The essence of Fast Exercise is intensity; short bursts of intense exercise interspersed with longer periods of recovery and rest. Exercise done this way has been shown to be far more effective at helping people lose weight and get fit. But it is about more than simply spending a couple of minutes a day on an exercise bike.
It is part of what I would call, “A Hunter Gatherer Workout”.
Each of us has a deep history. We are the product of thousands of generations of our species, a species that for most of its existence has lived precariously. Life for a caveman or woman was generally nasty, brutish and short.
To keep in shape they didn’t ‘exercise’; they simply did a wide range of different activities that helped ensure that they survived and passed on their genes, eventually, to us. Our bodies and our genes were forged by the demands of the environment in which they, hunter gatherers, lived.
As you’ll discover if you read “Fast Exercise”, there is compelling evidence that a hunter-gatherer approach is also good for our more cosseted bodies.
We need to be active, but not too active. We benefit from short bursts of intense activity and we need rest days to recover or we undo all the good work.
As the authors of ‘Achieving Hunter-gatherer fitness in the 21st Century’, a paper in the American Journal of Medicine, point out:
‘Hunter-gatherers would have likely alternated difficult days with less demanding days when possible. The same pattern of alternating a strenuous workout one day with an easy one the next day produces higher levels of fitness with lower rates of injury… The natural crosstraining that was a mandatory aspect of life as a hunter-gatherer improves performance across many athletic disciplines.’
So what are the characteristics of a Hunter-gatherer Fitness Programme? Well, they include:
Fast Exercise comprises Fast Fitness and Fast Strength workouts. In the Fast Exercise book, there is a detailed description of the science and tips on how to keep going. Fast Exercises can be done by themselves or combined with a healthier way of eating. Find out more at thefast800.com.
If one of your main goals is to lose weight then a combination of diet and exercise is by far the most effective way to go about it.
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