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2 Sep

10 Simple Steps to Motivate a Friend

Before you jump into reading this post I’d like to encourage you to drop by yesterday’s with a comment or two. MDA is getting a renovation and we are looking for reader suggestions on how to continue to make this the best health and fitness blog on the net. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Your idea of a good weekend morning is to kick off with a brisk run (or a spin class or hike or other invigorating exercise), rustle up a healthy – and hearty – breakfast, and then get on with the rest of your day. Your friend, on the other hand, sleeps till noon, wakes up and drives to the bagel store and wastes the rest of the day watching re-runs of America’s Next Top Model. But then they come to you and ask for help…ask to turn their lifestyle around and become…well…more like you.

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1 Sep

Dear Readers: What Do You Want?

I’m skipping this week’s “Dear Mark” post en lieu of a “Dear Readers” post. That’s right. Enough from me. I want to hear from you. You see, I’m working on giving MDA a well-deserved design update and would love some feedback. I have a long wish list that just keeps getting longer, but I want to know what you want out of Mark’s Daily Apple – both in terms of content and blog features. I’ll throw out some ideas and questions to get the ball rolling. Hit me up with a comment with your suggestions.

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1 Sep

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: August 2008

Here are some of the best posts of August put together in a nice little batch for your perusal. Enjoy!

30-Day Primal Health Challenge Final Results – August 1

Insects: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore – August 6

What’s Wrong with the Zone Diet? – August 7

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31 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 13

link loveHere are some of our faves from around the net in the last week. Share yours with fellow Apples in the comment boards!

60 in 3 profiles the latest fad diet – one where you limit yourself to under 500 calories a day AND have to give yourself a shot EVERY FREAKIN’ DAY!

Body Recomposition takes a long (it’s a multi-part series but it’s well worth the read) about the hormones that influence body composition.

Chris over at Conditioning Research gives his thoughts on the merits of functional training.

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30 Aug

Workout in a Pill?

miceAs you probably already know, we here at MDA are all about making informed decisions that produce the best results with a minimal amount of effort. For example, what’s the point in running yourself to death when you can achieve better results with a short and intense workout session? In this sense we are all for shortcuts. We love ’em. Why take the long, circuitous path from A to B when you can get there by walking (or sprinting!) a straight line? But we normally discount the effectiveness of pharmaceutical shortcuts. Why? Shortcuts that involve pills usually never work – especially in achieving long term health or fitness goals. Pharma attempts at wellness almost always have a tough time seeing the forest for the trees. Gene expression is much more nuanced enterprise than a pill can account for. In other words, when it comes to popping a pill it is difficult to know what is going on behind the curtain. So when we read about a new pill being developed that chemically mimics the effects of exercise in lab mice, you can imagine how skeptical we were.

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