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Good Old-Fashioned Fitness

Posted Aug 31 2011 10:21pm

If you’ve been stopping by for a while, and especially if you know me for-real-in-person, you know I’ve been exploring a more traditional way of eating lately. I want to divulge the details, and I promise I will, but I need to focus on fitness for the moment.

My goal for the first two weeks of September (1st-14th), and maybe longer, is to engage in my very own made up physical activity plan. It’s partially based on what’s in my brain from having a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and experience I’ve had in the past personal training people…but the other input to this plan is coming from my ancestors (and yours).

Did you know that the average paleolithic human engaged in 5 hours a day of low intensity activity (foraging, gathering, hunting, etc.). He also rested and took naps during the day, and spent a few hours a day lounging around. Additionally, he (and she!) slept well, but not necessarily soundly for 7 hours straight, and at certain times, he (she!) engaged in very intense exercise/effort (being chased by bears?).

I can’t replicate this exactly, but I’m going to come as close as I can, given the constraints of my schedule.

I’m just going to lay out my Thursday plan, and then a general template that I’ll alter based on my schedule.


5:30am walk 20-30 min at moderate pace

6am gentle/slow yoga 30 minutes (I know I’m not going to want to do this one!)

Drive to Rochester to wellness coach (+ drink coffee and eat an egg?)

7:30am wellness coach in the shop for an hour (walk around talking to people)

{rest of the morning will be pretty sedentary unless I can get people to go on “walking meetings” with me}

{Home at 12:30}

12:40 speed walk 15min around the block once

{work and prep for webinar–sedentary}

1:25 rebounder for 5 minutes

1:30 Webinar for 90 minutes (I’m planning to buy a wireless headset so I can pace during future webinars)

3pm 10 lunges, 10 push-ups, 50 crunches


4pm 10 squats, 10 turkish get-ups (kettlebell), 10 sun salutations


{Matthew arrives}

Evening: Play. Eat. Ride bikes.

That might look too messy to see the pattern…

…It’s possible I will not get my work done with this schedule, but Thursday should be a pretty light day for me since I’ve done a lot already this week. Also, I have the weekend to catch up!

The general recipe:

am  - walk/yoga/weight room (any combo)

noon – walk

evening – low intensity cardio

in between  - once an hour do something!

3 times per week – sprint or do something really intense in intervals


What am I hoping to find out?

Honestly, I have no hypothesis. I just want to try it and be open to whatever happens. I have been thinking about it for a while, and my job/life fits doing this on most days. Thursday is actually the least accommodating day due to being in Rochester for the morning.

Totally unrelated:

We had this glass when I was a kid (others too, I remember Barney specifically). I think from McD's. I saw it in the antique store. I almost bought it for $4. But I didn't. Really. what the heck do I need that for (except that it could symbolize this way of being active!)? I already once re-bought all the metal lunchboxes (on ebay) that I had as a kid.


Joe had a BLT on my mom's bread. I ate it wrapped in lettuce. I swear it was awesome, but don't you just want to bite into that?

Would you ever try the ancestor-approach to fitness? Or are you really active and already do it? Since I have to sit at the computer so much, I figured I can just make conscious effort to move more (and also appreciate my walk to my car…maybe).

In other news, my smartboard worked this evening in class…and my entire class is females! I think we’re going to have fun this semester (at least I will!).

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