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Why nearly every sport except long-distance running is fundamentally absurd...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 05, 2012 at 1:40 PM

....is the sub-header on the Slate article out today titled All Men Can???t Jump. It's making the rounds in my FB newsfeed.

Thoughts?

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:36 PM

yup....i think running and lifting heaving stuff are about the only certain things HG people did ... I doubt they ever did crossfit and the likes...running feels good too.

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:03 PM

How much evidence do you need?

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Lol Kasra that's one hell of a question.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Please make this a question or it will probably get deleted.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:41 PM

There's another article in the Daily Mail about how marathon running damages your heart. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2154267/Excess-exercise-hurts-heart-cause-dangerous-long-term-harm-say-scientists.html

A single story does not the truth make. May the force be with you.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:42 PM

The only absurd thing here is the article

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Evolution didn't end 2mya, which seems to be what the author is suggesting.

I can tell you that myself, and my Northern European ancestors are not as genetically gifted for running (long torsos, short limbs, thick bones) as others (I'm 6ft tall with a 28" inseam and 9.5" wrist circumference, just try to tell me I was "born to run"). While I don't have a sloped brow and the broad nose of the neanderthal, I can tell you that some humans of similar genetics likely adapted to a slower pace... and probably as recently as 150,000 years ago.

However, at the end of it all, the article is tongue and cheek (and includes disclaimers to that point), and for anyone to take it more seriously than a Sunday comic needs to take a long, relaxing walk.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:57 PM

Great article and makes me pleased I havent abandoned my long slow runs which I enjoy massively. I hate the "chronic cardio" nonsense,we are designed to run and to run long.

D07a525f9021f8d72bf6aaa52893c795

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:03 PM

How much evidence do you need?

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on June 05, 2012
at 08:36 PM

yup....i think running and lifting heaving stuff are about the only certain things HG people did ... I doubt they ever did crossfit and the likes...running feels good too.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Seems to be a straight rip off from Christopher McDougall's "Born to Run". Pity they didn't credit him.

I quite like the "evolved to run" / "endurance runner" theory, mainly because it explains how buzzy I get when I run. Others are less convinced: http://paleohacks.com/questions/22092/running-our-prey-to-death#axzz1wvYombni

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