Over the last century with the industrial revolution our modern lifestyles have given us the resources to lead the most inactive lives in known human history.
- Is physical inactivity paleo?
- How many hours per day are you physically inactive?
asked byStephen_4 (10989)
Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!
on April 21, 2014
at 08:04 PM
While a sedentary lifestyle is most certainly not paleo, neither is excessive athleticism.
Here's my mix:
- I lift in moderation 1-2 times per week, maybe less, mostly body-weight. I feel I should do more of this but don't like it.
- I traverse 3-4 miles of varying terrain at varying paces, running more than half the time, about 3-4 times per week. I go out of my way to avoid pavement because it's... dare I say... not paleo. My ankles are strong and I can hop around on uneven ground like a mountain goat. I feel I should do a little less of this, but I do like it.
- I work a sedentary desk job. As per Paul Jaminet, I make a point to avoid sitting still for more than 20-30 minutes, standing up to stretch/move my legs, switching positions, changing the height of my seat or angle of my monitor, etc... anything to not stay perfectly still. Actually got in trouble once for doing jumping jacks...
- I have two 10 minute breaks at work and usually walk or run (mood dependent) around the building during both of them, but at least one (maybe outside for 5-7 min/break).
- I usually skip eating during my 30 minute lunch and walk or run for 15-20 minutes at that time. I usually snack or eat a paleo lunch at my desk instead.
- I try to keep active for most of my weekend too.
There's more but I don't want to fill the page... The point is to do your best to avoid staying still for more than 30 minutes at a time, move at a moderate pace as much as you can, and get your heart rate up a couple times per day, all without placing excessive strain or wear on your tissues.
Fitness fanatics often obsess to the point of excessive athleticism... For instance during a strenuous hike this weekend, on a long uphill stretch, this big bulky (mostly muscle) man came running full-bore up the hill and just kept on going until he was out of sight. I don't think most of our ancestors would have been capable of that (I'm certainly not) but, if they were, they would have avoided such activity like the plague. That man will probably wear out his tissues and organs by his mid 50's and die around 60-75. During the same hike, near the peak of the mountain, we crossed an elderly couple, thin and grey haired, probably in their late 70's to early 80's, strolling up the mountain and enjoying the views and fresh air. Who do I want to be when I grow up?
on April 23, 2014
at 01:02 AM
Is physical inactivity paleo? Yes & no.
I would suggest that paleo folks did whatever they could do to minimize energy output... "leisure time" jogging, weight lifting or sprinting probably were not done. imo they were as inactive as they could be or as least active as possible.
lounging interspersed with the "three F's" followed by sleeping. :)
on April 22, 2014
at 05:48 PM
No. This is one of the reasons I'm dismissive of VLC in general, and Taubes/Atkins in particular. The lifestyle defines the diet, not vice versa. Shunning carb-eating to support ketosis isn't ancestral.
I look at the Kenyan marathoners as an ancestral model. Endurance is key, and favors miles of persistent effort to wind sprints.
on April 22, 2014
at 05:12 PM
it is not healthy. Do you count inactivity as standing at a desk rather that sitting? If so, a good amount of time is spent inactive but it is unavoidable. Trying to move as much as possible to limit the time in which not energy is being exerted is probably the best bet. The first answer on this page was well written and answers the ? well
on April 21, 2014
at 04:08 PM
The consensus seems to be that large amounts of low level activity mixed with small amounts of high intensity is 'paleo'. As you can imagine our ancestors did not spend all day running on a tredmil, but they probably did move around quite a bit due to the fact that they did not have T.V. They also would have needed to up the pace a bit when running from or after things from time to time.
So the answer to the question is, No. But certainly training often would not be 'paleo' either.