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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Motivation (3)

Monday
Sep262011

Quote of the Day: Become Your Vision


"The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart - this you will build your life by, and this you will become." --James Lane Allen

 

  1. Visualisation is important as the mind is primary.  You require determined self-belief before you can commit to your goals.
  2. The mind is not enough, consider the heart.  Be passionate and create an emotional attachment to your ideals.  This will give you the strength to combat moments of weakness. 
  3. The heart and mind being in unison will lead to action, the more steps you take on the journey to your ideal - this is the person you will become.

 

Friday
Dec312010

Motivation: Be SMART in 2011 - set yourself goals!

Question of the Week: How can I keep my New Year's Resolution?

Q: Marc Jones, Cape Town, South Africa.

I never manage to keep my New Year's Resolutions past a few weeks, any tips - Darryl?

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A: The Fitness Explorer

As most of us embark on a New Year's Resolution, it is important to set goals.  We often choose goals that are quite vague such as 'I want to lose weight' or 'I will get fitter this year'.  No wonder 90% of us fail to achieve our resolution goals!

Making yourself accountable is the key to success.  One method that can help is the use of SMART goals.  This is not restricted to the start of a year, but useful at any time.

SMART stands for making goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timed.

Specific - specify exactly what you want from your goal, don't be vague.

Measurable - can you measure and track its success?

Achievable - set an objective you can realistically attain.

Relevant- is this a suitable goal for YOU and you alone?

Timed - set a time frame for this goal.

Here's a couple of SMART goal examples:

“I will lose 7lbs of body fat, decrease my waist size by 2 inches and improve my body fat percentage from 18% to 13% by 31st March”

"I will increase my deadlift from 1.5 to twice my bodyweight by the end of 2011"

Other ways to increase success: 

  • make your goals public and enlist the help of friends and family;
  • set yourself small, measurable sub-tasks so it is easier to track progress;
  • setting a goal isn't enough, nothing can be accomplished without taking action!

 --Darryl

Monday
May312010

Mental Imagery

During physical activity the old adage of "mind over matter" has often been quoted as a motivator during exercise regimes. Using mental strength to push us on, long after the body gives up. Can this really help?

There is some truth behind this, with scientific studies demonstrating that visualising engaging in strength and conditioning training brings about quantifiable improvements as well as physiological changes. Research has also shown that using mental imagery for muscle movement can create similar electrical activity as that seen during actual movement.

I am interested in this for two reasons:

• Using your 'mind' to perform an activity can stimulate muscle activation, and prepare your muscles for physical activity;
• Physical competence can be maintained (or even improved) by visualisation when practice isn’t possible e.g. - due to illness or injury.

To summarise use positive mental imagery before, during and after physical activity to help produce the results you desire. This is nothing new to sport stars and professional athletes. I am aiming to enhance this aspect of my training regime to achieve my goals too.

References:

Motor Control and Learning, Human Kinetics, 1999