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by 341 · September 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I need some help getting myself into an exercise routine. I've been working on my diet for the last year and now that I have that in line, the next thing is exercise. I'm not so much wanting to exercise for weight loss or for body image reason,... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · January 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I'm a big fan of Mark Sisson's approach to exercise (see below). I think it's a really "less is more" kind of thing. You need to be active in general (as much low and slow as you can do), but what you have to do specifically as "exercise" is a lot... (more)

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by 539 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

What are your experiences with exercise addiction and how has the paleo lifestyle made an impact?

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Olivia 0 · August 03, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I'm a little nervous about posting this but: in high school I was doing a level of exercise that I guess was excessive (hours each day) and compulsive, because I felt I HAD to do it, wouldn't skip even if I was sick or in pain, and always did the... (more)

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by 369 · September 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Summary for context. 6'7" 43 yr old recently diagnosed diabetic. Down 8% body weight in about five weeks mostly paleo. Blood sugars went down from 250-280 and leveled off around 120-160. Trying to avoid meds if possible. Up until today, I have... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · October 16, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Do yourself a favor and head over to Mark's Daily Apple and get his free fitness e-book. I think a good weight loss plan involves all three: weights, intervals, and lots of low and slow. Four days of elliptical and swim sprints sounds like... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

What type of exercise are people doing out there? I seem to read so many blogs by Cross Fit enthusiasts. I don't have the budget for that at all.

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Dave_S_ 0 · May 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM

For me, mostly walking. I like MDA's suggestion of a lot of walking/hiking, lift heavy things once or twice per week and sprints once per week. I'm just not up to more than walking and some flights of stairs at the moment. Crossfit is fun, but... (more)

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by 0 · June 02, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I love mountain biking. The last two weekends I have been out on my bike, for about four hours (with a few breaks) each time. It's quite intense exercise, but I feel capable and fine at the time. Afterwards, I get very hungry and eat a... (more)

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AnyonesGhost 0 · June 02, 2014 at 12:01 PM

weekend warrior syndrome.

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by 19220 · September 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Anthony Colpo has an interesting blog post today: Exercise and Insulin Sensitivity, Life Expectancy of Athletes. In it he references an interesting review article on the Mortality and longevity of elite athletes The summary of the implications... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · May 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I like Colpo alot but he is dead wrong. I have no idea what data he is sourcing because over all endurance athletes die a lot earlier. Take a look at this study that has all the professional sports teams i work with really re evaluating what... (more)

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by 450 · September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Tell me what you think!

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miked_2 0 · June 07, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Depends on how you feel. I do best after work, 5:30PM ish. On Saturdays, I workout with friends at 10:30 and I always do worst (and it's not because I stay up late drinking Friday night, I run the same sleep schedule all week). I have friends... (more)

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by 5838 · September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Does anybody know the ramifications of exercise with alcohol in your system? I completely understand the concept is horrible. The reason I ask though is that a few years back, I used to play soccer on a team that always met up for drinks before... (more)

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Pete 0 · June 10, 2011 at 8:19 PM

The body views alcohol in a similar way it does sugar. It will burn the alcohol for fuel before anything else, so if fat loss is a goal, alcohol is like pushing the "stop" button on fat burning. It will also cause any carbs waiting to be used as... (more)

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

How necessary is exercise in living a paleo lifestyle? Is it sufficient to simply eat paleo foods or are there greater benefits by adding short intense exercise sessions into daily life?

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Alex_1 0 · March 02, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Necessary. Diet is absolutely essential but no one ever got healthy by sitting around doing nothing.

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by 1676 · September 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Besides the diet, what do you do to stay fit? Does anyone have a formal regime, like crossfit, or just informal stuff like walking more?

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mtts 0 · May 05, 2010 at 6:01 PM

From what I gather on the internet some strength training, a lot of walking / cycling and occasional sprinting is the canonical "paleo" excercise regimen. So I do something like that. Half an hour of weight training a week, One or two (ok, one,... (more)

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by 821 · September 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I have found that carrying around small children, up to age 5 or so, rather than putting them in a stroller, is a tremendous workout! You can put them in your hands, on your side, on your back, etc. Even two at a time. Needless to say, the kids... (more)

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queen_of_the_stone_age 0 · July 04, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I'd second the benefits to the baby. I carried both of mine in a sling from birth in the shawl type one which they lie in at first but very soon sit on your hip. One of the main benefits of this is that they are at almost head height which means... (more)

