Paleo Poll: What is your favorite way to get exercise?

by 3591 · June 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Ever since Mark in The Primal Blueprint told me I should work out less and take long walks more, I've been hitting the gym twice a week max to lift heavy things. I usually do squats, overhead press, bench, deadlifts, lunges, step ups, pullups, reverse pullups (to increase my pullup count) and situps.

I also enjoy good hikes and the occasional run. I wish I would swim more, but there is a perceived hassle to getting in a bathing suit and preventing myself from drowning. I was thinking of joining a Crossfit gym but who knows. I was wondering what are some of the favorite ways people stay active here on the site?

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10170 · September 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Although in winter we'll do some more indoor type strength and intervall training, we love to go out in the woods (I live less then a mile from a nice patch of 2000 ha) and do things like these:

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We prefer doing this together (me, wife and two little sons), although I can enjoy these on my own too.It is workout and play and family time all together. And sun and soil exposure. It's just fun, and great for your mood.

10750 · September 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM

My favorite?

Vigorous sex!

When that is not an immediate option... Just getting out there and playing in nature.

22684 · September 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Ultimate Frisbee



I.e. Play. Exercise should be fun http://thorsays.blogspot.com/2010/06/exercise-should-be-fun.html

491 · September 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Lifting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Yoga.

Yoga is amazing for flexibility AND strength. I always thought it was kind of weird and hippy-ish, but it's great. Not as fun as BJJ, though :P

40 · September 14, 2010 at 7:46 AM

Gymnastics bodyweight training is great.

I've recently started a 4 day a week program based on Coach Sommer's Building the Gymnastic Body book. He's got a great forum over at http://gymnasticbodies.com where you can find out all you need to know.

I'm working on doing the fundamental static positions (FSP's - warning, they use a lot of acronyms!) where you work up to doing sets of 1 minute of each of the 6 static positions. Right now my favourite is the frogstand:


4059 · September 13, 2010 at 6:41 PM

My fave exercises are hunting and snowshoeing, or both at the same time. And although I've been doing the Primal Blueprint Fitness thing, I've been doing a bit of running in addition to the sprints, when I feel like it.

2525 · September 13, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Bodyweight exercises. Many think they're lame, but they are very paleo.

You can alter intensity by varying the exercise, you can do them almost anywhere at no cost. The more you learn the more you realise what negligible value expensive gym equipment provides.

10 · September 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I run and crossfit 5x per week. I am aware that I am probably overtraining and that my volume of running (5-6 miles per day) is causing me not to get the maximum benefit of my crossfit lifting, but my goal of leaning out and my addictive personality doesn't much care.

0 · June 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I used to like running but have had to stop because of back problems.

I can't afford horse riding, and the swimming pools can be very crowded in my area.

I love trekking but haven't been able to go away for years now, so have only gone on long walks for the day near home (fortunately, lots of these, the only problem is lack of public transport on Sunday).

Until recently, I was working out at the gym (elliptical, weights/machines, Swiss ball/core muscle exercises) and attending aerobic and step classes, several hours a week. I have had to reduce because of a knee problem.

I have started dinghy sailing (used to do keelboat sailing, but again, can't afford it, time or moneywise) and kayaking (paddling). I absolutely love kayaking. It is a terrific upper body workout (not so much the arms as the back muscles and the abdominals) and it even works the glutes, as you have to use your bum and knees to balance the kayak! Being on the river also really brushes away the cobwebs after a day at work. I wish I had started decades earlier and cannot recommend it enough! To think that I just wanted to have a go at it to be able to say 'yes, I went on a taster course once'. Now I am hooked, and if it were not for the sore muscles, I would attend several sessions a week!

11011 · May 09, 2014 at 7:37 PM

1. Stair climbers

2. Full size trampolines

3. Hiking Mountains

106 · February 23, 2011 at 2:58 AM

recently started BJJ and Muay Thai, love them both.

I do bodyweight stuff in my basement plus some weighted work; working toward OAPushes, weighted pullups so i might one day hit the almighty OAP!,handstands and presses/negs, pistol squats with a plate, GHR negatives, dragon flags, janda crunches, russian full contact twists, hanging windshield wipers when i find a bar with room

376 · February 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

My favorite things to do are things I can do at home or close to home. I don't like having to go to a gym because I can't afford a personal trainer and can do a lot with just bodyweight, dumbbells (I have the Bowflex Selecttech adjustables) and a kettlebell or t-bar. I like to run sprints in the park, even when people look at me funny. :D

2412 · February 22, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Football training once a week. My season starts in May, which will also be a game a week. I play Australian rules in an over 38s team.

I also do strong lifts 5x5.

I'd like to do more walking.

453 · February 22, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I'm hooked with bodyrock.tv home workouts - it's short, intense and very minimal equipment needed :)

20 · September 14, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Kitesurfing! Awesome core, leg and shoulder workout. Plus it's like an addiction so I do it as often as I can.

2762 · September 14, 2010 at 6:06 AM

Aikido can get pretty vigorous and it's fun and social, too. It's my favorite way to exercise.

415 · September 14, 2010 at 3:44 AM

Karate. Sparring is great interval type excersize!

20469 · September 14, 2010 at 3:42 AM

I love to take my dog out into the hills for a hike. SHe runs leash free and thrashes through the bushes. I search for manzanita burl wood which I carry out in my backpack. Due to extensive backwood road building, lots of manzanita have been killed and pushed to the side of the roads. Those are what I search for. I pack out the wood and then trade it with a friend who makes lamps and furniture with it. In exchange, he gives me wild caught natural venison meat. It's the ultimate paleo activity, hiking in the sun, collecting, carrying heavy things, and then bartering for other paleo resources.

820 · September 14, 2010 at 2:20 AM

I don't drive. So:

Bicycling for groceries. Bicycling to work. Bicycle sprinting in traffic to avoid being killed, get out of the way, catch the green light, etc. Bicycling for recreation, including hills. Walking with groceries. Walking anytime.


Taking the stairs two at a time.

I dislike "working out" but I do it some (weights, bodyweight, etc.). I prefer doing actual work vs. "pretending" to work. It's a simple as opening the door by hand vs. using the automatic door opener, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, gardening, etc.

I also want to find some low-key Ultimate players. I had a blast recently throwing a frisbee around the beach with my brother, which I hadn't done for years. It was windy (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) so there was more sprinting than catching!

810 · September 13, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Parkour is a great way to train your body and mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMppD-bUNWo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

15831 · September 13, 2010 at 11:01 PM

kettlebells and all manner of pullups. both at home. i got a sledgehammer too and on lazy days ill do some shovelglove work. I'd say maybe 2 or 3xweek is all. Live active other than that - walk my dog a lot, move kegs at work, ride my bike everyday.

4465 · September 13, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Playing - anything that doesn't feel like exercise and makes me sweat

318 · September 13, 2010 at 5:54 PM

heavy compound exercises 3x week each workout has either a horizontal push/pull or a vertical push/pull and a lower body (squat/deadlift)

678 · September 13, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Lifting weights. 30 mins, 6 days a week.

Heavy and intense > lazy lifting for 60+ mins

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