Lifestyle

Flints tone the caveman body

AFTER decades of being sold home exercise contraptions that vibrate, spin, rotate, and fold away for easy storage - and all for six easy payments - fitness gurus are sweating on a new exercise trend.

The Caveman Workout is a new fitness 'craze' involving things like walking or running to one's destination and lifting things that need to be lifted. Crazy, I know.

This new trend follows the hit dieting movement, the Paleo Diet, which replaces processed food with vegetables and simple meats.

Like the diet, The Caveman Workout gets the body doing what it evolved to do over thousands of years.

Caveman exercise or 'functional fitness' is about incorporating movement into your whole life. It aims to strengthen and support you for meeting real-world physical challenges.

However, this is all very well when your life involves walking 2km to a water hole, hunting down a sabre tooth tiger and hauling it back to camp, but how do we get the caveman calorie-burning benefits in a busy, modern world?

According to outdoor fitness personal trainer Nic Carram of Byron Fitness, the cheapest and most effective way to get fit and lose weight is to rid yourself of those weird and wacky TV contraptions.

"Any product that has the word 'ab' or 'king' in the title or that you buy from the TV is absolute bullshit," says the Byron personal trainer.

Instead, Nic proposes that we focus on using the biggest muscles of the body, just as our Neanderthal forebears did.

"Think about it. Cavemen were chasing things and being chased, then crouching for a rest, which is what we try to replicate with interval training involving sprints, squats, lunges and lifts," he says. "But it's horses for courses. Listen to your own body."

I'm not sure if I'm personally ready for the caveman workout but I have recently ditched my vacuum for one of those old fashioned carpet sweepers that require lots of good old fashioned elbow grease to operate.

Lifting a squirming toddler into a supermarket trolley and scrubbing hardened cornflakes off the couch is also quite the workout.

I think I'll call it The Grandma Diet. But don't tell the LA fitness gurus.

It's my best-seller.

Ways to get fit for less

  • Power poles: You can replicate gym interval training by using power poles. Try sprinting from one power pole, then walking to the next, and then sprinting again.
  • Jump for joy: A skipping rope is inexpensive, fun and a super calorie burner.
  • Whacking it: Hitting things involves full-body movement and exercises just about every muscle.
  • Backyard blitz: Based on an 80kg adult, general gardening burns 290 calories an hour (or a Snickers bar), while real hard yakka like hauling branches and pushing wheelbarrows burns 350. Mowing the lawn burns a whopping 385 calories or the equivalent of half a Big Mac.
  • Friend or foe? Choice Magazine suggests getting a few friends around for tug-of-war and "wheelbarrow" races (the "wheelbarrow" walks on their hands while the operator holds their feet).
  • Twister, anyone? Milton Bradley's Twister is a game of physical skill that will get you 'planking', a great isometric core strength exercise.

Topics:  paleo diet



Anzac Cup kicks off the new season for soccer

READY TO GO: Greg McMahon of Tursa and Richmond Rovers coach Todd Jones with the Anzac Cup men's premier trophy this week. The competition will kick off tonight.

THE Anzac Cup soccer competition is in it's 68th year

Senator urges residents to fight for more govt jobs

Northern Star Photographer Jay Cronan flys from Lismore to Lennox, then to head south along the coast in the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to take aerial photographs of the Northern Rivers. Richmond River, Ballina Bar Emigrant Creek Pacific High way Teven Interchange. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star

Richmond electorate can lobby for relocation of Commonwealth agency

Police block business for on-line drug supplier

Drugs that were to be sold online.

Man arrested after investigations into internet drug business

Local Partners

Orientation gets an A from Sydney students

AFTER just four days of living in Lismore, mates Flynn Colby and Ryan Jones are having the time of their young lives.


Anzac Cup kicks off the new season for soccer

READY TO GO: Greg McMahon of Tursa and Richmond Rovers coach Todd Jones with the Anzac Cup men's premier trophy this week. The competition will kick off tonight.

THE Anzac Cup soccer competition is in it's 68th year

Netball champion to have breakfast in Lismore

Liz Ellis will be in Lismore for a breakfast event.

Business owners are invited tobreakfast event with Liz Ellis

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

BINDI Irwin has paid tribute to her late dad, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, on what would have been his 55th birthday.

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Selling Houses renovate for Salvos in 100th episode

Charlie Albone, Andrew Winter and Shaynna Blaze return for season 10 of Selling Houses Australia. Supplied by Foxtel.

Selling Houses launch 10th season in volatile property market

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!