Updated: Mar 1, 2022
How would you like to be naturally lean, muscular, and energetic? How would you like to effortlessly maintain a low body fat percentage, ripping muscles, and superb health? According to Dr. Loren Cordain, the author of the Paleo Diet, we all need to model our 21st-century lifestyle after our primal hunter-gatherer ancestors to live a healthier #lifestyle and eliminate a lot of the diseases that are plaguing our nation. I have read a lot about this lifestyle. I must say I have to agree.
Here are some Paleo rules that you can implement in your lifestyle to improve your overall health and fitness level.
EAT LOTS OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS
The bulk of the caveman diet is animal protein (organic, free-range, or wild sources of meat, fowl, and fish), a plethora of colorful veggies and fruits, and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, their derivate butter, certain oils, and avocados).
For the caveman, this meant staying away from poisonous plants. For you, this means staying away from sugars, sodas, chemically altered fats, processed, packaged, fried, and preserved foods. It also means cutting out grains.
MOVE FREQUENTLY AT A SLOW PACE
The caveman spent several hours each day moving around at a low-level aerobic pace. This helped develop strong bones, joints, and connective tissue. Avoid sitting down for long periods of time to implement this concept.
LIFT HEAVY THINGS
Frequent bursts of intense physical effort were a daily part of the caveman's life. Biochemical signals would be triggered that prompted improvements and adaptations on muscle tone, size, and power. Make sure to perform a full-body strength training routine three times per week.
SPRINT ONCE IN A WHILE
For the caveman, a fast sprint meant the difference between being eaten and staying alive. Little did he know that those sprints were helping to increase his energy levels, improve athletic performance and minimize the effects of aging by promoting the release of testosterone and human growth hormone. When performing cardio utilize various types of methods.
GET ADEQUATE SLEEP
The rising and setting of the sun dictated the length of the caveman's day. For us, things are a bit trickier. Adequate sleep helps the immune system work optimally, and promotes the release of hormones that enhance brain and endocrine function.
Without a TV or computer to entertain himself, the caveman would engage in hours of outdoor play. Relaxed play releases endorphins and provides a balance for mental stress.
GET ADEQUATE SUNLIGHT
It's impossible to obtain adequate vitamin D from diet alone. Getting regular sun exposure allows for proper vitamin D production, critical for healthy cell function.