Adapting the Paleo diet does not stop at eating lean cuts of meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. You have to realize the importance of exercise while on this diet to achieve success. Some people switch to this diet to lose weight but they do not make the necessary changes to their lifestyle. It makes the whole thing pointless, don’t you think?
The Paleo exercise has the same principle with the Paleo diet, and that is to work with your body and not against it. Engaging yourself in physical activities will complement your healthy diet. This is going to strengthen and support a body that is capable of facing real-world physical challenges.
The caveman’s diet has a multitude of health benefits; obviously, working out has similar benefits. Regular exercise can help improve your immune system, decrease your chances of diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis, promote cardiovascular health and increase longevity.
Apart from that, exercise is also a great way to reduce stress, improve memory, prevent depression and help you sleep better. The fitness approach to the Paleo diet allows you to enjoy the rewards of working out while avoiding the possible negative effects of forcing your body to move in ways it’s not built for.
There is no steadfast rule on how to go about one’s exercise routine on the Paleo diet. The most important thing is that you have regular physical activities. Generally, the caveman’s lifestyle focuses on natural movements over machine-based exercises. If you want the Paleo way of exercising, you have to move around a lot at a slow pace. How do we define “slow pace”? Let’s put it this way- if you are struggling for breath and you are having a rough time talking, it means you have to slow down.
Walking is a great exercise for Paleo dieters. Allow yourself to get used to very long walks. If you want to add fun to your daily exercise, why not go hiking? Swimming, biking and canoeing are also great forms for exercise to supplement the Paleo diet.
Some experts agree that doing too much cardio will keep your body in a “fight or flight” mode. Chronic cardio has the tendency to increase cortisol levels, inflammation and damage from free radicals. Don’t worry about it too much if it happens once in a while; just don’t let it become a habit. If you do, you will risk burnout of your thyroid and adrenal glands. You are also speeding up the aging process this way.
In summary, stick to natural movements and remember that exercising the Paleo way means incorporating movement into your whole life instead of spending an hour at the gym and the rest of the day sitting in front of the computer.