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The other thing going on is the articles that I am writing for TGO magazine - a UK backpacking and hillwalking magazine. The series is called Hillfit and I am trying to apply the sort of paleo / evolutionary fitness stuff that we talk about here to a more mainstream audience. It is quite a struggle to translate these ideas into something that actually reads well as a stand alone introductory article. I know that there is something overarching, a meta narrative (effectively the primal blueprint), but I am not sure that this is coming across in the articles.
The first one was an introduction to the philosophy. The second - yet to be published - was on interval training, mentioning Gibala's research and explaning how to keep going uphill without getting out of breath you need to build a body that burns fat more efficiently.
The next one it about the benefits of strength - when you are stonger you can do the same things with less effort and so your Cardiovascular system doesn't need to work as hard to supply the oxygen to the muscles.
What is a real struggle is writing to a strict word count. I have 500 words for a theme and then 150 to descibe the movement of the month - an exercise, mobility piece or stretch. It is a real skill to get ideas across in a limited amout of words yet still to retain a "voice", a personal style. At the moment I feel like I have lost the voice and I am coming across as journalistic and factual. As I edit down to the word limit I find myself stripping off all the adjectives that add life and personality.
Och well. Shouldn't complain - it is actually a real privelege to be getting paid to write about fascinating things.