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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: January 2014

Build Strength, Increase Stamina, Overcome Injury: Done, Done and Done!

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My friend John was able to postpone/eliminate an imminent heart valve replacement by changing his lifestyle and “going Primal”. He is the one who turned me on to the Mark’s Daily Apple web site. I studied, and studied and studied. It all made so much sense that I was instantly committed.

So as I began to explain to friends and family my journey into the world of the Primal lifestyle I was confronted with a recurring question: “are you trying to lose weight?” This question was asked with the implied, “you are already thin, what are you trying to accomplish!?” At that time (two years ago at the age of 53) I was carrying 147 lbs on a 5’ 6” frame. Yes, compared to most of the people around me (and the entire United States) I was indeed “thin”, with a distance runner’s body. “Nooooo, I am not trying to lose weight people!”

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Try It for 21 Days, or Your Poor Health Back!

Over the years I’ve gotten all variety of excuses and complaints about why people couldn’t – or wouldn’t – try the Primal Blueprint eating and lifestyle strategy.

  • Some were just wholly anti-Primal/paleo from the get-go. They hated the “caveman” concept itself and dismissed it out of hand for that reason alone. (Bad Paleolithic past life maybe…who can say?)
  • Some argued I was irresponsible for encouraging people to eat fat – especially saturated fat.
  • Some argued I was insensitive for encouraging people to eat meat.
  • Some thought aspects of the Primal Blueprint eating plan were a “turn off.” (The offal recipes were too much apparently.)
  • Some thought I had it in for the food industry and all American farmers. (I promise you I do not grow all my own food and livestock in a personal biosphere.)
  • Some complained I couldn’t possibly expect people to adhere to such a difficult diet. (For the record, I don’t have any expectations of anyone and believe we all are responsible for our own choices.)
  • Some said they loved the principle itself but just couldn’t give up x, y or z. (I’ll let you all guess what x, y and z are.)
  • Some said they lacked the necessary willpower to make such a “big” change. (At least there’s honesty if nothing else.)
  • Some said they would try it but don’t consider themselves healthy or fit enough. (Yes, you read that right. Isn’t there an ecard floating around with this very concept? Please make one if not.)

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19 Tips for Avoiding Injuries During Sprint Sessions

Sprinting is a powerful asset to any training program. It’s brief and effective and long-lasting and reverberates throughout multiple aspects of health and performance. If you sprint regularly, you’ll likely improve your body composition, strength and fitness levels, metabolic flexibility, stamina, and explosiveness. Since sprinting is “going as fast as you can,” it’s infinitely and instantly scalable to your ability level. Anyone who can sprint but does not is making a huge mistake.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. You have to do it right. Sprinting actually isn’t very dangerous compared to other athletic pursuits. You’re more liable to get injured playing a team sport, where you’re responding quickly to unpredictable changes in the game, moving laterally and vertically, diving and leaping for balls or discs, jostling for position. Sprinting is linear, straightforward. You go from point A to point B. However, the very thing that makes sprinting work so well – the fact that it represents the highest intensity your body can muster – can lead to injury if you’re not prepared.

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Stretching For Strength: 5 Flexibility Standards

This is a guest post from our friend Al Kavadlo of AlKavadlo.com. Al has a new book out Stretching Your Boundaries – Flexibility Training for Extreme Calisthenic Strength that’s well worth a look. You can catch Al at the yet-to-be-officially-announced PrimalCon New York later on this year where he’ll be a guest presenter. Stay tuned for all the details.

If you look around any commercial gym, you’re likely to see a wide variety of activities taking place: strength training, aerobics, simulated bicycle riding, people doing god-knows-what on a vibrating stability platform, and of course, good ol’ stretching. Most gyms even have a designated stretch area. Though you sometimes see serious-minded folk in these rooms, the stretching area in many fitness facilities seems to be primarily for people who want to screw around, be seen at the gym and feel like they accomplished something productive.

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Dear Mark: Cold Weather Sprint Alternatives, Palm Olein, Podcast Questions, and Dark Circles

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First, I discuss some alternatives to traditional outdoor sprinting for people in cold weather. Just because you can’t go run 100 meter dashes doesn’t mean you can’t get a fantastic sprint workout. Running is unnecessary. Next, I give my take on the suitability of palm olein in the diet. Nutritionally, it seems sound enough, but are there other concerns we should consider? Then, I tell you how you can get your questions answered on a future Primal Blueprint podcast. Last, Carrie gives a reader with chronic dark circles under her eyes some avenues of exploration for figuring out the cause.

Let’s go:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 280

PALEOCON is here! Have you registered yet? It’s got 25+ awesome interviews with the top Paleo experts (myself included), behind the scenes at Paleo restaurants, and much more – check it out here.

Primal Blueprint Podcast news:

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