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Body type of paleo ancestors?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 24, 2012 at 1:46 AM

What was the "ideal" shape and body fat percentage?

I figure that in the past, heavy lifting, six-packs, running 26 miles in one setting at a constant pace etc. were not part of their natural lifestyle. So if having super-lean, muscular and sculpted bodies (what is considered fit/healthy these days) wasn't the norm...what was the "norm" in terms of body-type?

I don't care so much for "natural aspect"...I'm mostly curious. I want a very lean and sculpted body, even if it isn't "natural"

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on March 24, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Awesome! Thank you.

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at 03:38 PM

I meant lifting isolating various muscle parts that many people do these days in the gym. I also don't think the body fat of bodybuilders is necessarily "fit" or healthy. I've always wanted to do a marathon for the feeling of discipline and mental strength. I'll probably be hobbling with aching joints when I'm older, but I think it MIGHT be worth the trade-off

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on March 24, 2012
at 09:32 AM

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on March 24, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Awesome! Thank you.

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on March 24, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Not sure why you think they didn't lift heavy things. Hauling a hulking corpse of a recent kill is a heavy thing. Moving logs to build shelter.

Don't do marathons for fitness or health. If you find them pleasurable is the only reason to do them. Compare images of top sprinters vs. top marathoners, which would you like as the physique you aim closer for? For me it is the sprinter physique.

The best guide for body type of ancient hunter gatherers are photos of today's contemporary primative hunter gatherers.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

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on March 24, 2012
at 03:38 PM

I meant lifting isolating various muscle parts that many people do these days in the gym. I also don't think the body fat of bodybuilders is necessarily "fit" or healthy. I've always wanted to do a marathon for the feeling of discipline and mental strength. I'll probably be hobbling with aching joints when I'm older, but I think it MIGHT be worth the trade-off

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