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Be A Cavemen

Today's lifestyle has changed vastly over the past 100 years. There are so many conveniences, from an abundance of food to one-click shopping. While these things make our lives much easier, our bodies haven't quite caught up with all the changes. We're still very much wired to be a "caveman" or "cavewoman" for that matter! Today, we're going to talk about a few things we can do to return to the caveman lifestyle and why it's important to do so.

Move functionally
Typical cavemen days involved LOTS of walking, sprinting when needed, squatting and lifting heavy things. Today, we sit and sit and sit some more. We might workout for an hour or so a few times a week but the remaining 23 hours each day are pretty sedentary. There are few things we can do to be more primal. The first is to include a daily walk for a minimum of 30 minutes. The second is to workout like a caveman. Short bursts of energy like sprinting and including functional movements like squatting, pushing and pulling. 

Make your food whole
Caveman foods were very basic. Nothing was processed or packaged and foods were only eaten as they occurred in nature. Think proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Anything that occurred naturally and would rot if left out on the counter. For instance, a box of cereal can last over a year in the cupboard but an apple will turn brown and rot within a week or two. Also, buy local if possible. These foods have been grown without the use of hormones, antibiotics, herbicides, and pesticides.

Be in nature
Cavemen spent an abundance of time outdoors and in nature. The majority of our time now is spent indoors, in front of TV's or computer screens. Most of our communication happens via text messages or e-mails. Get outdoors each and every day and engage more frequently in face to face communication with others. 

These are a few ideas to take us back to our original caveman ways bringing us closer to our most natural state of being and optimal health. Try a few out this week!

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