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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...

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Month: April 2011

Gardening Is Therapy

It’s been a great weekend here of sun, fun, and PrimalCon of course. In returning to reality yesterday, I was checking the news and seeing some of you out there are bracing for yet another round of winter’s jest. My condolences – seriously. I’ll admit I was happy to forgo the six month long Maine winters for California years ago. Nonetheless, there are still aspects of Northern life I miss and admire. I remember, for example, the almost manic excitement with which people awaited spring. Their fervor for planning the year’s garden seemed wholly inverse to the short and still relatively cool growing season. I don’t know how many of you are gardeners, but I’m all for using the term loosely. Whatever gets us down in the dirt, digging in the midst of all those fine microbes, is work worth doing (without the toxic chemicals of course). An older neighbor of mine (with the greenest thumb I’ve ever seen) always tells me gardening is “good for the soul.” Although I don’t have an ounce of the talent she does, I’d have to agree. It only gets better though. Research demonstrates it’s also good for the mind and body – in ways we might not expect.

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PrimalCon 2011: Learning to Be Kids Again

Whew. PrimalCon is over. It was everything I’d hoped and everything I’d feared: incredibly uplifting, inspiring, and affirming, but also over way, way too quickly. I guess that’s how good things go. The coolest part was seeing actual full-sized three dimensional Homo sapien sapiens in the flesh, moving, interacting, eating, getting sunburnt, eating some more, diving for Frisbees, laughing, and learning, instead of tiny stamp-sized avatars exchanging digital text on a computer screen. Despite that digital divide, when people met and put screen name to face, there was none of the initial awkwardness you might expect. It was a seamless transition – a testament to our remarkable ability to adapt to any situation.

And boy were there a lot of situations. Imagine this:

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WOW: PBF Challenge (PrimalCon Edition)

Complete for time, Basic or Advanced (respectively):

10 or 30 Pushups
20 or 50 Meter Bunnyhops
20 or 50 Meter Walking Lunges
15 or 40 Spidermans (Spidermen?)
10 or 25 Meter Sprint
10 or 25 Meter Grok Crawl
10 or 25 Meter Sprint
10 or 25 Meter Grok Crawl
10 or 30 Pushups
20 or 50 Squats
10 or 20 Overhead Presses
20 or 50 Meter Sprint

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Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 3

It’s the third and, sadly, final day of this year’s PrimalCon. Relive day one and day two here and here. And stay tuned for text, photo and video updates.

8:17 am: Morning warmup session with Angelo dela Cruz

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Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 2

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox, reporting on select events from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and video updates from day two of PrimalCon 2011.

9:45 am-11-45 am: Survivor-style Team Challenge, and VitaMove/Gorilla Ninja Session with Angelo dela Cruz.

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Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 1

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox. PrimalCon 2011 kicks off today, and just like last year Mark has his hands full, so the Worker Bees and I will be reporting from the field. Check this blog post throughout the day for text, photo and video updates. Coverage will extend through Sunday. (The regularly scheduled success story, recipe post and Weekend Link Love will return next weekend.) Stay tuned!

8:00 am: The Tribe Gathers

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