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Only Skinny People Die of Old Age

November 3rd, 2010

by Alex Boersma


That’s not a knock on skinny people.  Most fat people never get to compete for longevity because their weight predisposes them to diseases which kill early.   After all, when was the last time you saw an obese centenarian?

Truly old people are frail.  In fact, to me, age is defined, not by years, but by frailty.  If you are fifty and frail, you are old.  If you are 80 and robust, you remain young.  The quest for longevity, then, requires the  circumvention of diseases which kill early and the concomitant preservation of robust vitality.  No small task! Read the rest of this entry »

Should we run?

July 15th, 2010

by Alex Boersma

Are we runners or are we not runners?  An anthropological question hotly debated and recently popularized by the much publicized New York Times best seller “Born to Run”.   In this book, Christopher McDougall chronicles the history of a Mexican tribe of ultra-runners who are most noteworthy for a hunting technique which consists primarily of chasing their prey to death.  He also explicates an evolutionary rationale for running based on the work of two anthropologists, Dennis Bramble and Daniel Lieberman.  Bramble and Lieberman propose, among other things, that human sweating is a unique adaptation which allowed our forbearers to do exactly what the Mexican Tarahumara Indians do…chase their prey in the heat of day until they overheat and either die or allow themselves to be killed. Read the rest of this entry »

The Perfect Warm-Up

April 15th, 2010

written by Alex Boersma

Warming up, Olympian style.

Anybody who has worked out regularly for more than a few years will probably have had the dubious distinction of being among the ranks of the exercise disabled.  Sprains, strains and anything-itusis!  Nothing will set back your training goals as much as a knee that won’t bend or a back that won’t straighten.  I should know, I’ve had plenty of my own.  Shoulder and elbow “itus”.  Strained back muscles.  Chronic neck pain. Torn hamstring.  Torn calf.  Torn adductors.  Shin splints.

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Getting the most out of precious workout time

March 19th, 2010

by Alex Boersma

Let’s face it.  None of us has a lot of time to work out.  I own a gym.  I work in another gym.  When I’m not in either of those  gyms, I am working at my fire hall, which has a gym in it.  You’d think I’d have all the time in the world to do whatever kind of “gym” stuff I ever wanted to do.

Guess what?

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