Believe it or not, there is more to the paleo lifestyle than just eating like a caveman. You can also work like one. It seems pretty safe to assume that if you are interested in changing the way you eat in order to gain a healthier lifestyle, you might be interested in finding new ways to exercise as well.
What is a Paleo Workout?
We already know that the paleo diet is about returning to more primal, natural food sources like those that might be found in a caveman’s diet. The same goes for the paleo workout. It is about making the most of natural movements and activities to keep your body in good condition. Because these workouts are based on movements you would likely have done in primitive times, many paleo workouts are designed around things that you use every day.
Many times, exercise can be simple and low impact. Go for a walk, ride down a bike trail, or even go hiking or backpacking. A remote camping trip is a great way to turn paleo workouts into a fun weekend for the whole family. All of these methods are natural forms of exercise that mimic the same activities that kept ancient man in such great shape. Contrary to popular belief, chronic cardio exercises which involve working out in an aerobic condition for extended periods can actually get in the way of progress towards weight loss and overall fitness. A paleo workout should avoid chronic cardio in favor of steady, natural activities.
If you want to do some weight training, you can leverage the natural movements of your body to help you mimic the types of exercise that would have been performed “in the wild”. Bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and lunges are a great way to stretch and strengthen your muscles without the use of extra machinery. These exercises build what is known as functional strength, as opposed to the ‘glamorous’ strength that you can build using modern gadgets. If you want to crank it up a notch, you can also use free weights or even large rocks and other heavy objects to give yourself more of a challenge.
Paleo workouts don’t have to be all work and no play. In fact, it can be fun to get in touch with your primal side. Climb some trees, or go for a swim. You are only limited by your imagination. Cavemen weren’t in better shape because they trained all day, they were in better shape because they ate natural foods and used their body weight and environment to their advantage. The key is to get in touch with a more natural exercise routine, so don’t be afraid to have fun with it.
If you are looking for a great workout that is designed around the paleo principles, Crossfit fits the bill. An intense full body workout that is designed around the same caveman principles as the paleo diet, Crossfit is one of the most sought after workouts in the country.
In order to experience all that the paleo diet has to offer, you want to start working out regularly. When you combine the clean eating habits of our primal ancestors with the power of paleo workouts, you will see amazing results.