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‘Primal Fitness’ Tips That Can Transform Your Health

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  • The secret to lifelong health and peak performance is modeling the lifestyle behaviors of our hunter gatherer ancestors — the so-called Paleolithic approach
  • A heart rate of 180 minus your age is the ideal maximum heart rate for building aerobic capacity. That’s the heart rate at which you burn the most fat and tap into your glycogen stores the least. For this reason, you also need to be an efficient fat burner
  • The greatest health hazard of aging is not loss of aerobic capacity but loss of metabolic capacity and the metabolic flexibility that comes with lean muscle mass
  • Adults over 45 will accomplish greater health and fitness gains by building muscle than by taking up running. Collagen supplementation can help keep your tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints strong and supple
  • Once you regain the metabolic flexibility to burn fat for fuel, your body can extract energy from any substrate available, be it dietary fat, stored body fat or liver ketones, or dietary carbs, glycogen in your muscle or glucose in your bloodstream. As a result, your energy soars and hunger is greatly diminished

By Dr. Mercola

The secret to lifelong health and peak performance is modeling the lifestyle behaviors of our hunter gatherer ancestors — the so-called Paleolithic approach. Mark Sisson, founder of the popular website Mark’s Daily Apple and a leader in the paleo movement, was one of the first to help me understand the importance of burning fat for fuel. This is also the topic of his book, “The Keto Reset Diet: Reboot Your Metabolism in 21 Days and Burn Fat Forever.”


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