Do a primal exercise.
What is a primal exercise?
A primal exercise is one which mimics movements which we have needed to do as hunter gatherers to survive. We have evolved requiring these movements for survival, our body is well designed to do them, and some argue require to do them. Think of something like carrying a weight, chasing someone, lifting, building, climbing, jumping and every movement in-between. Early man was very busy, and most activities required movement. Obviously you are no longer primal man, so these movements need to be condensed into a workout routine rather than a part of your day-to-day living. You no longer for example, are required to stalk, chase, kill and carry a cow – you just pop to the supermarket. You can mimic these movements. Rather than carrying a dead animal, carry a heavy weight, don’t chase a creature, chase your friend etc.
We have done a series of primal workouts (see the video), and we currently have 9 so far (although we are updating almost every week). They are a great way to mix up your exercise routine, or even start one if you don’t have one. The exercises vary in intensity, muscle groups and movements. All can be done in a park, and often require very little equipment, so everyone is able to do them.
Have a look at the playlist, there should be one which takes your fancy. My personal favourite is the Primal Skirmish (WOW #7) – it is both exhausting and fun!
Its a good idea to do them with a friend, as some will require you to chase each other etc. They all can be done individually, but they won’t be half as fun (or funny).
Which workout did you try? If you decided to make your own, please let me know what it was – I would love to try it!