Primal Blueprint



  • Wow!!!
    Been on an incredible health and lifestyle journey following my little mishap close to two years ago. Still massively compromised but getting steadily stronger and better.....maybe about six months away from normal functional strength.....for my age!!!
    Anyway.......came across this website/ blog some time ago and found the principles on which it is based life changing re exercising, diet and lifestyle. Thought some of you guys might enjoy this. Daily blog by Mark Sisson but have a look at the core principles of the primal blueprint. Huge amount of info on the site to digest. Lots of paleo recipes for you Kirwan!!
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-primal-blueprint/#axzz2uEppYWzJ



  • Thanks, I've come across this in the past but forgot about it. Will hoover up the recipes...



  • Yeah read alot on that site before when I've been googling stuff like coconut oil and then been linked through to there.
     
    Some good info there for sure.



  • Mark Sisson and Chris Kesser are my go-to sites for health and diet stuff at the moment.



  • I mentioned it in Kirwan's thread as the place I get my exercises from. Have you joined El Toro? And is it simply join up with your email address and get the ebook pdfs?



  • I mentioned it in Kirwan's thread as the place I get my exercises from. Have you joined El Toro? And is it simply join up with your email address and get the ebook pdfs?
    No I actually havent.......I just started following the blog and liked what I saw and read. I especially like the principle of very basic functional exercises that relates to everyday activity. Most small kids can squat, do pull-ups, push-ups and planks but we lose the ability to do these basic human movements due to our sedentary lifestyle. And the amount of diseases caused by our inability to simply do this is amazing.....diseases doctors are trying to fix with pills and surgery......but all (mostly) due to diet and lifestyle choices.
    The biggest challenge for most of us would be to keep moving A LOT MORE throughout the day. Going to the gym every day for an hour does not make up for sitting in front of a computer for 8 to 10 hours daily. That is still a very unhealthy lifestyle.
    There is a revolution coming in the way workstations are going to be designed in future. I am doing some research on that at the moment and it is very interesting indeed.
    Bottomline is that your body was never designed to sit in a chair......at all......nevermind for most of the day.



  • I'd really like a convertible standing desk for that reason. Cost way to much though, you do need to sit for part of the day.



  • We've got a few standing work stations around the place but not highly used to be honest



  • Hard work to transition from what I've read. Still, if I had a spare grand I'd go for it. If for no other reason to keep my toys away from the kids



  • You can go all out balls-to-the-walls and pay up to 5 grand for a Steelcase sit-to-walkstation if you want and it will probably be a bargain if it prevents you having back or hip surgery when you are sixty .......but there are also a lot of other smaller inbetween things you can do to help.
    Start by investing in a good ergonomic chair with an active back and learn to recline into it as often as possible. You get keyboards to suit as well. If you can afford a Steelcase Leap or Humanscale Freedom chair buy one today! Or at least something like a Buro Metro chair at the very least(NZ made?) and learn how to use it properly. All of this to stop slouching which kills your back.
    Stand up when answering and making phone calls???
    You can get a gizmo that only lifts up your computer instead of the whole desk to standing height which is not so expensive because you lift it up yourself...no motors.
    At the very least get yourself a rocking footrest from somebody like officeworks for about sixty bucks which helps with circulation and prevents you from crossing your legs under the chair.
    But this thing is cool........!
    http://store.steelcase.com/products/treadmill-desks-sit-to-walkstation/
    Steelcase and Humanscale has got great info on their websites about office ergonomics.......



  • I'd really like a convertible standing desk for that reason. Cost way to much though, you do need to sit for part of the day.

    I got one a couple of weeks ago. Bloody awesome! Swapping between sitting and standing is proving to be a great way to refresh etc. The first week was pretty tough as I didn't know how long I should try and stand for. I also noticed how tapped out my legs were when I was working out last week. Couldn't figure out why the weight felt so heavy, then I remembered I'd been standing 3-4 hours a day extra over that week.
     
    I'd recommend it, but obviously cost is a factor. I got the smallest model available through our supplier (1200mm long) as I have a tendency to pile a crap-ton of paper in my work space. Figured a smaller desk would limit that and avoid me blowing out the poor little motor on the desk!
     
    If I catch myself trying to lean on the desk or slouching then I go back to sitting for a while. Then there's certain tasks that are easier sitting/standing.



  • You gotta love the Fern, mention a topic and someone has experience of it. Can you link what you brought?
     
    And El Toro, I have the good chair, foot stool, etc. It's just necessary when you are a software developer and spend as long as I do at my desk.



  • http://sitstanddesks.co.nz/?gclid=CIOD4aGD67wCFYUhpQod2lkAnA#
     
    I've got the maple version rather than white. Also got a rubber floor mat which actually makes a big difference. I've still got my foot stool thingy too. I'll ask our admin team about the price - I know it was less than a grand though, maybe 700-800??



  • ha ha just realised my screenshot of the standing desk setup has the fern!!



  • http://sitstanddesks.co.nz/?gclid=CIOD4aGD67wCFYUhpQod2lkAnA#
     
    I've got the maple version rather than white. Also got a rubber floor mat which actually makes a big difference. I've still got my foot stool thingy too. I'll ask our admin team about the price - I know it was less than a grand though, maybe 700-800??

    They look pretty good. What's the benefit of the rubber floor mat?



  • I think it takes the edge off standing on a hard office floor. I'm pretty feral so I rock bare feet a bit in the office (don't tell the H&S nazi's!!) so the mat provides a bit more cushioning... if you wore trainers or shoes with some sort of support you'd probably be fine. Biggest learning curve is how long you can stand before you start having poor standing posture!! Especially if you smashed legs at the gym!



  • Brilliant podcast for everyone stuck in a chronic exercise pattern........addicted to the endorphin rush.
    First six minutes pretty basic then gold. Ignore the annoying accent of the host!
    Scroll down the page to get to the podcast.
    http://blog.primalblueprint.com/episode-7-primal-blueprint-fitness-with-mark-sisson/



  • Much cheaper sit-to-stand desk option for those interested........
    https://au.varidesk.com/varidesk-pro



  • Not bad, thanks



  • Sorry dont mean to bump this thing......
    Very interesting read on bodyweight vs weight training.
    Very much in line with how Pierre Spies turned from a freakish natural athlete in his young days to a bumbling hulk that could hardly catch the bloody ball after two years of bulking up.
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/are-bodyweight-exercises-alone-enough/#axzz2vzqFZNGM



  • Ok I know somebody should probably bliksem me for bumping this thing but there are some interesting ideas in this article to stop the rot while sitting all day.......not that I can do any of them right now! Have to be able to sit all day to be able to fight it I suppose!
    Just be careful with the lifting your desk tips.........
    Surprisingly-effective-exercises-you-can-do-at-your-work-desk
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/11-surprisingly-effective-exercises-you-can-do-at-your-work-desk/#more-47098


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