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Joint Mobility: Reader Question Roundup

May 27 2010 - I got a ton of feedback from my series on joint mobility. As comprehensive as I tried to be in my joint mobility series, I couldn’t possibly address every single malady a person might have. In the c...

Filling in the Gaps: How to Incorporate Joint Mobility Drills

May 26 2010 - By now, I hope the importance of joint mobility is clear, and the benefits myriad. It isn't the sexiest topic around to be sure. "The Importance of Shoulder Mobility" certainly isn't as attention-grab...

The Importance of Mobility: The Hips

April 29 2010 - People are exceedingly mobile these days. We can jet halfway across the world at a moment’s notice, check email on our phones, hop in the car and be in another state in five hours, conduct business ...

The Importance of Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

May 20 2010 - If you've been following my series on joint mobility you'll know that I've already covered how to improve and maintain joint mobility for the hips, thoracic spine, and ankles and wrists. Today and tom...

Dear Mark: Flexibility vs. Mobility, Orange Skin, and Radioactive Matcha

February 06 2012 - I'm going to keep today's question and answer session rather brief. I'll be covering three topics: flexibility and mobility; carotenoderma, or the orange-ing of the skin following ingestion of caroten...

Are Stretching and Warmups Overrated?

June 30 2011 - If you've been paying attention, you'll know that I'm not a big fan of protracted stretching routines or extended warmups that end up taking longer than the workout itself. I like simplicity. I like c...

How to Improve Wrist and Ankle Mobility

May 14 2010 - Most people have enough wrist and ankle mobility to get around life all aright, but most people think they're doing just fine with grains, sweets, and seed oils comprising the bulk of their diets. We ...

Monday Musings: Intergenerational Diabetes, New and Improved Pasteurization, Sitting is Still Bad, and Really Old Wine

January 17 2011 - Diabetes is that rare brand of nasty disease that fails to strike real, visceral fear. It doesn't carry the weight of a cancer or an AIDS or a heart disease. It's something you get, like a gut, a long...

How to Maintain Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

May 21 2010 - More than perhaps any other joint in our bodies, the shoulders demand close and careful attention. We use them on a daily basis and they travel a wide-ranging path; it’s in our best interest to assu...

How to Squat Properly

October 01 2009 - Judging from the reader response to last week’s post on that certain type of squatting, I’d bet that a number of you guys gave it a shot and left footprints on the toilet bowl. C’mon, don’t be...

Dear Mark: Flexibility vs. Mobility, Orange Skin, and Radioactive Matcha

February 06 2012 - I'm going to keep today's question and answer session rather brief. I'll be covering three topics: flexibility and mobility; carotenoderma, or the orange-ing of the skin following ingestion of caroten...

Monday Musings: Intergenerational Diabetes, New and Improved Pasteurization, Sitting is Still Bad, and Really Old Wine

January 17 2011 - Diabetes is that rare brand of nasty disease that fails to strike real, visceral fear. It doesn't carry the weight of a cancer or an AIDS or a heart disease. It's something you get, like a gut, a long...

Grok Didn’t Take Supplements So Why Should I?

November 25 2008 - Disclaimer: I derive most of my income from selling supplements. We don't talk too much about it here on MDA, but I get enough questions on this topic, that I felt it was time to explain exactly why I...

Grok Didn’t Take Supplements, So Why Should I?

January 24 2018 - The main objective of following the Primal Blueprint is to extract the healthiest, happiest, longest and most productive life possible from our bodies – and to look and feel good in the process. ...

Dear Mark: Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

September 23 2013 - The 21-Day Challenge is simple in theory, but not always easy, especially if you are brand new to the Primal Blueprint and trying to change decades of bad habits and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Wi...

Dear Mark: Pregnant Exercise, Low-Carb and Alcohol Tolerance, Ancestral Sun Dosages, and Knee Mobility

December 12 2011 - Today is Monday, which heralds another edition of Dear Mark. This week, I'm giving my two cents on what could be causing the widespread incidence of lowered alcohol tolerance in Primal eaters. It's ni...

