Dean Karnazes once ran 350 miles without sleep. He ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. He’s a bestselling fitness author, and has probably the most impressive thighs in the galaxy.
So in our unceasing quest to hike farther and feel better, we gave Karnazes a call and asked him to share his secrets to moving fast and living well.
1. Don’t sit down at work
Sitting kills. And the practice of spending 40 hours each week with your butt in a chair is pure fitness poison.
Karnazes suggests swapping your swivel chair for a standing desk and organizing stand-up meetings when you get the chance. Walk your office barefoot or in socks, and bounce on your feet from time to time.
When you feel up to it, mix some standing squats, push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups into your daily routine. Keep yourself moving during the day and you’ll leave the office feeling vibrant and healthful instead of withered and used-up. Chances are you’ll get more done, too.
2. Read on the run
Literally. Throw an audiobook on your smartphone or mp3 player when you head out for a run, bike, or hike. The miles will glide by if your mind stays occupied, and you’ll come home with something to talk about other than how much your legs hurt.
Karnazes recommends “Endurace: Shakleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing or “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. Your humble editorial director recommends “Desert Solitaire” by the incomparable Ed Abbey.