Meet Mark Dziuban

 

Mark Dziuban is a retired adventurer with a passion for life.

Mark Dziuban HeadshotMark Dziuban is an experienced salesman, avid outdoorsman, and proud father of five children. He is also a workout enthusiast, and holds a deep love for travel. Mark initially became involved with fitness due to his competitive nature, but it has now become an integral part of his life. He believes that staying healthy should be a priority for all, particularly for those approaching middle age: eating well and exercising regularly can make a world of difference, and prevent a multitude of health problems and illnesses. Leading a healthy lifestyle also allows one to look and feel great, causing a vast improvement on quality of life.

Mark is originally from North Lake, Illinois. He grew up in the town, and attended West Leyden High School. He then spent several years in Wisconsin, before returning to the Geneva St. Charles area of Illinois. There, he worked as a pressman, and succeeded in starting his own business. During this time, Mark grew his family to three daughters and four grandchildren, in addition to his two stepchildren. Mark and his wife Sue are also the proud owners of two golden retrievers named Bobby and M.J.

Mark Dziuban is a lifelong fitness enthusiast.

Though initially drawn to fitness because of its competitive aspect, Mark now loves the entire lifestyle. In addition to biking, Mark also loves lifting, and has been discovering the benefits of functional fitness. Functional fitness training is comprised of exercises that train muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements one might do at home, at work, or in sports. Training muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks prepares the body to perform well in a variety of common situations. It offers an easy way to stay in shape on a day-to-day basis. Mark credits functional fitness for his ability to perform daily tasks more efficiently than he could twenty years ago.

Though functional fitness is a great way to train the body for life skills, Mark also enjoys more strenuous forms of exercise, such as lifting. Weightlifting has a multitude of benefits for the body and mind, that include burning fat, reducing the risk of diabetes, preventing back pain and even helping to fight depression. Throughout his life, Mark has also participated in four Ironman Triathlons, which are a series of long-distance triathlon races that include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order and without a break. The Ironman triathlon is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. When Mark is not training for triathlons, you can find him cycling with his wife, or hiking in the mountains with his dogs. Many of Mark’s trips are planned around his love for the outdoors. You can read more about Mark’s adventures on his travel blog.  Almost every aspect of Mark’s life contributes to him maintaining or improving his physical fitness.

Dziuban’s Quest for Health leads him to Paleo.

Mark Dzubian has endeavored to include a healthy diet in his quest for a fitness-based lifestyle. He is an avid follower of the Paleo diet and primal nutrition habits, which allows its adherents to stay lean, strong, and energetic. The Paleo Diet consists of consuming only lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, fish oil, and grass-fed meat. Seeking out fitness in all areas of his life has allowed Mark to look and feel healthy and active. One of the long term benefits of subscribing to the Paleo Diet is the optimal health one’s body gains. This diet is not about a trendy fad. It’s a roots stretch back to our primordial history, mirroring the diet that our early ancestors ate. This mirroring of our past weaves important biological and evolutionary processes into our nutrition, allowing one’s body to function in a clean and effective manner. Best of all, the Paleo Diet, unlike so many other fad diets of today or yesterday, allows the eater to enjoy foods that are affordable, easy to prepare, and are accessible most places in the country. With a foundation towards real food, the Paleo diet encourages its subscribers to enjoy the best, whole foods they can. Since Mark has started following the Paleo diet, he has seen an increase in energy across the board. His race times have improved, his strength has increased, and he also feels sharper mentally.