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July 18, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
39 Comments

You may have heard me say that a session at the gym isn’t going to undo a day of sitting at work, sitting in a car, and sitting in front of a TV. Seems like the NY Times is finally saying so too; read their piece on the men who stare at screens.

What’s worse, the candwich or the lasagne-wich? Both found on Bitter Wallet, you be the judge.

Humans should live Primal, and so should dogs! Healthcare Epistemocrat interviews author Steve Brown on his book Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet.

Want to know what a good gym looks like? Strengthbox gets it right.

Wait a minute, is CBS News telling me pharmaceutical companies will attempt to cover up research showing the potential risks of their drugs? Preposterous! In case you missed it, Avandia gets to stay on the market despite the scandal.

For your mouth: The periodic table of meats.

And finally, the Turkey Hooker.

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Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago
I really enjoyed that article on sitting. I have been wondering about this for the past several weeks since i blog myself. I have a stand up desk and thus stand up while “working” a lot. I take a lot of short walks during the day which I think helps. After reading the article I will take more breaks and move around during those breaks. I figured that sitting for long periods of time is terrible for your health no matter how much you exercise or how well you eat or how much you sleep. We evolved for tens of… Read more »
VelocityRD
VelocityRD
6 years 4 months ago

Yep…! I’m becoming more and more of a stander by nature. Unfortunately for the time being, I have no stand-up desk. I’m looking, but I don’t currently have the financial wiggle room to do it. But when I do get those means, do you have a suggestion of an appropriate desk?

Drafting tables are also a consideration, especially adjustable ones!

Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago

I paid $237 for the Safco Products Adjustable Height Standup Workstation…
http://www.csnoffice.com/Safco-Products-1929CY-1929GR-1929MO-SF1754.html?cv=

It is expensive but it turned out absolutely perfect for me. My hands are in a perfect typing position and my neck and head is perfectly straight.

All I have to do is move my eyes up and down and side to side.

When I sit down my neck is always tilted down and I HATE it. So, I stand up as much as possible.

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 4 months ago

I sometimes just put a cushion at my desk and kneel for a short time. But I work from home so it doesn’t look too weird!

I’m totally coveting a drafting table.

The other thing is just to get up as often as you can.

earthspirit
earthspirit
6 years 4 months ago

thanks for all the articles!
i also enjoyed the sitting article, the turkey hooker gave me a good laugh. definitely a WIN not a FAIL!!!
Period table of meats has got bacon in the right place, number 1 baby yeah

Pete
Pete
6 years 4 months ago

I have a question for Mark or anybody else. I see green beans in the above linked recipe for salmon. I thought legumes were ‘off the table’ as it were. Is it only dry beans or what? I’m confused. One recipe in my copy of “The Primal Blueprint Cookbook” also has green beans as a ingredient. What’s up?

Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago

I am also wondering this… Green (& Yellow) Beans seme to be a different animal compared to garbonzo beans, northern beans, black beans, refried beans, etc. but aren’t they still a legume?

When you look at the nutritional profile of green beans they are a lot different then normal beans. So I say they are ok. But, I would love your thoughts Mark.

Maybe do a post on green/yellow beans next week?

Since they are included in a primal recipe in the cookbook I again feel they are ok.

mike
mike
6 years 4 months ago

Still a legume, meaning they come with the same inflamation as the rest of the family. I personally don’t write them off all together though. It seems while they may not be the best choice, they come with a minimum amount of risk.

Bottom line, at a dinner party I’ll eat them, but I don’t buy them or attempt to keep them in my diet.

Funny enough, Green beans are naturally yellow, we’ve bred them that way. Peas are also naturally yellow.

Harry
Harry
6 years 4 months ago

Thanks for posting the sitting research link! This is a major issue, as I have mentioned several times in posts.

peggy
peggy
6 years 4 months ago
@Pete: the green bean question is up to you. Personally, I use the “can I eat it raw?” test. So I eat green beans & peas, pea pods, etc. Nothing goes with lamb like curried green beans. Muttar paneer is another fav of mine (love my old-school Time-Life Indian cookbook!) I was intrigued by the canine diet. Some items in the article piqued my interest in the book. I just got a puppy in April & have raised him on a primarily raw diet. I get raw bones from my CSA provider. I also get organs from them. I made… Read more »
Jenny
6 years 4 months ago

I *LOVE* that old time life series. It has such great info about traditional foods and some really good recipes (when you skip the veg. oil and sugar …)

suvetar
suvetar
6 years 4 months ago

My husband can place himself on the couch for 8-10 hours a day and only get up to use the bathroom and grab something to eat.

I don’t know how he does it. I get so cranky after (sometimes during) a movie because I have to sit down for 1.5+ hours straight…and if I get up during a movie I get crap from him and calls me A.D.D.

Sitting makes my bones hurt, gives me headaches and just depresses the hell out of me.

Primal Toad
6 years 4 months ago
Same here. I am actually standing as I type this and am about to go for a walk and then read a little while standing. I stand as much as possible which is much better then sitting. Funny short story… I went camping with 4 other people for the 4th of July. My brothers friend was very intrigued by the whole primal lifestyle and it was a frequent topic throughout the whole trip – way more then I thought it was going to be before we camped. On the first night I chose to stand around the fire instead of… Read more »
Lyle
Lyle
6 years 4 months ago

Normal’s overrated. 🙂

peggy
peggy
6 years 4 months ago

“normal” is just a setting on the dryer

Daniel
Daniel
6 years 4 months ago

I don’t think the issue is so much sitting vs. standing as it is sitting in a modern chair and the way it positions your spine. There are no recliners or desk chairs in the wild, but I am sure Grok would have popped a squat on the ground, or perhaps on a log.

