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    I was quite surprised when I saw the Primal Blueprint recommendation to move frequently and slowly for only 2-5 hours a week. I want to start walking for at least 5 days a week, because I don't do it very often, and the recommended number of hours puzzled me.

    I always thought that, during a normal day, Grok had to walk a lot of the time, sometimes even reaching the maximum 5 hours in just one day when the need struck.

    I want to do this right, and actually gain the full benefit of this, without downsides, but isn't 2-5 hours kind of little? Just yesterday I had a 1 hour and 15 minutes walk and felt phenomenal after I've finished. Another one like this and I'd go over the minimum recommendation, and yet another would land me somewhere in between the min and max recommended hours, just in three sessions a week. Walking for 1 hour, 5 times a week, would land me in the max.

    Should I stick with these numbers? Also, is 5 hours really a maximum limit you should not exceed for your own good, and should I try slightly less than that? Is there an optimum number of hours per week I should aim for? And is there a recommended length (in minutes) for walking per day?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    I think its the high intensity workouts that they suggest you limit.

    I count general walking as play - so do as much as you like
    1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
    Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

    June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply!

      I get where you're at, but according to the Primal Blueprint Fitness Pyramid, walking is included in the 2-5 hour limit, which, according to it, applies to slow pace movement, not high intensity workouts.

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      • #4
        For me I would say just move! Trying to figure out what this mythical Grok may or may not have done seems fruitless. He may have walked for one whole day with only some dried berries then found a good game source and not done much for a week. Or been happy in his forrest hide out eating bugs all day with the old lady by a nice waterfall and swimming lake. Make up what ever you like... for me the key is to do some form of moving everyday..and more than rolling out of bed and into a chair! LOL
        Walking and occassional more stressful sprint and some weight training is what I like.
        Living the dream, inside a myth

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        • #5
          Sounds fair. I just want to avoid that part where too much ends up being counterproductive (cortisol and all that).

          Here's what I found after digging through Mark's articles:

          But how much do you need per week for real, ongoing health benefits? While there’s no limit to the benefit of low-intensity aerobic exercise, rest assured that you can experience outstanding health gains by engaging in simply a moderate amount of low-intensity aerobic movement. It shakes out likes this. Go for a minimum of two hours of low-intensity aerobic movement per week. Two hours pales in comparison to Grok’s daily grind, but I know few of us have the time to live a full Grok existence. (That’s not really the point anyway.) Ideally, however, we’d put in more than that two hour bare minimum. I’d consider three to five hours a week of low-intensity an optimal range for modern day folks.
          (Source: The Definitive Guide to Low Level Aerobic Activity)

          So if I understand correctly, if my modern-day-folk schedule allows me to have as much walking per day I want, unlike the commonly busy schedules of others, I should go for it, without being concerned about anything?
          Last edited by PlaySomeJazz; 07-05-2011, 04:08 AM.

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          • #6
            If you stick to a 'stroll' rather than a 'power walk' go for it!
            Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

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            Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
            CW: 146.8 lbs
            GW 140 lbs
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            • #7
              So if I understand correctly, if my modern-day-folk schedule allows me to have as much walking per day I want, unlike the commonly busy schedules of others, I should go for it, without being concerned about anything?
              Yep

              I've just checked the actual book as well, and as I read it more is better but if you're busy try to aim for at least 2-5 hours a week.

              Edit: Actual Book = The Primal Blueprint - Page 169
              1st June 11 to 30st Aug 11 - 36lb removed in 13 weeks
              Messed about on and off for the rest of the year

              June 2012 - Had the practice - now time to do it for real

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              • #8
                Thank you all for the replies! I will "stroll" around to my heart's content on a daily basis

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                • #9
                  Walk, walk, and walk some more! The 2-5 hours was a minimum suggestion.

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