Wild Fitness is not just about how we move and exercise. Just as important is how we eat and the lifestyle choices we make. We try to follow the patterns of our ancestors with regards to this, looking at the diets that we, as humans, are biologically designed to eat, and avoiding those that we evidently are not. Making lifestyle choices that benefit us as they did our ancestors and actively trying to bypass those that are detrimental.
So are we advocating eating bark, dressing in skins and taking over the decorative rose beds in the local park as the site of your new leaf covered shelter?
No (but never say never).
We are talking about taking the principles of ancestral/evolutionary health and fitting them into our modern world.
A good system of this is the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. Within this we have 10 primal laws with which to guide us:
- Eat lots of animals, plants – Easy so far. Concentrate on good quality proteins, loads of colourful veg, select fruits (mainly berries), and healthy fats (Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seed). Avoid grains, sugar and bad processed fats.
- Move around a lot at a slow pace – Bimble! 2-5 hours of easy movement each week, be it swimming, walking, or gentle cycling has a myriad benefits to our health, from muscular and bone health to fat burning.
- Lift heavy things – Whether this is our own bodyweight, weights in the gym, or random things we find lying around, lifting heavy things 2-3 times a week helps to increase bone density, muscular strength, and burns stored fats, along with a whole host of other benefits.
- Run really fast every once in a while – Short sprints a couple of times a week take up very little of our time but have far reaching positive effects on our bodies. It doesn’t have to be chasing down a kudu, or fleeing a sabre-toothed tiger – short intense runs, cycles, or swims all count.
- Get lots of sleep – Quality sleep is vital for good all round health.
- Play – Engage in some form of active play each week.
- Get some sunlight every day – Easier said than done in this neck of the woods, I know, but important none the less. Vitamin D deficiency creates a whole heap of health issues, so get outside and lift your mood.
- Avoid trauma – Be mindful of the behaviours and practices that are detrimental to your health and well-being.
- Avoid poisonous things – Try to steer clear of the chemical toxins that surround modern living (chemicals, herbicides/pesticides in food and toxins from other products on our skin). also be aware of toxins in food (sugars, grains and processed foods, etc).
- Use your mind – Stretch your brain! Learn a language or an instrument. Be creative. Read more. Join Mensa.
I will go into more depth on these 10 principles in time through the blog so if this sounds like the right path for you, get on board and keep in touch.