: Importance and Simplicity of Physical Activity for Oldsters

A few studies caught my attention this week, not for being all that surprising or groundbreaking or even new, but because they jibed with something I’ve been mulling over: physical activity in old age. Studies: the first and second. I grouped these together because they largely deal with the same thing. The first, actually a […]

7 Dec

Adult Sports Leagues, and Why You Should Join One

Last week’s post on the buddy system got me thinking about the importance of general camaraderie in physical activity, beyond just the fact that having a person who relies on you to work out will get you off your butt and moving. I think you can go further than a single buddy – how about […]

11 Nov

Jumping on the Barefoot Bandwagon

All across the country, people are kicking off their shoes and braving streets strewn with broken glass and rusty nails that house tetanospasmin-producing Clostridium tetani, and heaped with endless piles of toxic dog poop. They somehow manage to traverse sidewalks that crumble underfoot at the slightest touch, throwing a person off balance and putting the […]

1 Nov

Monday Musings: Marathons and Heart Damage

This post is the first in what may become a new series here on MDA. Most of my articles are full-length feature articles. While I love and will continue to do them I think there’s room for a post each week that’s a little less formal; something shorter than my usual fare that’s published each […]

28 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Sand and Deliver

This reader-created video is Cathy and Mark’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and their entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok […]

28 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Climber’s Workout

This reader-created video is Chad’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Pre-meal Workout

This reader-created video is Geoff’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and her entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Overview

This reader-created video is Jorge’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

MovNat and PBF-Inspired Workout

This reader-created video is Michael’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Forage Workout

This reader-created video is Justin’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Workout on Holiday

This reader-created video is Albrecht’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

Hunting the Tyreanasaurus

This reader-created video is Simon‘s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

28 Sep

Playing in the Forest

This reader-created video is Pieter D.’s interpretation of Primal Blueprint Fitness and his entry to this year’s PBF Video Contest. This is the first in a series of workout videos, recipe videos and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok […]

25 Aug

The Grok Hang

As you may already be aware, I’m not a huge fan of long, protracted warmups or pre-workout stretching. Workouts should be effortless, enjoyable, almost fleeting interludes between the activities you really want to spend your time doing, and spending twenty minutes beforehand to “lube up your joints” and “grease the gears” doesn’t appeal to my […]

23 Aug

WOW: Grok’s Rock

The response to last week’s inaugural Workout of the Week (WOW) was fantastic. A big thanks to everyone that participated and commented. And a special thanks to Mark’s Daily Apple reader and PBFer Brett Yahnke for submitting the first ever WOW video. If you haven’t seen it yet take a look. Last week we discussed […]

20 Aug

The Fit Brain

You love the runner’s high, chiseled physique, steady energy, knock-out sleep, and that alluring post-workout glow. And, sure, there’s always the extraordinary cardiovascular benefit, cancer deterrent, anti-inflammatory impact, and age reversal effect. If that isn’t enough congratulations for your fitness endeavors, here’s more. Physical activity helps fortify your brain as well as your muscles. Yes, […]

19 Aug

Throwing: Another Essential Movement?

Human evolution is usually described as a sequence of momentous changes or developments to our species. You’ve got the move from knuckle walking and tree dwelling to perpetual bipedalism that occurred a few million years back as perhaps the biggest step toward homo sapiens and away from the lower primates. There’s the big brain, too, […]

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