Two more things I like

Addicted to Protein

(BBC iPlayer, Youtube)

Protein is an essential part of any diet, and is especially helpful in building and repairing muscles.

But how much should we be taking?

This half hour documentary takes a closer look at whether the current emphasis (or overemphasis) on protein is such a good idea.

One of the scare stories I have heard before is the increased risk of kidney stones, and that is examined in more detail in the programme.

However, other parts of the documentary got me thinking about the difficulty of navigating the world of good and bad nutrition advice that’s now available.

Mostly aimed at people taking a lot of protein supplements, one of the things that surprised me was the way in which some gym-goers seem to be taking these things willy-nilly, without any plan in mind.

I was also surprised that a guy who wanted to bulk up before his wedding found that he gained more weight with a carefully controlled diet than he did on supplements.  (He did have to eat five meals a day though.) There is a further revelation from this guy later on, and it had me shouting at the telly, but you’ll have to watch it to find out about that one.

The Joe Rogan Experience

Joe Rogan is a stand-up comedian and ex multi-discipline fighter. One of the reasons I like his podcast is that he has interesting guests on and then lets them speak for up to three hours straight. Often the conversational detours are some of the best parts.

He often talks about exercise and nutrition, and has a lot of guests on who are experts on various aspects of these topics. Dr Rhonda Patrick is a notable example.

However, if you don’t have three hours to spare, and need some quick motivation to get active, you may want to type something along the lines of “Joe Rogan workout inspiration” into Youtube and you should be able to find a shorter video of him enthusing about exercise.

(You can find the first two “things I like” posts here, and here.)

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I love running, but don't always train in the way that I should. I started my blog in between my first successful completion of a marathon (although I wrote the first post a few days prior to that) and my first ultra marathon, which was the first half of the 100k "Race to the Stones". Maybe part of my reason was to publicly call myself out on my own stated goals. I chose the name "half arsed runner" because I wanted to show that my motivation levels are far from perfect, and that it's OK to be human.

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