Dear Mark: Grains and Joints, Cardamom, and The Cause of Aging Muscle

June 23 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First: a question about grains and joint health from a reader who gets achy and creaky every time she veers off schedule and eats grains. Is this commo...

Dear Mark: Bodyweight or Barbells, Restaurant Traps, Primal Egg Coffee Stability, and Post-Exercise Insomnia

October 14 2013 - Today's Dear Mark is a four-parter with some fantastic questions (and passable answers, I hope!). First up, I answer a reader question from the comment section of last week's Barbell Dogma post. Secon...

What Collagen Does For Performance

December 28 2017 - I've always been a student of performance—in my athletic days and now. Whether it's nutritional intake, training strategies, or supplement choices, this is where science comes to life for me. Over t...

Dear Mark: WiFi Effects on Health, Creatine and AGEs, and Introducing Solids

December 30 2013 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a two-parter followed by a question for Carrie. First, I discuss the effects of WiFi on health. Or, rather, I explore whether the potential effects of WiFi ...

Joint Mobility: Reader Question Roundup

May 27 2010 - I got a ton of feedback from my series on joint mobility. As comprehensive as I tried to be in my joint mobility series, I couldn’t possibly address every single malady a person might have. In the c...

Filling in the Gaps: How to Incorporate Joint Mobility Drills

May 26 2010 - By now, I hope the importance of joint mobility is clear, and the benefits myriad. It isn't the sexiest topic around to be sure. "The Importance of Shoulder Mobility" certainly isn't as attention-grab...

The Importance of Mobility: The Hips

April 29 2010 - People are exceedingly mobile these days. We can jet halfway across the world at a moment’s notice, check email on our phones, hop in the car and be in another state in five hours, conduct business ...

The Importance of Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

May 20 2010 - If you've been following my series on joint mobility you'll know that I've already covered how to improve and maintain joint mobility for the hips, thoracic spine, and ankles and wrists. Today and tom...

Dear Mark: Flexibility vs. Mobility, Orange Skin, and Radioactive Matcha

February 06 2012 - I'm going to keep today's question and answer session rather brief. I'll be covering three topics: flexibility and mobility; carotenoderma, or the orange-ing of the skin following ingestion of caroten...

Are Stretching and Warmups Overrated?

June 30 2011 - If you've been paying attention, you'll know that I'm not a big fan of protracted stretching routines or extended warmups that end up taking longer than the workout itself. I like simplicity. I like c...

How to Improve Wrist and Ankle Mobility

May 14 2010 - Most people have enough wrist and ankle mobility to get around life all aright, but most people think they're doing just fine with grains, sweets, and seed oils comprising the bulk of their diets. We ...

How to Maintain Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

May 21 2010 - More than perhaps any other joint in our bodies, the shoulders demand close and careful attention. We use them on a daily basis and they travel a wide-ranging path; it’s in our best interest to assu...

How to Squat Properly

October 01 2009 - Judging from the reader response to last week’s post on that certain type of squatting, I’d bet that a number of you guys gave it a shot and left footprints on the toilet bowl. C’mon, don’t be...

8 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging Your Fitness Routine

November 07 2012 - Last week, I went over a few ways Primal Blueprinters experiencing a weight loss plateau (or fast approaching one) might be inadvertently sabotaging their own weight loss efforts. This week, I thought...

How to Squat Properly

October 01 2009 - Judging from the reader response to last week’s post on that certain type of squatting, I’d bet that a number of you guys gave it a shot and left footprints on the toilet bowl. C’mon, don’t be...

8 Ways You Might Be Inadvertently Sabotaging Your Fitness Routine

November 07 2012 - Last week, I went over a few ways Primal Blueprinters experiencing a weight loss plateau (or fast approaching one) might be inadvertently sabotaging their own weight loss efforts. This week, I thought...

