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Optimize Me

The Guy Who Ran a Marathon in His Driveway Is on to Something

It might seem ridiculous, but people doing extreme health challenges are probably handling the pandemic better than the rest of us

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5 min readMay 12, 2020


Optimize Me is an Elemental column exploring (and fact-checking) the weirdest self-improvement



Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental