The popular story of how low-carb diets work goes something like this: Reducing your carbohydrate...
Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
A few studies caught my attention this week, not for being all that surprising or groundbreaking or even new, but because they jibed with something I’ve been mulling over: physical activity in old age.
Studies: the first and second. I grouped these together because they largely deal with the same thing. The first, actually a review of a couple dozen separate studies, discusses how basic physical capability seems to predict mortality later in life, while the second focuses entirely on the predictive ability of a person’s walking speed. This is redundant to anyone who’s ever felt a euphoric post-workout rush or the satisfaction of completing a physically taxing task, but judging from the number of people who make endless loops in the parking lot to score that sweet spot by the door and avoid empty staircases in favor of crowded escalators, we are in the minority. Things like grip strength, the time it takes to rise from a chair, the ability to balance on one leg, and walking speed were strong determinants of mortality. The death rate was 1.67 times higher in folks with weak grips, 2 times higher in those who were slowest to rise from the chair, and 2.87 times greater in people who walked at the slowest pace. Most of the studies reviewed were of older subjects, but the physical activity markers were predictive in young people, too. The walking study found that normal gait speed was an indicator of mortality with predictive power similar to BMI, smoking status, blood pressure, and other chronic conditions.
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Charlotte Hilton Andersen’s new book, The Great Fitness Experiment, is out. If you haven’t yet discovered her blog of the same name, go there now. Charlotte’s writing is personal, honest, and humorous. I can’t vouch for the contents of her book as I haven’t read it yet, but if it’s anything like her blog I’m sure it’s a great read.
For your viewing pleasure: Women laughing alone with salad.
Never use soap again? Read Sean Bonner’s account of ditching soap for a year over at Boing Boing, and find out why he plans to stay that way.
Jimmy Moore rounds up the Top 10 Low-Carb Headlines of 2010. If you’re an MDA regular, you probably recognize most of them.
Most of us are familiar with slow cookers and rely on them from time to time when we want a home cooked meal that requires very little effort. There are many reasons to love a slow cooker. Speed is not one of them.
A pressure cooker, on the other hand, can do just about everything a slow cooker can in a fraction of the time. The basic idea is the same: throw meat and vegetables in a pot, add seasonings and enough liquid to cover the ingredients, put on the lid and walk away. But instead of walking away for 4-8 hours, like you would with a slow cooker, a pressure cooker gives you just enough time to change out of your work clothes and sort through the junk mail before dinner is done. In about 30 minutes a whole chicken or several pounds of tough stew meat are transformed into a meal that will melt in your mouth, rich with flavor and perfectly cooked. In an hour, an entire pot roast will fall apart with tenderness.
“Going Primal is so expensive!” Is it? Randy Oveson begs to differ. Randy emailed me in early December, just before a medical evaluation to determine his insurance rates. Read his story below, and keep up with him over at The Primordial Man.
If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and the community please contact me here. Have a wonderful Friday, everyone, and thanks for reading!
I’m 48 years old. A couple of years ago I tried getting a new life insurance policy. The one I had in place was going up annually at an exponential rate (as they tend to do after their normal policy period). Well, my physical was a mess and the company had to “rate” me very low, meaning that because of my health I was at significantly high risk and the cost of a policy would be much higher than I was quoted.
It seems like just yesterday that I posted my ambitious plans for 2010. With the inaugural PrimalCon held last April, Mark’s Daily Apple keeping me busy, and the release of my first cookbook and Primal Blueprint Fitness among many other things, the year flew by. And I wasn’t the only one hard at work. Friends such as Robb Wolf, Art De Vany, Gary Taubes, Loren Cordain have published books, touched folks’ lives, and have spread the word about a lifestyle revolution whose time has come. And it’s not just book authors. It’s bloggers, gym owners, trainers, doctors and people on the street talking about the Primal lifestyle. I’m thrilled to see the Primal/paleo movement steadily forcing it’s way into mainstream culture and I want to keep that momentum going. My team and I are working hard to kick off major new endeavors in the coming year. It’s 2011, baby, and I plan on it being my best year yet.
Here’s a brief overview of the major projects my team and I are working on and have in store for you this year. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment board.