Caveman Workouts: The Paleo Training Program

The Paleo Diet (also known as the Caveman Diet), is an established weight loss and good nutrition diet, but the corresponding exercise version is not so well-known. Just like in the Paleo Diet, the Paleo Training Program requires proponents to imitate the physical activities that humans participated in during the Paleolithic era, which was about 10,000 years ago.

If a caveman didn’t do it, then you shouldn’t as well.

Humans in the Paleolithic era were essentially hunter-gatherers. Living such a lifestyle required a large amount of daily energy expenditure in activities such as finding food and water, social interaction, escaping from predators, and building shelters.

O'Keefe et al. (2011) have listed many characteristics of a hunter-gatherer that should be incorporated into a modern fitness program.

Incorporating just some of the above suggestions into a training program for fitness and weight-loss would generally be sound advice. A more active lifestyle, with a variety of exercises, conducted regularly, among friends and outdoors, is a very good recipe for improving fitness and health. For athletes, a specific training program directed to improve the particular demands of their sport would be more appropriate.



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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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