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21 Apr

Why Saying “No” Is So Important

Why Saying No Is So Important FinalIn the health and fitness arena, taglines often sell the idea of “accept no limits.” After all, we’re supposed to believe in ourselves, push through boundaries, improve exponentially and show them all, right? Dramatic images, big numbers and extreme makeovers get the spotlight. And when people work hard for what they achieve, I think it’s great. My own primary focus on MDA is helping people live their best life with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice possible. To that end, I offer ample positive advice for what to do. Inherent to the bigger picture, however, (and just as critical in my opinion) is the skill of discerning what not to do. Today I’m talking limits—and how knowing where to draw the line is essential to living an awesome life.

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20 Apr

8 Ayurvedic Herbs That Actually Work

8 Aryuvedic Herbs That Actually Work FinalWith so many time-tested treatment modalities out there, some which are thousands of years old, people are pretty curious as to whether some of the natural tips and recommendations penned in ancient literature are still effective today. Conventional medical wisdom assumes all that ancient medicine is just nonsense and superstition, that until a hundred years ago every health practitioner and patient lived under a massive collective delusion. If they got anything right it was through dumb luck, and today’s pharmaceutical companies have long since mined it for useful drugs and therapies. Could they all be useless? Whereas some older treatments have gone the way of the dodo in light of scientific scrutiny, many endure. In today’s post, I’ll subject the ancient world of Ayurvedic herbs to that same scientific scrutiny.

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19 Apr

Do Foam Rollers Really Work?

Do Foam Rollers Really Work FinalI own a foam roller. Every fitness facility I’ve visited in the last three years has hosted a large arsenal of foam rollers, lacrosse balls, and other instruments of fascial torture. The CrossFitter community has 2.3 per capita. I hear K-Starr sleeps on a bed made of lacrosse balls with foam rollers for pillows. Everyone and their grandma has one. I’m not even joking; I saw a group of track-suited seniors doing some kind of a synchronized foam rolling routine in the park recently. The things are everywhere. And you can certainly spend an inordinate amount of time rolling around on the things, causing all sorts of painful sensations that should, in theory, help you. But does it really help?

As I mentioned earlier, I have one. I’ve used it and, I think, benefited from it. But it hurts. It’s pretty much the most unpleasant thing you can do. Not just because of the pain, but also the tedium. It had better be worth the trouble.

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18 Apr

Dear Mark: Just Outside of Goal Weight, Skipping Breakfast and Coffee, and Quark

Dear Mark-Weight coffee quark FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four questions. First up, I discuss what to do—and really, what not to do—as you approach your goal weight but keep coming up short. Second, why do breakfast skippers also tend to be the biggest coffee drinkers around? Is it just correlation or is there a causative explanation lurking within? And finally, what’s the deal with the cultured dairy product known as quark? Is it a worthwhile addition? Is it safe, given its decidedly neolithic origins?

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17 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 396

Weekend Link Love I was on Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness podcast and had a great time chatting about Primal living, training, and entrepreneurship. Give it a listen.

Research of the Week

40 years ago, a landmark study seemed to show that lowering cholesterol by replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat reduced heart disease. Today, hidden data now revealed shows the opposite: that replacing butter with vegetable oil lowered cholesterol and increased heart disease.

Heartbreak is real.

Some people are completely healthy despite carrying genes that are supposed to saddle them with crippling diseases.

When doctors go on strike, mortality drops.

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