In fact, the running was going so well after college that I decided to forgo medical school for a few years (it’s at 31 years now) and concentrate on a running career. The effort culminated in a top 5 finish in the 1980 US National Marathon Championships and a qualifying spot for the 1980 US Olympic Trials. Unfortunately, by then the inhuman amount of training and weekly racing was taking its toll and I found myself constantly sick or injured.
I finally retired from competition in 1988 and decided I would do whatever I could to help others avoid making the kinds of health mistakes that I had made. I figured I could use my pre-medical background, my degree in biology and an intense desire to unlock the health secrets that I knew were out there – answers to questions about health, wellness, anti-aging, safe weight-loss, nutrition and supplementation – to find the natural ways of achieving good health.
But most importantly, I saw the need for specific natural supplements to address the concerns of aging baby-boomers who needed nutritional “tools” to help them achieve better health. I was appalled at the amount of medications people were taking and the speed with which people were having surgery to address lifestyle problems. So I drew on my extensive research and science background to design natural state-of-the-art health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems.
At the end of 2006, I decided to jump into the blogosphere to help foster compelling, critical and enjoyable health discussions. Founding MarksDailyApple.com is one of the best things I've ever done and has been incredibly rewarding.
Out of the blog came The Primal Blueprint (2009), The Primal Blueprint Cookbook (2010) and the inaugural PrimalCon (2010), a 3-day retreat bringing together members of the Primal community for a weekend of amazing food, great company, educational breakout sessions, and a little play, rest and relaxation.
My life has been one built around health and fitness and I don't plan for that to ever end. I've made it my personal goal to help 10 million people achieve their ultimate genetic potential. I hope you'll check back often to learn how my story, the story of The Primal Blueprint, and the stories of all the Primal Blueprinters out there unfold.
My Top 5
There’s a lot of confusion around what really matters when it comes to developing a healthy diet. Should I count my calories? Should I go gluten-free? What’s the most efficient way to lose weight? Do macronutrients matter? The Definitive Primal Blueprint Eating Plan makes it simple to go Primal and get healthy!
The Primal Blueprint is a set of simple instructions that allows you to build the strongest, leanest, healthiest body possible by taking cues from evolutionary biology. Want greater health and fitness than ever before? Go Primal today!
In articles supporting a gluten-free lifestyle an expert will often appear warning about the “dangers” of attempting a gluten-free diet without medical supervision. There appear to be three primary arguments against widespread adoption of gluten-free diets. Let’s examine the evidence for and against each.
If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would it be? Is there such a thing as a single best exercise, and if so, what is it? Mark thinks there is, take a look inside to find out what!
It’s really easy to fall into the mindset of “I’ll just do it tomorrow.” This procrastination tool is one of the the best ways to sabotage yourself, so how do we push back on our tendency to put off what could be started (and enjoyed) today?