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23 Oct

Reader Response: Plyometric Exercises for Everybody

jumpNot too long ago, we ran a story about how to incorporate plyometric exercise into your fitness round-up, but warned that because of the explosive nature of plyo exercises, this one was probably best left to those that were in the upper fitness brackets (and free of any sprains, strains or other injuries!).

This post elicited feedback from Mark’s Daily Apple reader, Barry, who wrote:

I’ve been reading your site for almost a year and have adopted a Primal eating style. Before doing so I was out of control having ballooned to almost 350 lbs. I haven’t gone 100% Primal so the weight is coming off slowly. I am now down to 300. My goal weight is 200 lbs. For activity I have been walking and doing some light free weight activities. It is about all I can muster. I read your Primal Plyos posts with fascination and can’t wait until the day comes that I too can do beach sprints, but for now I am limited. What is a 300 lb person to do for exercise? Hint: I can’t jump or sprint like Grok.

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22 Oct

Health Engagement

As often as we critique the current health care model and many of its practices, you may have noticed that we also recommend readers discuss our lifestyle recommendations with their doctors. More than some stock disclaimer, we say it with a respectful sense of earnestness and with a healthy dose of cautious optimism (about the “patient/physician” relationship, that is).

We hear it ad nauseum: we live in an information age. Unlike any other generation before, we have immediate access to almost any health information we want, including advice, descriptions, photos, diagrams, personal accounts, and any variety of opinions on whatever condition or concern might be on our minds that day. We can download the latest studies, read up on the latest treatments, learn about alternative and preventative measures, get the low down on whatever wonder drug is making its way through the experimental pipeline. And, yes, we can get lost in a sea of misinformation, bogus commercial or personal claims that, at best, distract and, at worst, derail our path to health.

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22 Oct

Top 10 List Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Every comment and suggestion is appreciated. Check back on future Tuesdays to see these Top 10 topics covered. Oh, and the contest winners are:

  1. Clare
  2. new_me
  3. Donna

I’ll get your prize in the mail right away. Thanks again!

21 Oct

Top 10 Top 10 Lists of All Time

With over 80 Top 10 lists under my belt I feel like a Top 10 list pro at this point. I keep doing them because they are a great way to condense a lot of information down to the essentials. And because readers seem to look forward to them.

Putting this list together was tough because there are different ways to measure the popularity of a single blog post. Is it the number of comments on the post? The number of people who have seen the post? Or maybe it’s the buzz the post has created around the net? Needless to say it wasn’t easy and I was sad to see some (in my opinion) great lists not make the top 10.

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20 Oct

Dear Mark: Glycogen

Dear Mark,

I’m trying to understand how glucose that’s created by proteins and fats is used and stored. Is that ~200g of glycogen stored in the muscles to be used for exercise, or is it stored in the liver and used to fuel the brain and “day-to-day” functions? Also, if muscle glycogen is depleted, will ingested carbohydrates be used first to replenish muscle glycogen and then to fuel other daily functions, or are they used the other way around? I’d like to be able to use ketones to fuel my daily activity, but still have enough muscle glycogen stores to fuel intense exercise.

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