Primal Blueprint Fitness

by laura on January 15, 2012

Primal Blueprint Fitness, Caveman Style

I love the Primal Blueprint approach to fitness. I think that I am most attracted by it’s simplicity. After my manyPrimal Blueprint Fitness years of excessive dieting, and excessive exercise like long distance running and daily hours of other cardio. I now realize how much damage I did to my body and the nutritional deficiencies I created. I thought it could never happen to me, that I was the picture of fitness and health.

In reality, I was starving. I ended up with serious deficiencies in vitamin D, E, A, B12, B6,  Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, and Potassium.  Each one of these deficiencies on their own lead to serious disease, all together they spell certain disaster!

Primal Blueprint Fitness, Let’s get Real!

Now back to the fitness. Primal Blueprint fitness is based on a few “laws”. First, move frequently at a slow pace. Lift heavy things, and finally sprint once in a while. It does kinda sound too good to be true. I don’t think it is. We have evolved to develop our fitness this way, so why not?

Chronic cardio workouts lead to sugar cravings as well as interfering with the immune system and endocrine function. Not to mention the heavy wear and tear, as well as vitamin and mineral depletion as a result of heavy cardio.

Brief sessions of lifting can promote optimal hormonal secretion as well as prevent the catabolic effect of prolonged sessions that leave you completely drained.

Sprinting is pretty darn primal. Think, caveman being chased by a lion into the nearest tree. Short intense sprints (on foot, bike, elliptical, stairs) lead to optimal hormonal balance, lean muscle development, and efficient and accelerated fat metabolism. Running in short intense sprints has also been shown to keep the heart rate elevated for a longer period of time, thus increasing calorie burning for the rest of the day.

Primal Blueprint fitness is also all about not having a strict regime. A bike ride , a game of frisbee now and again, throw in a nice hike/sprint here and there. Try to incorporate some strength training during your favorite television show. You can easily do squats and lunges while watching TV. This is great strength building for the lower body. I also enjoy working out with fitness bands for strength training. You can take them with you where ever you go, they are highly portable and you can use them for training just about any muscle group.

 

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