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Just as ancestral principles can guide us in dietary choices, so they can help us envision the physical exercises our bodies genetically anticipate. Which movements have humans been performing for millions of years? Humans have been squatting, horizontal pressing, vertical pressing, climbing, and using their torsos to resist pushing and pulling forces for millions of years. We’ve been running really quickly for millions of years. And we’ve been walking long distances at slow paces for millions of years.
Now, it’s the 21st century, and things have changed, but we still need to perform the movements. They are essential to our health and functionality. In fact, I call them the Four Essential Movements.
Brief, explosive all-out sprints are the single best activity to promote rapid reduction of excess body fat, achieve fitness breakthroughs, flood the bloodstream with anti-aging hormones like testosterone and human growth hormone, and boost neuron function in the brain. Even a very brief sprint session has a profound effect on your metabolic and hormonal function for hours and days afterward, sending what Paleo movement pioneer Dr. Art DeVany calls a “renewal signal” to your genes.
Sprinting is an essential fitness objective for everyone, but you must learn how to do it correctly to enjoy the benefits and prevent the pitfalls.