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11 Sep

How Exercise Makes Us Feel

exercisefeelingHow did you feel after your last workout? (Apply as many adjectives as fit the occasion.) Now think about how others perceive exercise. Let’s say you stop a random hundred people on the street and ask them how exercise makes/would make them feel. I’m going to guess you’d get an interesting cross-section of answers, likely slanted toward the negative (mostly from people who don’t regularly exercise, but – hey – that’s just MY guess, right?). Call me cynical, but when many people think about exercise, I think their minds go directly to pain, soreness, sweat, and the general unpleasantness of it all. That’s unfortunate to say the least. I’m not going to claim that my most intensive workouts don’t leave me tired or even slightly sore (genuine pain is something different). Nonetheless, I get way too much out of my Primal exercise to feel it’s something to be “endured” – or even avoided. This brings me to those other answers – the ones more likely from folks who exercise on a regular basis (whether their workouts involve gym time, outdoor play, an active hobby or something else). What else does exercise make us feel – in the moment, after the workout and later once the results start showing?

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10 Sep

12 Signs You Need to Eat More Protein

musclemanProtein is an essential macronutrient. We can’t make it. We can pull it from our structural tissues – our muscles, our tendons, our organs – if we’re in dire need of amino acids, but that’s not a healthy long term strategy. For all intents and purposes, we need to consume protein to stay healthy, fit, happy, and long-lived. But we need to consume the right amount at the right times. And since I’ve already talked about how much protein certain populations should be eating on a general basis, shown you how to identify when you need more carbs, and explained how to tell if you need more fat, today’s post will cover 12 situations, symptoms, and signs that indicate a direct need for more dietary protein.

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9 Sep

Rajio Taiso: Why You Should Start Doing Light Morning Workouts

calisthenicsIn the early 1920s, MetLife Insurance sponsored daily 15 minute calisthenics programs to be broadcast over the radio to American audiences in an effort to make them healthier and fitter. It didn’t catch on here, but visiting Japanese officials loved the idea enough to bring it back to Japan. To commemorate the coronation of Emperor Hirohito in 1928, Japanese public radio began daily broadcasts of rajio taiso, or “radio calisthenics.” Every morning Japanese citizens, young and old, would gather to perform a short circuit of dynamic stretches, joint mobility drills, and bodyweight exercises in time to broadcasted piano music. Participation has dropped off in recent years, but even today about 20% of the Japanese population (and three quarters of elementary school students) still does the daily routine, which has remained unchanged for almost a century.

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8 Sep

Dear Mark: Your Primal Blueprint Expert Certification Questions Answered

ExpertCertlogowhitebackgroundGreetings, everyone. I hope you are enjoying your fast-closing window summer. I just got back from an awesome week of hiking in Aspen and taxing my cardio system. Even now that I’m back down at sea level, my head is still in the clouds due to my incredible excitement about the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification. The response to our August 27th launch has been amazing. We quickly passed the 100 person registration mark last week, and have been inundated with tons of questions. Hence, I’m taking this post to answer some of the most common questions that have come through, so that all of us can understand what this new direction is all about. That’s right, the “Cert” kicks off a new direction, one that I think the movement must head in. While I’m happy to be a thought leader for Primal living, I realize that in order to continue making headway against conventional wisdom and unhealthy modern society, we need multiples more impassioned experts to spread the word.

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7 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 312

weekend link love2For Episode 34 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast, we hung out with Dr. Cate Shanahan to discuss the shortcomings of traditional family practice medical care, the research indicating that most heart attack victims have normal cholesterol levels, and which blood tests are absolutely essential for monitoring health.

Research of the Week

Although lowering the brightness and holding the device at least a foot from your face can “reduce” the impact of smartphone usage on melatonin and sleep, the impact is not zero.

Kids who took omega-3 supplements showed reduced behavior problems.

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