Rajio Taiso: Why You Should Start Doing Light Morning Workouts

September 09 2014 - In 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 ca...

Diggin’ a Hole to Install a Ladder to Wash the Basement Windows

November 19 2009 - Picture a house with absolutely filthy exterior basement windows, the kind that just barely peek out above ground level. The owner can’t see through the things, and they need a thorough washing. He ...

Do You Have Tech Neck, or Nerd Neck? How to Fix Forward Head Posture

July 21 2020 - Nerd neck. Tech neck. Computer neck. Text neck. Forward head posture. You might not be familiar with these terms, but you almost certainly know what they describe. Picture someone sitting on a bus ...

It’s Not Just About the Weight Loss

September 12 2013 - A whole lot of people come to the Primal Blueprint looking to lose weight. Some come with significant excess weight. Their before and after photos showcase amazing physical transformations that can ha...

Microworkouts: Effective, At Home Workouts In Two Minutes or Less

March 26 2020 - A lot of us get hung up on this idea of what an exercise session is supposed to look like. We think about driving over to the gym, squeezing into a crowded class, or working through a room full of com...

16 Tips for Desk Jockeys: What to Do About Sitting All Day

March 29 2011 - Even if your workdays consist of alternating between hunkering down over the laptop in a full Grok squat with perfectly neutral lumbar spine and standing up at a standing workstation for the entire wo...

Dear Mark: Infrared Sauna Roundup

March 20 2017 - After last week's post on infrared saunas, people asked some good questions. For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few of them. First up, can infrared saunas harm male fertility? After all...

Are You Living an Active or Passive Life?

September 27 2011 - Humans enjoy being entertained. We like watching funny, engrossing, exciting shows, movies, and plays. We love good tunes. And we enjoy watching a great stand-up comedian at work, the kind that makes ...

Monday Musings: Intergenerational Diabetes, New and Improved Pasteurization, Sitting is Still Bad, and Really Old Wine

January 17 2011 - Diabetes is that rare brand of nasty disease that fails to strike real, visceral fear. It doesn't carry the weight of a cancer or an AIDS or a heart disease. It's something you get, like a gut, a long...

Doctors as Middlemen?: Direct-to-Consumer Online Testing Services and Other Consumer Health Trends

January 18 2011 - An alarming new health trend has medical professionals scurrying around issuing dire warnings of impending doom and death. As a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal relays, consumers are taking the...

The Characteristics of Hunter-Gatherer Fitness

February 09 2011 - Dr. Loren Cordain and a few MD colleagues have recently published a paper (PDF) called "Organic Fitness: Physical Activity Consistent with Our Hunter-Gatherer Heritage." It makes for a great companio...

Dear Mark: Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

September 23 2013 - The 21-Day Challenge is simple in theory, but not always easy, especially if you are brand new to the Primal Blueprint and trying to change decades of bad habits and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Wi...

Dear Mark: Pregnant Exercise, Low-Carb and Alcohol Tolerance, Ancestral Sun Dosages, and Knee Mobility

December 12 2011 - Today is Monday, which heralds another edition of Dear Mark. This week, I'm giving my two cents on what could be causing the widespread incidence of lowered alcohol tolerance in Primal eaters. It's ni...

Dear Mark: Bodyweight or Barbells, Restaurant Traps, Primal Egg Coffee Stability, and Post-Exercise Insomnia

October 14 2013 - Today's Dear Mark is a four-parter with some fantastic questions (and passable answers, I hope!). First up, I answer a reader question from the comment section of last week's Barbell Dogma post. Secon...

Dear Mark: Grok’s Mobility, Too Much Walking, Fertile Eggs, and the Best Shoes for Babies

November 04 2013 - Hey folks, it's time for another edition of Dear Mark. This time around we've got a four-parter. First up, I discuss why Grok probably didn't need to foam roll with boulders or consult with a proto-K...

