The Basics of Primal Fitness
When I first saw the fitness concepts associated with a Primal lifestyle, I literally laughed out loud. I didn't believe that putting in less gym-time would provide greater results. But 110 pounds later, I believe!
I was first introduced to the Primal lifestyle on Mark's Daily Apple - a blog by the founder of The Primal Blueprint. I had been dabbling in the paleo world for a little while, but without the commitment necessary because I could never figure out the fitness aspects of losing weight. The concepts of Primal fitness were simple enough that I didn't get discouraged trying to determine how to workout. I wasn't overwhelmed by complicated training programs that I knew I would just stop doing anyway.
Since I started, I've learned more and more at a pace that suites me. I continue to learn every day, and my workouts now incorporate free weights, kettlebells, and other equipment I used to find intimidating. Like so many people, I can remember never understanding what I had to do in the gym to see results on the scale and in the mirror.
See how easy it can be to optimize your health and minimize your confusion...
The Basic Concepts of Primal Fitness
1. Move Frequently at a Slow Pace
Get some low-level aerobic activity for 2-5 hours every week. Go for a hike, take an easy bike ride, just find a way to move around. This will strengthen the cardiovascular and immune systems. It also promotes fat metabolism, and will provide a strong base for more intense workouts.
2. Lift Heavy Things
Lift something heavy for 30-45 minutes, two or three times a week. Focus on movements that involve your whole body. That's why I prefer kettlebells for my heavy lift days. As long as you're emulating the movements of our Primal ancestors (pushing, pulling, jumping, etc.), you'll stimulate lean muscle development, accelerate fat loss, and increase energy.
Go ALL OUT one time every week. This could be running outside up a hill, or riding the stationary bike at the gym. Sprint 6-10 times with as much rest as needed between sprints. Your sprint should last 10-20 seconds depending on your ability. Sprinting stimulates the production of HGH and testosterone which helps with overall fitness.