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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 Walking (7)

Wednesday
Apr022014

Walk Wednesday!

 

 

 Go for a walk today!
Research has shown that walking:

  • Reduces the risk of lifestyle diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke and Type II diabetes;
  • Reduces risk of hypertension (high blood pressure);
  • Reduces high cholesterol;
  • Helps to prevent osteoporosis, by increasing bone density;
  • Enhances mental well being (less prone to depression and anxiety);
  • Helps osteoarthritis (joints have a wider range of motion);
  • reduces mortality rates for both younger and older adults;

Recently neurologists at the University of Pittsburgh, USA have discovered that people who walk regularly on a weekly basis are less likely to suffer from senile dementia.  The study was conducted over a 13 year period and it was found that those who walked on a regular basis were half as likely to develop memory problems.

How far should you walk?  The ideal cumulative weekly distance was found to be between 6 and 9 miles a week, with no significant improvement walking any further.  At about 1 mile a day, these distances are relatively easy to cover within a week.

Dr Kirk Erickson, the professor who led the study said:  

“If regular exercise in mid-life could improve brain health and improve thinking and memory in later life, it is one more reason to make regular exercise in people of all ages a public health imperative.” 

Sources: British Heart Foundation 2000, US Dept of Health 1996, UK Dept of Health 2000, Journal of Neurology 2010

Go for a Walk - here's a few suggestions:

 

  • Leave the car at home for short journeys;
  • get off a few bus stops early and walk the rest of the way;
  • if you have one, take the dog for a walk more often;
  • take your time, relax and enjoy your surroundings.  

 

Treat walking as a natural part of the day rather than an 'exercise' regime.  This will make it easier to integrate into your everyday life, reduce stress and to help put things into perspective.

Monday
Jul222013

An Open Tweet to Boris Johnson: Mayor Of London

An Open Tweet to Boris Johnson: Mayor Of London

I wonder if Boris will get to see this?  This is my campaign to encourage Londoners to walk more based on a redesign of the current posters doing the rounds on the London Underground network, a better suggestion for most people than being told to avoid physical exertion such as using the stairs...

 

Saturday
Nov242012

Workout: Movember Day 24

  

 

Workout:

 

60 minutes walk

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Note:

Please scale all Fitness Explorer workouts to your current ability. This may mean increasing or decreasing the weights prescribed, modifying distances and times, or changing number of sets and reps to complete. Get adequate rest and sufficient nutrition to fuel the activity and to aid in recovery. Work hard and play hard but never sacrifice correct form.

Please visit the exercise FAQ for details on individual exercises or consult the advice of a registered exercise professional to ensure safe execution of the above movements.

If you are new to this mode of exercise, try one of the beginner's circuits

Perform a warmup prior to activity, here's an example Fitness Explorer warmup

Watch   Fitness Explorer video's here on YouTube

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Monday
Nov052012

Workout: Movember Day 5

 

Workout:

We'll take it easy today after the work of the previous few days.  Aim for a 60-90 minute walk (read about some of the benefits of walking here)

Note:

Please scale all Fitness Explorer workouts and playouts to your current ability.  This may mean increasing or decreasing the weights prescribed, modifying distances and times, or changing number of sets and reps to complete.  Get adequate rest and sufficient nutrition to fuel the activity and to aid in recovery.  Work hard and play hard but never sacrifice correct form.

Please visit the exercise FAQ for details on individual exercises or consult the advice of a registered exercise professional to ensure safe execution of the above movements.

If you are new to this mode of exercise, try one of the beginner's circuits

Perform a warmup prior to activity, here's an example Fitness Explorer warmup

Watch    Fitness Explorer video's here on YouTube