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Fitness and Movement

The Plant-Based Athlete: Matt Frazier, Robert Cheeke, and Josh LaJaunie on PYP 475

Will a plant-based diet help you become a better athlete? Is it as simple as just eating plants, or is there more to doing it right?

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Rediscovering Movement That Brings You Joy: Rafe Kelley on PYP 451

Why are humans so unhappy and unhealthy? Why are we destroying the earth? Today’s guest says it’s because we’ve forgotten how to move like humans.

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Getting Fit in the “Church Basement” of a Facebook Group: Dan Carraciolo on PYP 450

Dan Carraciolo has engineered a remarkable self-transformation from unhappy, overweight diabetic to ebullient athlete. On today’s show, we talk about how he achieved it – and the obstacles he’s had to overcome.

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Get Fit Quick: Ed Coyle on PYP 448

What’s the most efficient way to exercise for fitness and health? And what’s the most effective? Turns out there’s a single answer to both questions: 4-second all-out intervals.

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The Queen’s Gambit, The Hero’s Journey, Veganism, and Exercise: Tyson Yunkaporta on PYP 439

Author, academic, and artist Tyson Yunkaporta offers an Indigenous perspective on some of the core beliefs that have guided my life. Some, like veganism, survive in a different form. Others, like the Hero’s Journey, lie in tatters. And some, like exercise, get transformed and deepened. Read More

We Move, Therefore We Think: Barbara Tversky on PYP 431

Barbara Tversky argues that our thinking, and consciousness itself, arises from the experiences of our physical bodies in space. Rather than being an afterthought, or just the province of athletes and dancers, spatial thinking is the foundation of all thought. Read More

Van der Waals Forces to the Rescue: PYP 373

When I was in 11th grade, I came in 3rd in the New Jersey Science League Chemistry II competition. Which was odd. I wasn’t one of the best chemistry students in the state, by far. I wasn’t even close to being the best chemistry student in my high school. Hell, I wasn’t close to be… Read More

The Joy of Movement with Kelly McGonigal: PYP 364

Kelly McGonigal is one of my favorite science/personal-development/psychology teachers and writers. And in a testament to her versatility and breadth of interests, her print books are in three different sections of my library: habits and behavioral science (The Willpower Instinct);  stress (The Upside of Stress); and exercise/movement (The Joy of Movement, her latest work.) Her… Read More

How Not to Diet with Michael Greger, MD: PYP 362

Michael Greger’s latest book, How Not to Diet, is just stunning.  It’s a love song to science: its potential, its process, even its limitations.  There has never been a more comprehensive, accessible, and evidence-based look at our current knowledge of how to get to and achieve a healthy weight. Read More

This is What Getting Older is Like with Matt Buckner: PYP 361

Matt Buckner’s low point came one day about 9 years ago, when he was 41. He was getting ready for an international business trip, and realized that one of his key medications, tramadol, was going to run out during the trip. The drug, which Matt took for the back pain caused by his morbid obesity,… Read More