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Definitive exploration into understanding health and peak physical performance, now fully updated to include the Global 7 Marathons in 7 Days with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Mike Stroud, polar explorer, practising hospital physician and recently adviser to the Ministry of Defence on survival, sets out in this fascinating book the genetics, diet and exercise that enable humans to perform at their peak.

Based soundly in medical science, Dr Stroud analyses individual feats of survival and athletic prowess that illustrate the way the body functions at its best. He dissects his own challenging experiences of crossing Antarctica with Ranulph Fiennes, running marathons in the Sahara and participating in gruelling cross-country endurance races in the United States and gives some tips on how to stay fit for life for those of us who find walking the dog and endurance challenge - First published to great acclaim in 1998, this fully updated edition now includes a chapter on the Global 7 Marathons in 7 Days with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.


Illuminating - Mike Stroud, an Arctic explorer, medic and marathon-runner, explains how modern life-styles and diet have made us prone to a new array of diseases unknown until the industrial revolution. Demonstrating why it is essential for us to exercise, he also provides useful guidelines for changing our culturally moulded bad habits'

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The ultimate sporting diet documented in mouth-watering detail

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  • Survival Of The Fittest
    Mike Stroud



    August 15, 2004

    Yellow Jersey

    256 pages

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  • EBook


    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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