They say the only way to move forward is to look backward. Before reading “Paleo Fitness: A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy,” we never applied that to fitness and nutrition. Author Darryl Edwards, a natural movement therapist and Paleo clinical nutritionist, convincingly lays out his easy-to-understand Paleo Fitness plan, which provides a comprehensive program of primal exercises at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as nutritional recipes and tips for making better food choices.
If you’re looking for a quick fix, this is not the book for you. Edwards sees his book as an “effective method to kick-start a new attitude toward food, activity and life.”
So what exactly is Paleo Fitness? Edwards describes it as “the ability to perform daily, recreational and extraordinary physical tasks efficiently and/or effectively.” Every exercise in the book is a full-body workout that focuses on functional movement, so be prepared to do lots of interval and circuit training. You get weekly workout plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels — four weeks for each level — that focus on development of speed and coordination, power, strength and flexibility. Each workout plan is flexible enough for you to adjust it to your schedule. That means no excuses!
Why go Flintstones on our fitness and food choices?
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t look like Fred Flintstone or Barney Rubble; they were strong, lean and athletic. After all, they were constantly running away from predators and hunting for their dinner every night. Their everyday natural movement included squatting, running, walking and jumping — all functional movements that still apply to modern humans, but unfortunately, are not always used. Edwards reminds us that movement is an essential part of life rather than an optional hobby.
The diet of a hunter-gatherer and the one that is outlined in the popular Paleo Diet consists of meat, eggs, fish, veggies, nuts and fruits, while avoiding sugars, grains, dairy, legumes and all processed foods.
While the Paleo Diet has its share of supporters and opponents, the one aspect both sides can get behind is its ban on all processed foods. Edwards ensures us that the Paleo Diet should be a “template, not a doctrine” and to use it as a “guide to help us navigate the challenges we face with modern foods our bodies have not adapted to.” With that in mind, “Paleo Fitness” includes a two-week meal plan using the delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes like Caribbean Fish Stew and Portobello Buffalo Burgers developed by nutrition expert and recipe developer Corey Irwin.
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