Sunday, October 14, 2012

Paleo Exercise Program

Have you ever wandered around the Paleolithic man exhibit at the natural history museum, only to find yourself completely aroused? Of course you have. In fact, one out of four museum curators have been caught engaged in illicit trysts with the mannequins in this particular section. Because beneath all of their thick, parasite-infested body hair, Paleo man was sporting killer abs, toned triceps, and bulging latissimus dorsals that could make you almost forget their horrible mouth-breathing and wet elk smell.

Now, you too can be pelt-bikini ready in no time by following the Paleo exercise program. Much like the popular Paleo diet, where people only eat rocks and raw animals, the Paleo exercise program is based on adjusting your routine to incorporate only the exercises that cavemen used to do millions of years ago. Specifically:

Paleolithic man was notorious for stalking herds of migratory animals for extended periods of time, which was not only pervy, but also a great cardio workout.  Today, the same results can be achieved by following a family of four around Super Walmart for 6-8 months. For added intensity, anger the bulkiest member of the herd by stealing its deeply discounted ham or taking the last DVD of the new Twilight movie even though there’s a huge line of people who’ve been waiting for it all night and you haven’t even read the books.

If you prefer to walk indoors or are stricken with exercise-induced agoraphobia, the treadmill can also be adapted to fit the Paleo regimen. To warm-up, start pressing the blinking treadmill buttons with childlike curiosity. When the treadmill unexpectedly begins to move, allow your primal fear of the unknown to take hold, and spend the remaining 29 minutes of your workout screaming and bludgeoning the scary machine with a comically oversized wooden club. Cool down curled up in the fetal position near the edge of the treadmill, shaking and crying for another 30 minutes.  Urinate on legs to protect yourself from wandering predators.

Just like us, Paleolithic man loved yoga. Zen and false elitism were were the only ways these person-like creatures had to cope with the fact that they lived in boring caves and were too stupid to invent television. Unlike us however, Paleo man didn’t have calm, soothing rooms with incense and dripping water noises to practice yoga in, so to make your current routine Paleo-friendly, practice in a more dangerous location, like a dark alley or prison. Dodging a homemade shiv or dirty heroin needle while holding the downward dog pose almost perfectly mimics dodging the sharp beak of an attacking pterodactyl, and also strengthens all of the same major muscle and fear groups. (Note: Practicing Paleo yoga poses a moderate to high risk of contracting Hepatitis. Please consult your physician before beginning this or any other exercise regimen.)

Swimming (N/A):
Since Paleolithic man dissolved completely in water, swimming should not be included in the Paleo exercise regimen.

Unlike meatheads of today, Paleolithic man didn’t just lift heavy stones while watching their muscles in mirrors. They threw them at danger. To adapt this theory to your own weight-lifting routine, simply pick up the heaviest weight you can find and throw it at the largest, most mammoth-like person at the gym. You can also target that guy who’s been talking on his cell phone on the elliptical machine for like 45 minutes, even though there’s a sign that clearly states “Please only use cardio equipment for 30 minutes during peak hours.”  For an added cardio boost, attempt to evade this now angry person’s retaliation, or alternately, sprint away from the now dead body. (Note: Paleo weight-lifting poses a high to definite risk of aggravated assault, murder, significant jail time, and execution in death penalty states. Please consult your physician before beginning this or any other exercise program.)

After you’ve successfully completed your Paleo workout, feel free to treat yourself to one of the many succulent desserts included in the Paleo Diet, like a saber-toothed-tiger-milk ice cream cone (regular cat milk can be substituted), or if you prefer comfort food, the still-beating heart of a bird of prey or neighbor’s pet parrot. But don’t even think about feeling guilty about it. You’ve earned those calories! 

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