When we spend most of our waking life sitting (or, even worse, slumping over) in a chair, we invite disaster . Sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day is unnatural and harmful to our health, which is why I recommend  standing and staying active during the workday. If you haven’t yet stood up against workplace sitting today is the day. Courtesy of Ergo Desktop  comes the Kangaroo Pro , an adjustable height desk unit. This makes it easy to switch back and forth between standing and sitting (because hey, standing for 8 hours straight is no good, too). It retails for $499. As if that wasn’t enough, the winner of today’s contest will also win…
A sandbag  from Ultimate Sandbag . I’ve been using one of these bags for a couple years now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by my Worker Bees, and in one case was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA furniture, but that’s a story for another day. Store this sandbag next to your Kangaroo Pro and you’ll begin seeing your workday in a whole new light. The winner will get a choice of one of the four sizes of ultimate sandbag  (power, strength, challenge, or burly packages). Retail value: between $99 and $179.
Bonus: Use promo code “primal” to receive 15% off any purchase at Ultimate Sandbag  for the duration of the challenge. And that’s not all…
Courtesy of Stack Exchange Fitness & Nutrition  comes the FitBit. What is Stack Exchange  you might ask? It is a collaboratively edited Q&A site that offers advice from physical fitness professionals, trainers, and athletes. It’s a great place to get answers to really specific questions that might be difficult to find elsewhere, and it’s moderated by the community so all the information is high quality. Check out this thread, for example, where members share their experiences with barefoot running . Stack Exchange is donating this nifty bit of technology . Learn all about it here . Retail value: $99.
That’s $700+ in prizes, and all you have to do for a chance to win is…
What does it mean to eat, move and live Primal? A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, so while I attempt to articulate what Primal is each day here on Mark’s Daily Apple, what better way to answer this question than with hundreds of Primal photos?
Over the years, during these annual 30-Day Challenges  you’ve shared glimpses into your lives. You’ve shared pics of your Primal-stocked fridges , of your breakfasts , lunches  and dinners . You’ve shown your groceries  (two years in a row ) and your best Grok poses . You showed the world what it’s like to forage in a fast food nation . And don’t forget the time Grok was spotted far and wide . Let’s continue this tradition of showing Mark’s Daily Apple readers (particularly those new to this way of life) what living Primal looks like.
All you have to do for today’s contest is email me  a pic that captures some aspect of your Primal lifestyle. Going on a hike this weekend? Take a snapshot and send it over. Cooking up a delicious meal tonight? Shoot it and email it to me. Got a standing workstation at your office? It’s time to pull out your phone cam. Just about anything goes for this one. Let’s show the world what living Primal is all about. I’m talking barefoot pics, dancing pics and meat eating pics. Sun bathing, meditating, and playing. Bounding, leaping, laughing and socializing. Whatever it is, as long as it relates to the Primal lifestyle AND you (and/or your friends and family) are in the photo your submission will qualify you to win the prizes above. For ideas, take a look at some of the photos of me that rotate in the header above. But be creative. I’m sure you can do better. Kudos (and the prize!) to the person that submits the photo that best epitomizes the Primal lifestyle (see “How a Winner is Chosen” below).
Use the email subject heading “Living Primal” when submitting your photo, so I can easily find and organize all submissions.
October 2, midnight PST.
Who is Eligible:
Anyone with a camera and peculiar lifestyle habits. Only one entry per person.
How a Winner is Chosen:
The Worker Bees and I will pick the photo that we think best represents the Primal lifestyle.
To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page  for daily updates.