Paleo and Exercise

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There is a lot of confusing and contradicting information out there when it comes to the Paleo diet. With dozens of self-proclaimed experts, and hundreds of interpretations of what it means to eat Paleo, it’s only natural that this would happen. Here are clear answers to some of the most pressing Paleo Exercise questions so you can sort it out and get started.

What exercise should I do on Paleo?
Since Paleo eating is all about replicating what they were eating during the Paleolithic era, exercise on Paleo often follows this same philosophy. Getting a lot of movement in your day is key, with plenty of walking. Lifting heavy weights, and doing high intensity cardio is often recommended as the best sort of exercise. Anything that makes you less sedentary, because Paleo men and women were anything but.

Can I do yoga on Paleo?
Yes. Yoga is a great supplement to the Paleo diet, and is a way to calm the mind while increasing flexibility, strength, and balance.

Can I do P90X on Paleo?
Yes. The protein from the meat you’ll be eating on Paleo will help build lean muscle, and the vegetables, fruit, and nuts you’ll be taking in will help give you the energy you need to complete the workouts.

Is Paleo necessary for CrossFit?
Paleo is a popular diet choice for those doing CrossFit, but it is not required in order to perform the CrossFit exercises. The dietary recommendation of CrossFit are very similar to eating a Paleo diet, and they do state that a Paleo way of eating is in line with what they recommend.

Can I build muscle on Paleo?
The Paleo diet should encourage muscle growth because you’ll be getting the needed amount of protein each day. Look at pictures of cavemen and you’ll see they had no trouble building muscle while eating foods that the Paleo diet attempts to emulate.

Is Paleo good for athletes?
Athletes can successfully use the Paleo diet. The high intake of meat insures enough protein to develop lean muscle for a wide variety of sports and activities. Vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds provide the energy needed to exert yourself in any number of sports. Since Paleo isn’t about counting carbs or calories it plays well with an athletic lifestyle because you can fine-tune your diet according to your sport and don’t have to try to re-calculate any numbers based on the energy spent training.

Is Paleo good for bodybuilding?
Bodybuilders follow several different diets, and there are literally dozens of ways to eat while bodybuilding. Paleo can form a solid foundation, but most bodybuilders will supplement with protein powders, weight gainers, and other chemicals in an attempt to build bigger muscles. Anything that isn’t natural wouldn’t be Paleo.

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