Harry
Harry
6 years 4 months ago

Before reading about sitting research, which I did just before hearing about primal, I would easily sit nearly all day. I’m not sure how I did it either. Now I have to get up and move frequently.

zabeth
zabeth
6 years 4 months ago
In regards to the Avandia farce, there is a lot of blame to be laid at the feet of consumers. Doctors who work to warn their patients that drugs are not the fix for their problems are often faced with people who just want quick fixes. Really, they couldn’t care less about the risks. People who turn to alternative and holistic care are facing the lack of reliable information regarding these treatments and the ugly truth that they can be expensive. Information regarding pharmaceutical drugs and treatments are all over the net. It takes time and effort to find this… Read more »
Lyle
Lyle
6 years 4 months ago

I wonder if there’s a difference in the study between sitting and squatting. I’ve been contemplating replacing my aeron chair at work with a stationary one and doing the 3rd world squat. I’m not worried about people looking at me funny, they already do that (I type with a dvorak keyboard and use a trackball mouse. Even among computer programmers, that’s peculiar).

Primal K@
6 years 4 months ago

I had to look up the dvorak keyboard. That’s pretty interesting. How long did it take you to adjust to key memorization?

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 4 months ago

Love that Strengthbox gym. They’ve got room to be creative because it’s not cluttered up with rows of treadmills and stationary bikes.

primal bill-e
primal bill-e
6 years 4 months ago

The Strengthbox video is great. Love the baby lifts, and the dog lift!
These people are getting in great shape and having fund doing it. No joke, this is what functional fitness looks like to me.

Primal K@
6 years 4 months ago

Now THAT’S a periodic table I can memorize!

Primal K@
6 years 4 months ago

Oh, as well, Strengthbox looks Awesome!

Remy
6 years 4 months ago

Mark, can you link to past posts where you address the impacts of sitting around all day or how a workout can’t undo its effects?

Richard Nikoley
6 years 4 months ago

Credit for the workout style of Stengthbox should go to Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat.

I just got back from a five day training course in West Virginia and it was in the woods doing essentially everything in that video, but on tree limbs and using rocks, uneven terrain, etc. Also, there was a heavy swimming, diving, breath hold, and self-defense element

In short, fully integrated Natural Movent.

I posted substantial daily reviews on my blog and a significant wrap up is forthcoming.

Liz McGurrin
6 years 4 months ago

Thanks for pointing that out, Richard.

We have a wonderful relationship with Erwan, and are regular attendees at his courses… in fact, Erwan will be giving a MovNat clinic at StrengthBox in September!

Richard Nikoley
6 years 4 months ago

Actually, Liz, I should also have mentioned that you and Greg are friends of Erwan’s and big MovNat supporters (and that’s directly from Erwan to me).

VelocityRD
VelocityRD
6 years 4 months ago

StrengthBox reminds me of Monkey Bar Gym in Wisconsin… check them out too.

http://monkeybargym.com/

I’d love to be able to train at either place.

Eva
Eva
6 years 4 months ago

When I first started cutting out the carbs, I used to feed the leftover unwanted bread from sandwiches and what not to my dog. Then one day, my mother, who has also gone paleo, saw me feeding a bun to my dog and said, “You’re so mean, feeding your dogs all those carbs!” And I looked at her and realized she was right! Now the dog eats paleo as well.

peggy
peggy
6 years 4 months ago

*like*

Rachel
Rachel
6 years 4 months ago

Haha, Mark I was thining of send you the link for the candwich for kicks. I think you should have a contest to see what we think is the absolute worst fake food out there. I’m voting for the candwich myself – forget about eating paleo! Regardless of the diet you’re following, the candwich is just plain wrong!

Kevin
6 years 4 months ago

The StrengthBox gym looks awesome. What a great idea for a gym.

Ely
Ely
6 years 4 months ago

wow, strengthbox rules. wish they were local. However I found some stuff on the guy’s blog that looks pretty awesome. Strength work is the part I’m having the hardest time adding to my life; I just have to get over looking silly in the park.

Jenny
6 years 4 months ago
I’ve got a question about sitting – I have a desk job so I sit for at least eight hours each day and while I walk to work, take a walk around the block a few times a day and stretch frequently – that much sitting is *SO* not good. I’m not really sure what I can do at the office to help lessen the effects of sitting in a crappy desk chair all day long. I tried shooting for a standing desk (boss said no :() and I’m not quite sure how I could squat and still reach my… Read more »
Primal K@
6 years 4 months ago
I know how you feel. I’ve made simple modifications to my desk to allow me to stand for several hours of the day. I use a box I found for printer paper and place my keyboard on top. To levitate my mouse, I have two Kleenex box’s that I place on their sides and put the mousepad on top. My monitors are raised to their highest and tilted up to view. I’ve been doing this for a few months now. I used to get some weird looks, but now everyone is used to it. See what you can do to… Read more »
peggy
peggy
6 years 4 months ago

I sit at a computer all day also. My printer was out of commission for awhile so I got in the habit of sending my print jobs downstairs. I realized how lucky I am to be upstairs! I just make up “excuses” to go up & down the stairs alot. I also sit on a balance ball & wiggle. I miss the days of working at the base of a ski resort! (4-run lunch)
I’m thinking of buying my own standing station. as long as I’m getting my work done, they are pretty agreeable…

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