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24 Feb


Ever heard of it?

If you are a regular to MDA and you subscribe to a Primal Health lifestyle I’m guessing it is likely. If not, now you have.

Crossfit is a type of physical training that blends power lifting, gymnastics and sprinting. Why do we like it? Because it fairly closely aligns with our Primal fitness philosophy in which variety, weight-bearing activity and anaerobic exercise is key. Here is a great description of CrossFit:

CrossFit maintains that proficiency is required in each of 10 fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. CrossFit uses free weights, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars and many calisthenics exercises. CrossFit may call on athletes to skip, run, row, climb ropes, jump up on boxes, flip giant tires, and carry odd objects. They can also squat and explode up to bounce medicine balls against walls.

CrossFit workouts typically call for athletes to work hard and fast, often with no rest. Many CrossFit gyms use scoring and ranking systems, transforming workouts into sport. CrossFit publishes its own journal and certifies its own trainers. Many CrossFit athletes and trainers see themselves as part of a contrarian insurgent movement that questions conventional fitness wisdom.

via Wikipedia

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23 Feb

We Are What We Eat?

Sometimes, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

We think this photo essay, “What the World Eats, Part I,” from Time Magazine speaks volumes. Among the piles of articles we (and I’m sure many of you) read in a given week, this photo montage is the kind of piece that stays with you. Long after we put it down (or closed the browser window), reflections continued to surface as we went about our day here.

From a traditional MDA perspective, we were struck by not only what the collective grocery items say about each culture’s diet, but also by the relative cost and what we choose to pay for in each society. Finally, some photos were all too telling with the comparative “volume” of food that feeds each family.

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22 Feb

Pet Smarts: Keeping Family Members of the Canine and Feline Variety Healthy

You do everything in your power to keep yourself – and your family – healthy, but is there more you could be doing for your four-legged friend?

The following is a list of tips on how to keep your pet in tip-top condition.

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22 Feb

Friday Link Love

Lifehacker posts their Top 10 Body Hacks.

Diet Hack gives you the best and worst ways to tone your tummy.

Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb debates the necessity of ketosis in a low carb diet.

Blog of Herbs gives us many reasons to love garlic.

The Tao of Good Health serves up Things You Should Know About Mercury in CF Light Bulbs.

Science Punk links us to a video about amazing new prosthetic arm technology.

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22 Feb

Physical Inactivity Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

According to a study in this month’s Cancer Causes & Control, men who hold desk jobs are more likely to develop prostate cancer than those with careers involving manual labor.

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