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The Benefits of an All-Out Sprint and the Growing Evidence that Suggests Playing More Can Lead to Better Health: Joovv AMA with Darryl Edwards

Joovv AMA with Darryl Edwards

After almost two decades working as a technologist in investment banking, Darryl Edwards transformed his health by doing one thing - he went back in time.  No, not by taking a ride on Doc Brown's DeLorean.  Instead, he adopted an ancestral way of living.  And his life hasn't been the same since.

Darryl is the owner of Fitness Explorer Training, is an international speaker, coach, nutritionist, and author of Paleo Fitness and Paleo from A to Z.  He has been published in numerous mainstream publications such as Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Elle, and Men's Fitness.  Darryl also created the Primal Play Method and founded Health Unplugged, the first Paleo conference in Europe.

We were honored when Darryl agreed to participate in a Joovv AMA.  So without further ado, here are Darryl's answers to your questions...

What is the one fitness activity that you hate doing the most, but yields the best results?  

An all-out sprint because it's so tough to work out at that intensity. It pretty much works out every single part of your anatomy - your body becomes leaner and more efficient, your work capacity increases, and your aerobic conditioning improves too.

If I opened up your fridge right now, what would I see?

Coconut water, asparagus, and lamb.

What 3 supplements can you not afford to live without?

Vitamin D3 is pretty much essential for me because I live in the northern hemisphere.  I also supplement with fish oil (to reduce inflammation) as well as a whole food multivitamin.

Have you used red light therapy?  If so, did it work?

I have not used red light therapy, but I am well aware of the reported benefits.

Do you get 8 hours of sleep per night?

Yes. The right quality and quantity of sleep is imperative for optimal physical and mental health. I would recommend between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep per night.

What is your favorite Paleo meal...the one that never gets old?

Marinated wild salmon, sweet potato with coconut oil, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, along with lots of green, leafy veggies.

Your book, Paleo from A to Z, won the Paleo Magazine reader’s award for best general health/wellness category at the recent PaleoFX conference.  Can you give us a sneak peak?  What’s the big idea for your book and what do you want your readers to do after finishing it?

This book was designed to be a lifestyle encyclopedia in a quick reference, A to Z format. Not only does this handy guide provide you with the information you need to achieve better health through nutrition and lifestyle, it will also motivate you to stay on your journey to improved well-being with practical tips, tricks, and trivia.

I would like readers to make a healthy lifestyle a lifetime habit - eating, living, and thriving as nature intended. You can find out more at www.PaleoFromAtoZ.com.

You’re well ​ ​known for your “primal play” methodology.  What would you say to your skeptics who think “play” is for kids, and not for serious athletes?

Well, there is growing evidence to suggest that play – the type of joyful, physical activity that we typically associate with young children – can have significant health, mind and body benefits for adults as well.

Play is not difficult to justify. Playful movement promotes practical strength, balance, agility, coordination, speed, skill, and mental focus. However, as a serious athlete, you have to train with specificity - you are what you train for. So for competition, you should of course focus on the acceptable paradigm for performance, peaking for competition, and recovery for your discipline. There may not be much time for play with a medal in mind. :)

What is the one book (besides your own) that you’ve recommended the most?

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson.

What person(s) of influence are you closely following right now?

I am trying to carve my own niche and develop my own ideas and philosophy. I am working to be that person of influence and leadership rather than a follower. However, one area I am focussing on right now is to develop even further as a public speaker. I find Barack Obama to be a funny, evocative, and powerful orator. And I am trying to take whatever cues I can from his speeches to improve upon my delivery.

If you could put a billboard anywhere, what would it say and where would you put it?

I would put a digital billboard on the Google homepage which would say:

  • Move Naturally
  • Eat Healthily
  • Sleep Deeply
  • Avoid Toxicity
  • Engage with Community
  • and PLAY Wholeheartedly

These are 6 of my 10 pillars of health.

(Insert Scott)

Thanks for submitting your questions for Darryl!  And thanks again to Darryl Edwards for being a part of the Joovv AMA family!  Also, don't forget to check out Primal Play and The Fitness Explorer when you get a chance. 

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