If you are traveling during the holidays and are bereft without me (or without access to a gym, but don't argue semantics) here's a good list of travel wods for you. If you're around Chicago, Jackson and I will be at CrossFit of Naperville!
Two separate people came up with the suggestions for today, thanks Amanda and Mattox. Elana's Barbells vs. Dumbbell I will save for another conversation.
Post thoughts to comments and ideas for C. I don't want this to be a link dump, I picked articles I found genuinely interesting (not just the typical--"CrossFit made me strong! I don't care about the scale anymore, yay!" ones that aren't adding to the discussion). Agree or disagree, let us know.
Body Image. Today's articles feature a female view, what makes us attractive, and a disorder affecting men and women.
1. Gillian Mounsey's "A New Perspective" (pdf) and the CF discussion board thread on it. If you've ever thought you don't fit the ideal, whether too big or too small, you need to read this.
2. Evolution, fitness, and what makes one attracted to another.
3. Do functional movements and clean diets make people more attractive (pdf), since they're now optimized to mate? (slightly NSFW, lab shots of a nakey bum and corresponding brain activity).
4. And muscle dysmorphia in men. Note that women can suffer from MD also.
And Beluga whales...
Background information from National Geographic. Labeled as threatened and hunted as meat, they migrate south when the Arctic freezes over.
1. Studying whale travel patterns (pdf) as a response to changes in hydrodynamic forces. Study could influence future shoreline development/human interactions.
2. Pollutants affecting St. Lawrence belugas. There is a special population here that has been hunted nearly to collapse. Any other threats are a significant danger.
How do we justify human interaction with belugas? Are we obligated to save them? At what costs? What if they're trapped (current events!) under some Arctic ice?