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27 Jul

Updates! I Need Updates!

At your recommendation, we’ve added a few more excellent blogs to the blogroll. Be sure to check out the updated list.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in the fruit bowl submissions. We have several highly-edible produce pictures from you so far. (They sure look a lot better than mine. I am clearly camera-challenged. I’m waiting for the drug to fix this condition.) Next week we’ll be sharing them, so if you’d still like to participate, send those pics in! Just think: your fruit bowl could be famous! Contain your excitement, people.

The stirring post about the appalling choices we make – buying “fancy” water vs. saving a dying child from dehydration – gets an update. Aquafina: thumbs down.

Mark’s published some excellent and controversial (but of course) posts on fitness and sports around the web. For all you runners, ex-runners and fitness freaks, here’s a sampling, complete with teasers:

Doping in Sport

“There are three main points I want to make here: first, that it is impossible to fairly police and adjudicate drugs in sport; second, that the notion of a “level playing field” is a farce and, finally, that the performance requirements set by the federations at the elite level of sport almost demand access to certain “banned substances” in order to assure the health and vitality of the athlete throughout his or her career and – more importantly – into his or her life after competition.”

Read more

Sports and Health: Hardly Synonymous

“Since many people seem to think that athletes are almost by definition healthy, I thought I might develop that idea a bit further…

Please don’t misconstrue what I say here as advocating any sort abstinence from sports or from training. On the contrary, I believe sports of all types can play a huge role in personal development, self-awareness and self-image, and may even help mold long-lost community life-skills like sharing, mutual cooperation and loss acceptance. I will make a case that sports and other non-group recreational exercise activities can contribute greatly to health, longevity and the quality of life. But, as with all things in life, moderation seems to be the key.

I first became aware of the distinction between “fitness” and “health” when I was competing as a marathoner…”

Read the rest

This Week at Slow Twitch: Training Is No Guarantee of Health

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  1. The letter on doping seems suddenly pertinent, considering everything that’s going on with the Tour de France right now. I heard on NPR some nations are stopping their coverage of the event, and even sponsors are dropping.

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