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Paleo use of free time, or, Houston, we have a problem.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Most of the questions I've seen pertain to diet and exercise; I wanted to ask another question.

I spend a significant amount of time at work staring at a computer screen, and that is not Paleo but also not something I am seriously trying to change (I don't get job calls for being a hunter-gatherer).

However, I recognize that my use of leisure time is not Paleo; you may have seen a Far Side cartoon that says, "In the days before television," and shows a family huddled over an empty space in front of the wall. The ironic point, of course, being that people did different and more vibrant things before TV took over; see http://jonathanscorner.com/grail/grail18.html for something of my own take. I believe that if Gary Larson were to create the above cartoon today, it would be, "In the days before social media."

However, I am wondering what Paleo changes I could make to my leisure time to perhaps develop more of a naturalist intelligence, or perhaps just be... I'm not sure what exactly to ask for, except to say that today's default actions are seriously not Paleo; see http://JonathansCorner.com/technonomicon for a "Houston, we have a problem."

So what activities in today's live free time options have the best Paleo merits?

TIA,

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on March 08, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Dancing and storytelling - this is the root of most cultures' leisure time. Of course if you're Nordic you could learn to knit.

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on March 08, 2013
at 10:28 PM

and also if some bunny or lamb happens by you can go paleo/cavegal on its azz and the knitting needle can double as a spear :) jk

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Become an angler.

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:53 PM

The slackline rocks the core.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:50 PM

Plus this. It sounds simple, even glib sometimes (when I say it) but it's really true. Costs nothing but time.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:24 PM

Go outside, then do things out there.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:50 PM

Plus this. It sounds simple, even glib sometimes (when I say it) but it's really true. Costs nothing but time.

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Start a vegetable garden. Yeah, I know, it's agriculturalist, not paleo reenactment. But it puts you in touch with nature, gets you outside in the sunshine and puts good healthy veggies on your table. I also find it terribly relaxing... well when I'm not cursing the damn cabbage aphids, that invade my kale. :-)

Personally, I spend a good deal of my free time training in circus arts (aerial, flexibility & some juggling). For me, it provides a loving supportive tribe that's bigger than my nuclear family, a great understanding of my body and an amazing sense of fun. But I think you can get those benefits from any physical activity where you train regularly in a team or community environment, and from a "Paleo merits" standpoint, if you can find a team physical activity that takes place outdoors, that would be even better. The key is to look for a team or community that's genuinely friendly & supportive rather than hyper competitive, snarky or petty.

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on March 08, 2013
at 05:53 PM

The slackline rocks the core.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Well, the obvious answer is to go backpacking. Or trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking, etc. etc. -- just get yourself out into Mother Nature and move. I guess something like bowhunting would be even more appropriate, but I doubt it's for everyone :-)

You can do similar things even for shorter periods of time -- e.g. go on a run for an hour or so, but run through a forest/park/fields and run, umm... parkour-style, don't just plod along. Along the way jump, roll, climb an interesting tree, sprint, slow down, etc.

But overall backpacking, especially minimalist backpacking, will get you closest to pretending to be a hunter-gatherer :-)

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:35 PM

Never underestimate the power of removing the bad thing from your life.
If you turn off the screens, you find yourself doing other things. You can even consume media, if you want, but go for the kind you listen to.

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:09 PM

I like to knit. It's not specifically Paleo, but an enjoyable and useful hobby I can do pretty much anywhere. You can go all out and find some sheep, sheer them and learn how to card/spin/dye your own wool. Or simply buy it from reputable sources.

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(2097)

on March 08, 2013
at 10:28 PM

and also if some bunny or lamb happens by you can go paleo/cavegal on its azz and the knitting needle can double as a spear :) jk

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on March 08, 2013
at 08:01 PM

I'm big into hiking/backpacking/camping. Some of my favorite mornings are the ones I get up, climb up to the top of some small ridge, heat up some water, sit on the ground and enjoy a cup of tea. I also however am really big into photography, so the two work exceptionally well together. Go swimming, sunshine, grass and dirt. it's wonderful.

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on March 08, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Learn to dance, any dance.

Argentine Tango is most likely to change your life though.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on March 08, 2013
at 11:37 PM

Dancing and storytelling - this is the root of most cultures' leisure time. Of course if you're Nordic you could learn to knit.

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on March 08, 2013
at 03:41 PM

buy a foam roller just spend 2 minutes rolling on your back. feels great

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