Fitness History (Part 1)


Unlock the secrets of staying fit throughout history! This multipart series explores how our ancestors approached physical activity, debunking myths and revealing surprising facts. In Part 1, we delve into the fitness routines of primitive humans and the impact of the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution.

primitive man

Primitive Man and Peak Fitness (Prehistory – 10,000 B.C.)

Contrary to popular belief, protein powder wasn’t the key to our ancestor’s strength. Their nomadic lifestyle, demanding hunting and gathering for survival, naturally sculpted their bodies. Imagine traversing vast distances (6-20 miles!) for food and water – that’s a hardcore workout! And celebrations weren’t just about feasting; these social gatherings involved visiting neighboring tribes, often requiring additional journeys and lively dancing – all adding up to a remarkably active lifestyle.

 Neolithic Agricultural Revolution

The Neolithic Agricultural Revolution and the Shift in Fitness (10,000 – 8,000 B.C.)

The world witnessed a significant change with the rise of agriculture. Domesticating plants and animals, along with the invention of the plow, allowed for a more settled lifestyle. Food became readily available, leading to a decrease in daily physical activity. This marked the beginning of a more sedentary way of life, a stark contrast to the demanding routines of primitive humans.

Join us in the next part of this series as we explore how fitness evolved through the ages!


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