Socializing and group support for optimal health

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM

We all know that socializing, group activities were a key factor at any traditional, pre-industrial society: family, tribe or small town offered many opportunities, and the need to coordinate at the group level was basic starting at hunting large animals in the paleolithic and later something similar happened with agricultural activities. I am looking for those factors in our current experience that go beyond diet and fitness. My question is whether you have observed, in your own experiences, that the group support provided by a like-minded community (be it direct personal experience at a gym or via this paleo-internet community, etc) was key to reaching optimal health.

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on January 24, 2011
at 10:18 PM


Off the top of my head, I can think of a few examples. When working out, having a partner or two greatly enhances my workouts from motivation, encouragement, weight spotting etc. At work, I get more out of a project when collaboration is involved. PaleoHacks has been an amazing resource for me in reaching the most optimal health I have ever been in. I honestly get excited to look at the site and bounce ideas of people (I only have one local Paleo friend) Also, I feel generally just feel better around freinds and family. I think socializing is monumental in regards to optimal health and wellness, and that it should be a part of everyone's "health routine".



on January 25, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Oh yes. I started paleo about three months before joining my Crossfit box. I had really great success with the diet those three months, but it was SO nice to all of a sudden be surrounded by people who just "got" my diet choices.

It's odd now to think back on it, but when I first joined and started realizing how many people there shared my same philosophies, it was like a breath of relief. I even thought, "wow, I'm home!" Kind of ties into your tribe idea, right?

I think if I hadn't joined it would have been perfectly easy to stay on track and I would have done probably just as well with my goals, but now? It's fun. It's a super-involved little community of folks cheering each other on, sharing recipes and meals. No comparison.

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