Oh boy howdy. The Boot Camp turn Insanity revolution has taken another step in the evolution of fitness: full-on Caveman-style diet and workout. It’s all the rage. And it’s happening, of course, in the heart of where fads and fashion should stem from: New York City.
This is amazing. In a recent New York Times article titled The New Age Caveman and the City, Joseph Goldstien dives deep into the hearts, minds, muscles, and colins of the wave of cave. While I strongly recommend you read his article (because it kicks serious butt), I’ll point out a few tid-bits here.
The Caveman Diet
Meat meat meat meat, meat meat meat meat, Veggies!!!!!!* Seriously, the ideal caveman diet involves eating anything that could have been hunted or gathered, and fasting for long periods of time between meals. Throw out that six snacks a day plan and eat once every 12, 24 or 36 hours (not on a regular basis, but often). Skip the breads, skip the cheese, skip the things that come in a package (oy, does that mean skip the coffee?) and get ready to boogie down with leg of lamb, tongue of cow, and all the best fresh flora you can find.
The Caveman Fitness
You are what you eat, so if you eat like a caveman, you better be exercising like one, too. We’re talking scampering on all fours through underbrush as if you were chasing rabbits, going rock jumping, lifting stones, and doing what Erwan Le Corre calls, ““primal, essential skills that I believe everyone should have.” In other words, activities that mirror what cavemen were up to on a daily basis. Leap, jump, chase, crawl!
The Caveman Lifestyle
Want to dig a little deeper? Take off your shoes. Donate blood regularly (it’s thought that cavemen probably bled more often than we do). Cook. Get out of your house and walk around. Heck, walk everywhere! And do it without a shirt on.
A Runner’s Delight Offers Two Cents
Here’s the thing: this newest health craze doesn’t begin to shock me. Everything the caveman regimine stands for has been brewing in the underbelly of fitness and nutrition gurus for years. Eat less, more fresh foods, no packaged things, eliminate excess. Exercise more, vary routines, use all your muscles. Make it your lifestyle, not just something you do during the day. And we all know how popular Vibrams are by now. And using your environment to work out? A boot-camp tactic.
However, the imagery of men in tweed suits engaging it what might only be identified by a casual observer as “freestyle walking” is glorious; and I’m never one to not promote moving your body. While at first glace the caveman lifestyle might seem rather peculiar or off the chart, I think it’s important to point out it’s really nothing we couldn’t have seen coming.
*imagine a fun, sea-shanty style tune