If you have followed any of the stuff on Marks Daily Apple you will surely know about the Primal Lifestyle which is basically lots of fresh foods, play and evolutionary movement. His book and blog are awesome and featured on the right of the page. Anyhow as a Primal follower I have picked up a few tips in the last few months on how to make living the primal way that little bit easier……
Fill The Fridge
Make sure your fridge is packed full of good stuff, loads of lean meats, fruit and vegetables this will make sure that not only you but those around you have no good reason not to eat fresh healthy food. For instance at the moment my fridge has some of the following in it:
Fresh Melon – ready to chop up
Some seared Tuna
Unpasturised cheese from the local market
Bag of Apples
Jug of water with sliced up lemon inside
If you check out the stuff above its full of fresh foods which allow for great meals or snacks whenever you want. Notice the lack of; Soft Drinks, Sugary yoghurts, and processed foods in general. Your fridge should always have adequate amounts of fresh and wholesome food stocked up this will save you money and time when it comes to preparing meals!
The Art of Sprinting
One of the best things you could add to any workout routine is a sprint workout. At first it will seem weird but once you have a sprint workout nailed there is no better quick and simple routine you could find. Spend some time warming up then hit 5-7 sets of sprints up which should take you no longer than 10 minutes. Sprinting will improve your:
Overall body tone and strength
Making it probably the most efficient thing you could do to maintain a healthy body. Just remember to start slow if you haven’t had a sprint session before thoroughly warm up your knees and upper body before flying into some all out bursts!
Eat Out Right
Its so important to eat out with friends and family. Unfortunately not every restaurant makes it easy to eat Primally but its always doable. If you remember a few rules of thumb like avoiding starchy foods and sticking to lean meats and salad vegetables things become a little easier. Let’s have a Look at some types of restaurant:
Italien – They often do great seafood or meat (carne) served with vegetables
Asian – Steer towards meat and rice dishes just go easy on the rice
French – Usually offer great salads
The longer you eat a more Primal diet the easier things get as you will learn what to order and you will start to crave real food making the choice of a steak over a pasta an easy one.
Spend Time On Your Feet
Keeping active all the time is hugely important tot he human body. Sometimes it can be hard to exercise regularly but so long as you keep active and on your feet your doing well. Try and make a point of parking your car further away from your destination or getting off the bus one stop early, little tips like these are great at sneaking in exercise.
~ Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity ~
Also promote activities try and arrange sports with friends or go for long walks to unwind and get some movement into your life. Its also important to make sure you stay on your feet a couple of hours per day. Too many people wake up, drive to the office, drive home and hardly spend anytime moving all day. If you have a sedentary job then go for a walk at lunch time or after dinner it will make a huge difference to your overall well being.
Learn an Imrpov Workout
Its always good to have an improvised workout on hand which you can do anytime and anywhere, whether your stuck in a hotel room or have 5 minutes to kill each morning its great to throw in a quick body weight workout. There are so many variations you can do but what is important is that you have a few that your familiar with and can do whenever you feel like. Its also a great idea to carry some sports kit with you when traveling around, If you pack some trainers, gym shorts and a few old t-shirts you know your prepared plus they will serve as motivation to get a workout done. When on the road I always grab my Nike Free’s and a few other bits and bobs which fold up into a small ball allowing me to travel light…..
Relax When You Can
Today’s environment is overwhelming even for the toughest of us, therefore it is important to have an arsenal of relaxation techniques under your belt to quiet down….. One of my favorites is 10-15 minutes of diaphragmatic breathing it can turn off the fight or flight response and leave you feeling calm and relaxed, to me its most important to do either at the beginning of the day to set a calm and relaxed tone. Or upon returning from work or at the end of a day before eating or going to bed.
Listening to good music is a great tool for relaxation, putting on some classical music or chilled out Jazz really makes for a relaxing evening along with a good book and cup of tea. Some other good techniques are learning to meditate even if its just 5 minutes a day it will have a profound effect. I also find its good to distance myself from technology for a few hours a day- getting away from the laptop, TV, and phone is something so important and leaves us with time to spend with our friends and family rather than being sucked into a virtual world.
It is also very important to spend some of your time with like minded people who hold an interest in what excites you, this will not only help stimulate your passions but make everything seem that little bit brighter. So in a nutshell some of my tips for Primal Living;
Fill your fridge with healthy food
Use Sprints as a regular workout
Learn how to eat out wisely
Spend time on your feet, walk when you can
Improvise workouts with body-weight and nature
Have several relaxation techniques
Spend time with like minded individuals
It would be cool if anyone else has some tips to share on living a healthy lifestyle, maybe tips they have picked up over the years or small day to day tricks that make it that little bit easier…..