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Exercise and Paleo

Answered on March 21, 2015
Created March 02, 2010 at 9:42 PM

How necessary is exercise in living a paleo lifestyle? Is it sufficient to simply eat paleo foods or are there greater benefits by adding short intense exercise sessions into daily life?

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on September 30, 2010
at 05:12 PM

I'll rephrase... Whether it's necessary or not, it wouldn't hurt to add some exercise to our daily lives. :-)

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on September 30, 2010
at 04:48 AM

@Alan, that is impressive! I am doing fine now but it was pretty hard for awhile- had them done two months apart and got kind of cranky at how long recovery time was.

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on September 29, 2010
at 03:06 AM

@AnnaA, my father had both knees replaced at age 83 and was walking the next day. He fumed about having to wait 2 weeks until the staples were removed before he could resume weight training. He was leg pressing 320kg 2 weeks after the operation.

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on September 28, 2010
at 06:45 PM

Necessary vs. bad

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on March 03, 2010
at 02:35 PM

Thanks Paleo Dave- with my two knee replacements sprints seem out of the question just now. I tend to do more weight bearing activities since that is easier. Running up and down stairs isn't possible when joints are newly replaced- for awhile I went up like a pirate and down like a kid. Things are improving slowly.

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on March 02, 2010
at 10:30 PM

Necessary. Diet is absolutely essential but no one ever got healthy by sitting around doing nothing.

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on September 28, 2010
at 04:44 PM

Plenty of resistance stuff you can do without knees that will drastically improve your health

It's not just weight loss, it's hormonal balance

Insulin sensitivity, sex hormones, cardiovascular health etc etc etc

Absolutely Required for anything remotely close to optimal health.

Not at all required for weight loss.

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on March 03, 2010
at 05:02 AM

Absolutely NOT necessary. Beneficial? Yes, but not necessary.

Diet is 99% of the puzzle. I don't think anyone should be discouraged from improving their diet because they don't have the desire, time, or physical ability to engage in exercise. Getting your diet in order is the most important thing to improving your health, energy levels, appearance, etc.. Calling exercise necessary discounts the importance of diet too much. Calling exercise necessary is like saying someone who can't exercise due to chronic joint or tendon pain should just give up and eat junk food. A Paleo inspired diet will give vast improvements in health and fitness even if you never do anything approaching exercise.

That said, exercise does provide incremental benefits and is necessary in terms of getting 100%. From a Paleo context, I look at exercise as a replacement for a key piece that's missing in modern life, much like taking a supplement like vitamin D. Hunter gatherers exert themselves as part of their lifestyle, not for the sake of exercise, but most of us don't really have the ability or desire to duplicate that lifestyle in the modern world. That's where exercise sessions help. Research has shown that brief, intense sessions are good enough for signalling to your body "hey, strong bones and muscles are important to me!"

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on March 03, 2010
at 02:35 PM

Thanks Paleo Dave- with my two knee replacements sprints seem out of the question just now. I tend to do more weight bearing activities since that is easier. Running up and down stairs isn't possible when joints are newly replaced- for awhile I went up like a pirate and down like a kid. Things are improving slowly.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78407)

on September 30, 2010
at 04:48 AM

@Alan, that is impressive! I am doing fine now but it was pretty hard for awhile- had them done two months apart and got kind of cranky at how long recovery time was.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on September 29, 2010
at 03:06 AM

@AnnaA, my father had both knees replaced at age 83 and was walking the next day. He fumed about having to wait 2 weeks until the staples were removed before he could resume weight training. He was leg pressing 320kg 2 weeks after the operation.

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on March 03, 2010
at 12:17 AM

I'm inclined to agree with Alex (though I'm a bit biased!). Sedentary hunter-gatherer is an oxymoron.

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7bea72ef073e8f76b5828727f1460900

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on March 02, 2010
at 10:24 PM

According to Mark Sisson, your overall fitness is 80% diet and 20% exercise. So, you can get the majority of the benefits just by eating right, but occasional intense exercise will get you that extra mile.

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on September 28, 2010
at 05:59 PM

When is exercise ever a bad thing to add to our daily lives?

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on September 30, 2010
at 05:12 PM

I'll rephrase... Whether it's necessary or not, it wouldn't hurt to add some exercise to our daily lives. :-)

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2389)

on September 28, 2010
at 06:45 PM

Necessary vs. bad

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on March 03, 2010
at 12:05 AM

Dan John makes a good distinction between health and fitness. Fitness is your ability to perform a task. Health is the optimal interaction between your organs.

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on September 28, 2010
at 02:46 PM

I love my exercises!!! Nutrition is good if your a plant or a vegetable! But we are living MOVING human beings..... I think we have a BIG blindspot about exercises! Please visit me during my October Challenge, you'll get ideas of what and how to do it! Really!!!!

I may be a beginner but I try to do my best!!! I've just started a new exercise program, along with paleo style nutrition for the month of October. I already started posting pictures of the routines as well as a video of doing them, in all humility

So if you have any comment, or just want to encourage me just have a look or drop a comment, any critique, good or bad is always stimulating!!!!!

Here's the link to my blog with the photos and video!!

http://guythehealthypaleoguy.wordpress.com/2010/09/28/ok-now-ive-done-it/ link text

Thanks Guys and Girls

Guy

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on March 21, 2015
at 02:58 PM

They are two sides of the same coin. Usually, you would probably focus on heavy weight lifting and maybe some HIIT, but not much long distance running (i.e. everything above 20 minutes of running at whatever tempo).??

This will, in combination with a proper paleo diet, do wonders to your hormones in particular and your health in general.??

Of course, it is always better to eat paleo than not eat paleo, but you will not get the full effect unless you throw in some excercise as well. It doesn??t have to be super-burdensome (although I bet you will become a fitness freak once you start, it is addictive to feel good and have lots of energy all the time) and you can and actually should incorporate excercise into your daily routines first and foremost (not be sedentary, take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc). But some hardcore weight lifting in addition to that will be a big boost!

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