Here’s another short excerpt from the The Paleo Coach for you to enjoy until the release date of March 5th! This excerpt is taken from the beginning of the section on exercise. I hope you enjoy it! The book is available for pre-order here on Amazon!
There are a few modalities of exercise that are indispensable. They are often overlooked, avoided, or underrated. One is walking. The first thing all beginning exercisers should do is increase the total amount of walking and low-intensity movement they do every day. This is especially true if you are a typical citizen of the Western world and the majority of your movement is to migrate yourself to another place to sit. I am not talking about strenuous exercise that leaves you tired and out of breath: I am referring to the type of physical activity that would have been your day to day routine if you sustained yourself by hunting and gathering.
If I show virtually anyone a picture of a lean, well-muscled hunter-gatherer and ask why that physique is the norm for people who live that way, I am invariably told that life is really hard for them and constant strenuous exercise keeps the fat off. This hypothesis is understandable considering the fact that so many of us have been sold on the notion that total hours spent exercising translates directly into total calories “burned,” which translates into total fat loss. By that logic, more exercise is always better, so hunter-gatherers must live a very physically demanding life for obesity to be so rare among them. In reality, many anthropologists tell us that typical hunter-gatherers “work” an average of fifteen to twenty hours a week, with “work” consisting of a lot of walking.