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by 865 · September 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I've recently noticed that on days when I perform "high intensity" exercise (either heavy compound weight training or sprints) I end up with insomnia and toss and turn the whole night. I've been paleo (plus pastured butter and cheese) for a year... (more)

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Eva 0 · July 21, 2010 at 4:29 AM

I am going to take a guess and wonder if it might be glycogen depletion. If you have been slowly increasing your weight load and amount of muscle, your glycogen needs may be going up and you may have reached a point where you are drastically... (more)

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by 22913 · September 16, 2014 at 7:14 PM

32 year old female 5'3" 99lbs, no muscle tone. Full strict paleo pulled the fat off her but she struggles with 10lb weights, she fragile and pale. I got her to start adding Vitamin D to her diet, but feel she needs some resistance training What... (more)

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JJ 0 · September 02, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I've got a small number of clients, mostly women over the age of 40. Some are pretty deconditioned when they start with me. Here's what I've learned through trial and error (mostly error). Come up with a conservative workout plan that you think... (more)

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by 492 · September 16, 2014 at 7:18 PM

What is the best time to exercise on an intermittent fasting schedule? Specifically for weight loss, or more generally for just overall fitness. For example, I eat from about noon until 5 or 6pm every day, and fast from when I stop eating until... (more)

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Riveted 0 · February 01, 2011 at 1:56 PM

I'm with Frank. Monday to Friday I use an eating window of about 12:00 PM to 7 or 8:00 at night. I hit the gym at noon before I eat and destroy a big paleo lunch afterward. I then eat a normal supper and may or may not have another bite before... (more)

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by 768 · September 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM

I've heard a lot about strength training in a fasted state (mostly good things), but not so much about aerobic exercise in a fasted state. Are there similar benefits for the latter?

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Ambimorph 0 · November 15, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Here's What Martin Berkhan of Leangains says: (go down to #9) A large body of research on sports performance during Ramadan concludes that aerobic activities, such as 60 minutes of running, has a small yet significant negative impact on... (more)

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by 5232 · September 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I know, I know. I sound like a lazy bum. But: I'm allergic to exercise. It has a fancy-pants name, called exercise-induced urticaria [ever-reputable wiki link: link text]. I find that some days, just walking across campus is enough for me to... (more)

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Hannah 0 · March 21, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Kaz- Yes, I have a lot of experience with this. My sister and I both had the same problem for years and could never figure out what it was. We would try to go for walks or jogs and we would be itching the skin off our thighs after 5 minutes. A... (more)

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by 205 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I've been Paleo now about 2 months. Most of meals are directly from paleo recipes, so the macronutrients. ratios should be correct. My problem is after an 60 minute walk I smell of ammonia. I started my journey at a whopping 430 pounds and have... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · December 20, 2011 at 2:15 AM

@Mike It is related to a fuel switch and the catabolic breakdown of proteins that comes when you first restrict your intake of carbs. Usually in acute weight loss people restrict carbs and become ketogenic but do not eat enough protein to offset... (more)

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by 195 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Hi everyone...I wanted to know if any of you have experienced bloating immediately after exercise? My husband has noticed that every time I get home from Crossfit, running, or any other exercise, that my stomach gets really bloated, then... (more)

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Knarf 0 · June 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

I would say it's cortisol. Cortisol levels rise and then fall an hour or two after exercise. I've experienced the same thing. Hour or two of sitting around, and it goes away after.

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by 495 · September 16, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I try to work out about 5 days a week (hour to hour & half), cross-training mostly (as it's winter). Each workout is somewhat different from the previous (to prevent boredom). I eat probably the 80% paleo (more or less), been roughly 6mos... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · December 26, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Sounds a lot like overtraining. 5x/week of 1-1.5 hr workouts is kind of a lot, depending on your intensity. You probably should see a pulmonary specialist regarding the shortness of breath, it could be exercised induced bronchospasm or some... (more)

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by 98 · September 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM

55 Year Old Female, wt 123, ht 5'4", recent back strain (unable to hardly walk x 4 days) Now I am feeling better but know I need to exercise. In the past, I would just walk around the block and occasionally ride my bike, nothing strenuous. I... (more)

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AndyM 0 · January 08, 2012 at 12:59 AM

It sounds like you have a pretty good idea and situation right there! Having a good mix of activities will help, try to do something reasonably gentle every day. Try and gradually increase the time (so you can walk 45 mins or more), but for now... (more)