15 Tips for Standup Workstation Users

May 07 2013 - A lot of people who embrace the standup workstation thing think the work stops once you stand up. Sitting is hard, standing is easy - right? I don't blame them, because I was the same way when I bega...

How to Train for Backpacking

May 31 2022 - June is National Get Outdoors Month. Here at MDA, we’re spending the next couple weeks teeing you up to have your best summer yet in the great outdoors with posts to inspire you to get into nature. ...

How I Recover from My Workouts

August 28 2013 - When thinking about ways to improve your workout recovery, you might start by going back to this post I wrote a couple weeks ago and then doing the opposite of the recovery-impairing items on that lis...

Make Your Overall Wellness a Joyful Passion

April 20 2018 - 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 Da...

Going Primal Has Been Life Changing for Me

July 25 2014 - 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’...

It’s about Being Fit, Happy, and Healthy!

April 07 2017 - 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’...

3 More Primal Blueprint Tales of Transformation

November 12 2010 - It's time for another healthy dose of inspiration from Mark's Daily Apple readers that took control of their health and turned their lives around. Many thanks to Jason, Marti and Dan for sharing their...

Suicide: One Bite at a Time

October 14 2011 - 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’...

From Primal Passion to Primal Business: Turning What You Love Into What You Do

May 02 2014 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. Today’s post is from my good friend Bob Montgomery. He is the Chef & Owner of t...

Can Pilates Make You Lose Weight?

September 17 2007 - Separating the Marketing from the Truth: An Expert Offers Her Insights This is a guest post from pilates pro Zoe Anderson of thinkpilates.com. Pilates and Weight Loss So... is pilates really...

Dear Mark: Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

September 23 2013 - The 21-Day Challenge is simple in theory, but not always easy, especially if you are brand new to the Primal Blueprint and trying to change decades of bad habits and unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. Wi...

Dear Mark: Pregnant Exercise, Low-Carb and Alcohol Tolerance, Ancestral Sun Dosages, and Knee Mobility

December 12 2011 - Today is Monday, which heralds another edition of Dear Mark. This week, I'm giving my two cents on what could be causing the widespread incidence of lowered alcohol tolerance in Primal eaters. It's ni...

It’s Not Just About the Weight Loss

September 12 2013 - A whole lot of people come to the Primal Blueprint looking to lose weight. Some come with significant excess weight. Their before and after photos showcase amazing physical transformations that can ha...

Ask a Health Coach: Can You Be Overweight and Healthy?

July 28 2022 - Hey folks. Board-Certified Health Coach — and Primal Health Coach Institute's Coaching Director — Erin Power is here to answer your questions about weight loss, diet culture, and health at differe...

12 Intermittent Fasting Tips for Athletes

June 26 2019 - Yesterday, I explained the potential benefits and drawbacks of intermittent fasting for athletes. Maybe yesterday's post intrigued you. Maybe you're curious about this whole intermittent fasting thin...

We Don’t Know What Constitutes a True Paleo Diet

February 19 2014 - Critics often lambast the Primal Blueprint and other ancestral/paleo ways of eating for what they see as fatal flaws: First, that we don't know what our ancestors were truly eating. Second, that...

Dear Mark: Cold Weather Carb Cravings, Muscle Loss in the Military, and Pain During Exercise

November 25 2013 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a two-parter. First, I cover why our desire for carbohydrates might increase in cold weather (hint: it's probably all the shivering our muscles do in an att...

Weight Loss Shortcuts: Pills, Suction and Now… Lasers

February 18 2010 - Imagine a world where you could stroll into a clinic, spend fifteen minutes reading a magazine while a doctor’s assistant points a bizarre contraption at your backside, and skip out the door, down a...

What is Chrononutrition?

November 29 2022 - Chrononutrition is a relatively new specialty in the fields of nutrition and biology that tries to understand how the timing of food ingestion affects health. The central idea here is that metabolic h...

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