Primal Fitness: What It Is And Why It’s Important
The word “fitness” has been used to refer to many things over time. For most of history it referred primarily to physical activity such as running or wrestling. Today, however, fitness encompasses all aspects of one’s life, from dieting and exercise to relationships with friends and family and even spirituality.
In the modern world, we have become so sedentary that our bodies no longer function optimally. Our brains are still active, but they’re not working properly because we spend too much time sitting at a computer screen instead of doing something productive like spending quality time with loved ones or just being present in general. When we sit down to work out, our muscles don’t get enough oxygen and nutrients to perform their best functions. They become weaker than when we were moving around.
As humans, we’ve always had a strong drive to survive and thrive. But now that survival is becoming increasingly difficult due to global warming, resource depletion and other environmental problems, our drive for survival may be stronger than ever before. While some of us will succeed in surviving these challenges, others won’t.
If this happens then what? Will we continue living lives of luxury while those less fortunate suffer?
Whether you’re an optimist or pessimist, it’s in everyone’s best interest to live a long and healthy life. You never know when a disaster might strike and it’s best to be prepared for anything. In order to do this we need to get back to the basics of what our ancestors did every day. We need to move our bodies. Hunter-gatherer tribes weren’t concerned with getting six-pack abs or bicep curls, they just moved and survived. In a way, this made them the fittest humans to ever live because they had to do it for thousands of years. It was only when we began domesticating animals and growing crops that we started becoming more sedentary, which caused an increase in diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
What is primal fitness?
Primal fitness is based on the fitness routine of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. It’s sometimes called paleo fitness, instinctive fitness or evolutionary fitness. The theory behind it is that our bodies were made to move a certain way and our DNA hasn’t changed so much that our bodies don’t respond to regular exercise. If we copy what our hunter-gatherer ancestors did every day then we’ll be as fit as they were. This seems logical since humans haven’t changed all that much in the last 10,000 years. We still have the same basic physiology and anatomy as our ancestors because it’s proven to be the best design for moving our bodies from place to place.
Why primal fitness is important
Primal fitness is important for several reasons. First of all, it makes us feel good and happy. When we do physical activity it releases endorphins and other happiness chemicals in the brain. This is why runners tend to always look so happy and zen when they’re out running. It also makes us feel more youthful because it slows down the aging process by keeping our hearts, lungs and muscles strong and healthy.
If we workout properly then we can prevent all kinds of diseases that come with old age like cancer, heart disease and dementia.
And who doesn’t want to prevent a slow and miserable death?
How to get started with primal fitness
The first step in getting started with primal fitness is to start doing less. It sounds counter-intuitive but it’s true. If you’re used to running 5 miles every day then you might try cutting back to 3 miles and only running twice a week. If you’re used to lifting heavy weights for 3 sets of 10 reps then you might cut back to 1 set of 10 reps. This might sound really easy but it’s actually much harder than you think because your body isn’t used to performing at such a low level.
If you push yourself too hard and your body isn’t used to that type of exertion, then you’re going to get injured. This is why it’s better to take it slow in the beginning and work your way up to more intense workouts.
The next step is finding out what types of exercises are best for our bodies. This is where it helps to know what our hunter-gatherer ancestors did for a living. For example, if your forefathers were farmers then you would want to do lots of heavy lifting and twisting because this is what they did every day. If your forefathers were professional athletes or construction workers then you would want to do lots of running and heavy lifting because this is what they did every day. If your forefathers were lazy bums who did nothing but sit around all day then you might want to find another way to stay fit because your body wasn’t designed for anything strenuous.
Once you know what types of exercises are best for your body then it’s time to start figuring out how to do them. Most of the exercises that our hunter-gatherer ancestors did were actually very easy to figure out because most of them involved walking, running, bending, twisting and gripping. Many of these exercises are still used in gyms today but they’ve been altered to a point where they’re completely ineffective. For example, most modern day gyms have replaced their normal resistance bands with very heavy weights because the people using them aren’t strong enough to use them. This is a problem because our bodies are designed to use resistance bands and not heavy weights.
The closer you can get to the way your ancestors actually did things, the better your results will be.
Now that you know what types of exercises your body was designed for and you know how to do them, it’s time to start having fun! Explore the different types of primal fitness programs and find out which one you like best. If you have a hard time getting started then I would recommend playing some fast paced music and trying to keep up with it. If you can keep up with it then your heart rate will be elevated and your muscles will start to burn. This is a great feeling that can’t be replicated anywhere else and there’s really nothing quite like it.
Good luck and have fun!
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