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‘Fittest man in the world’ Dean Karnazes reveals his secrets: Paleo diet, seven-hours’ sleep, a standing desk and strong friendships

As he nears 60, the ultramarathon runner shares his tips for fitness and maintaining your body for peak health as you age

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Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

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Dean Karnazes

On his 30th birthday Dean Karnazes and his friends started celebrating with beers and moved on to tequila shots. Nothing too unusual there. Perhaps more unusual was that the night ended with him steaming drunk, running through the streets in his underpants. Uniquely, however, that birthday run lasted for 48 kilometres and seven-and-a-half hours. It was August 23, 1992, and the night Karnazes became a professional runner.

It wasn’t quite a cold start – the American had quite a bit of practice – but it had been a while. In school, he had been a track and cross-country prodigy until giving up abruptly in his mid-teens, due to a personality clash with his new coach.


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