The human body is made up of many different parts such as muscles, joints, organs, bones, blood and other tissues. These components are used to help our body survive and thrive in the environment that we live in.
If you think back to 500 years ago before humans were civilized, we would have been doing multiple movements per day to help us scavenge, fight for survival, build shelter, and walk everywhere.
Our bodies have adapted to this way of living which is why we struggle now to keep off the weight and keep the muscle on.
If you want to get back to your caveman physic – follow these 4 simple primal movement patterns.
1 - Squat: Back in the cavemen days having a strong leg, back, and bum muscles were an important part of survival. Cavemen used to squat for hours while waiting for prey and it was also considered the safest and most comfortable way to sit. Squatting obviously improves the strength in your legs, bum, and core but squatting can also create an anabolic environment which helps to strengthen the rest of your body!
2 - Push: Such as push-ups, pushing weights with your arms and pushing weight with your legs. Getting up and down off the ground or even into and out of trees was a movement that was used a lot by cavemen. Not only does it strengthen your arms and legs it will help to improve movement in your shoulders and strength in your back and chest.
3 – Twist: Side to side or back to front. Being able to twist your body in a fast motion without injuring your self is a must to survival. By doing twisting movements during your workout you’ll be strengthening your core, back and if doing it with free-weights then your arms and legs too.
4 – Cardio: Cavemen walked a minimum of 5km per day. It may not seem like much but it is a solid 2 hours of walking at a normal pace. Being able to run long distances was also a plus for those who would go out hunting and needed to run and hide from prey bigger than themselves. Cardio not only helps you lose fat, it strengthens your heart and lungs and helps you build up more tolerance to longer workouts.