The Paleo principle is not just about eating like our Stone Age ancestors did, it is a complete change in lifestyle. If you wish to make the most out of your Paleo journey, ensure that you back it up with a solid workout routine. Paleo workouts are supposed to be short and simple but significantly efficient at helping you develop strength, speed, and stamina. Since the movements and routines are pretty straightforward, good form is essential, and you’ve got to be wary of overtraining. Additionally, you must make sure you are fueling your body with the proper foods pre and post exercise.
So what types of workout would be ideal with your Paleo Diet?
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
During the Paleolithic era, life was heavily dependent on being able to outrun animals – either by hunting them or avoiding certain death. In that regard, you should practice HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training. This means sprinting with all-out effort for a minute, then slowing down to catch your breath for a minute or two, then repeat for about 5 to 8 sets. This will give an ultra-boost to your cardiovascular health.
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Lifting Heavy Weights
Cavemen has to make use of quick energy bursts in order to lift and move heavy things. Lifting heavy things and putting them down is an excellent way to stimulate the release of testosterone which improves metabolism and enhances muscle strength and size. Since Paleo is rather high in protein, it’s no wonder that it’s popular among the bodybuilding / weightlifting circles. The very best movements you can employ include full body exercises like squats, lunges, deadlifts, pull-ups and push-ups. These are considered primal movements and highly functional.
Remember, eating Paleo foods is just half of the equation. You need to back it up with a solid workout that will allow you to get to your fitness goals quicker.
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