The Paleo Lifestyle: Living and Playing Like Cavemen - Page 2
3. What did our Paleolithic cousins do in terms of physical activity?
They were hunters and gatherers. When our Paleo cousins were hungry, they would hunt for wild game or fish, requiring the ability to walk long distances to sneak up on the pray and sprinting to make the kill. They would then have to carry the carcass back to the village, requiring high endurance and strength for long distances. How would this translate to today’s active lifestyle? One example includes the various Paleo gyms that are establishing themselves across the U.S. These gyms are not your typical gym, being filled with aisles of treadmills and resistant training machines. They are more barren with free weights, kettle bells, ropes hanging from the ceiling, patrons throwing around medicine balls, pull up bars, and in most cases no machines....just enough equipment that facilitates your body as the tool to build endurance, increase muscle density, while trimming away the fat.
4. What are the pros and cons of the Paleo lifestyle?
• Potential for leaner body mass
• Healthier nutritional lifestyle
• Higher amount of energy due to a more active lifestyle
• Prevention of potential chronic diseases (e.g., Type II Diabetes, Obesity)
• May require time to get one’s body adjusted to new lifestyle
• May be expensive as organic produce or meats, for example, can be pricey!
• Avoiding dairy and processed grains may be difficult as it is in a lot of our foods
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