"You may delay, but time will not." ― Benjamin Franklin
Remember saying to yourself that you will do something about your weight tomorrow or next week or when the planets align? It never happened did it?
Putting it off has been a bugbear of mine for years. Until today. Today I start my 24 hour challenge in terms of practising the 3 pillars that lead to me being happy, healthy and fulfilled.
I will then repeat the 24 hour challenge over and over until I get the job done. What is the "job"? To lose 21kg in 25 weeks and be smoke free. Just watch me.
Paleometrics – Back To Basics Exercising
What is Paleometrics?
Use Paleometrics to get lean
is the exercising system that is creating a lot of buzz in the fitness industry in 2013 and judging by the popularity and the sheer numbers of people talking about it, it is goingto be the exercise plan for generations to come. I’ll back up that statement a little later but firstly i want to explain to you just what Paleometrics is.
Stripping it right back to basics, the word “Paleo” relates to period in time spanning millions of years ending around 10,000 years ago. It is known as the Paleolithic Age. People of this age were true hunters and collectors of food. They constructed their dwellings from items they foraged for and crafted their own necessities such as tools and weapons from stone and wood. The word “Paleo” is derived from the Greek word “palaios” meaning “old” and “lithic” is from the Greek word “lithos” meaning “stone”. This period truly was the “Stone Age”.
Men of this era spent their time out in the wilderness hunting wild animals for meat to feed the family or for the hide to clothe themselves. They would corner and wrestle small animals into submission before killing them and hauling them back to their abode for a feast or he would climb a tree and sit in wait for a wild boar to pass underneath and leap on top of it to administer a killer blow perhaps even clubbing it to death. He could have spent time sprinting to either catch up to an animal or to prevent himself becoming a meal himself for them.
Squatting down, lunging, climbing, reaching, pushing or pulling and even swimming were everyday activities for homo sapiens of this time as they went about their daily lives. Some had to roll huge boulders over great distances back to camp so they could fashion tools and other needed implements to survive.
Females also played a huge part in day to day living. Apart from caring for the young, she would have left home carrying her child on her back while hiking through the hills and mountains to collect fruit, nuts and berries to eat being ever mindful that a dangerous animal could pounce anytime. She also had to be athletic in this case.
You can see from above that people from the Stone Age were very active, lean and fit. Not only did their diet only consist of natural, untouched foods but their daily chores ensured they were muscular with energy to burn.
Cavemen Did Not Work 9 to 5
An important point I will add here is that these cavemen did not “work” 9 to 5 like you and I. If they got lucky they would be out in the field for an hour or less but that hour was intense. It was short, sharp work that raised the heart rate, bought sweat to the brow and certainly left them feeling that they had been in battle. They would have spent many hours a day resting and recuperating for tomorrows hunt. Perhaps sitting around the fire whittling a tree branch to make his next spear or cutting an animal hide for blankets or clothing and finish it off with a nice, protein rich meal.
Are you starting to understand the lifestyle of someone from the Paleolithic Age? Spend the morning running, jumping, climbing, wrestling, sprinting, lifting, crouching, lunging and diving then resting for the remainder of the day to prepare to do the same tomorrow. It is what they were designed to do. It is precisely what evolution had in mind for them. It was short and sharp but highly intense and because he performed these tasks, or exercises, everyday, his body was finely tuned.
How Does That Relate To Me?
The Wall Street Journal published an article where 5 leading sports scientists got together to determine who was the fittest man on Earth. They voted for decathlete Roman Sebrle from the Czech Republic which is all well and good but let’s take a look at what Roman does or what his discipline involves.
The decathlete needs speed for the 100m and endurance for the 1500. He requires co-ordination for the high jump and long jump and he requires power for the javelin, shot put and pole vault and balance for the hurdles. Would it be fair to say that members of the decathlon family mimic the movements of Stone Age men? Speed, Co-ordination, Power, Endurance and Balance.