You’ve been on the Paleo diet for a little while now and it’s really going good! Your energy levels are higher and you are feeling better than you have in months. Maybe now you want to focus on your physical activity goals to put your Paleo lifestyle in full swing for optimum health and weight loss. The problem? You don’t know where to begin when it comes to getting fit on the Paleo diet. We can help!
What is the Paleo Diet?
The modern Paleo diet was founded by Loren Cordain, a Colorado State University health professor, his premise is that because the human genome has not changed since the Paleolithic era, thus our natural diet is the same as what we ate 50,000 years ago. This was the age where man was a hunter/gatherer, and we survived on vegetables, fruit, berries, grass fed meats, fish, nuts and seeds.
Remember this was before the birth of agriculture so grains, breads and wheat, none were available back then. There was also little or no food storage available so food was eaten fresh. Put simply if a caveman could find and eat it, then it is Paleo-approved food. They also used physical activity to hunt and gather their food, burning calories and keeping fit. Have you ever seen a picture of a fat caveman? We haven’t either!
Here are some great ways to get fit on the Paleo diet:
Walking and running and great forms of physical activity, and they’re free. While some people love running, others prefer walking because it is less stressful on their joints. Either way, you’ll burn calories when you include spurts of activity mixed in with moderate exercise.
Yoga is a great form of exercise that also serves as a form of meditation. Whether you practice Bikram, Hatha, or other types of yoga, the health benefits are irrefutable. Yoga is the perfect accompaniment to other forms of exercise that you participate in.
There’s nothing quite like hiking in nature to work up a sweat. Whether you are hiking up a mountain or on flat terrain, it’s fun as well as calorie-burning. Plus, if you have a dog, they love to hike too! Be sure to bring plenty of Paleo-friendly snacks when you’re hiking.
Though it’s hard especially in the beginning, strength training is a great way to build your muscles and get strong. You don’t have to worry about bulking up if you don’t want to; using light weights will still give you amazing results!