For his book 'The Know-It-All,' writer A.J. Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. In 'The Year of Living Biblically,' Jacobs tried out every rule in the Bible – even the more unusual ones. For 'Drop Dead Healthy,' Jacobs, driven by a desire to become as physically fit as possible, consulted experts and made a 70-page list of strategies he was going to try. Here are 8 of the more unusual strategies he tested in his quest for perfect fitness.
Jacobs joined an exercise class in Central Park that embraces the Paleo movement, also known as the caveman movement. It stresses that participants should eat a diet similar to that which a caveman would have enjoyed, such as a lot of red meat, and exercise outside. Jacobs participated in a workshop run by the creator of the movement, a man named Erwan Le Corre from France. The Paleo workout included running, moving on all fours along a log, and later carrying the log on the participants' shoulders. Jacobs said he admired some aspects of the caveman workout. "I have to concede that Erwan has a point about exercising under the sky," he wrote.
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