There is no better medicine for what ails you than lifting heavy objects. Find out one essential lift you should be doing to keep away the Grim Reaper.
Lifting is built into our DNA – how else do you push an angry gorilla off your chest or lift and carry the deer you just killed, out of the woods?
These were part and parcel of the 99 problems of Paleolithic man – inactivity ain’t one. Man had to deal with ample physical demands, daily, and our bodies became well adapted to it. Let’s fast forward a few hundred-thousand years to our present epoch.
The Curse of Modernity
We’re more likely to sit than do anything else during a regular day. Most Canadians sit an average of 10 hours a day! Your Paleolithic genes are not well adapted to the stooped over, rounded back screen gazing we‘re all guilty of. This will lead to dysfunction and injury if left unchecked.
Luckily, this trend can be reversed.
Lifting provides us with a wealth of benefits: increased mood, lower blood pressure, increased bone and muscle mass, attractive biceps and a 20% decrease in all cause mortality!
That’s right, a recent study showed that of a cohort of elderly men and women, those who regularly lifted were 46% less likely to die over a 15 year period. That’s HUGE.
I get it though. Most of you reading this are not 65+ so how does this correlate?
Regularly lift and reduce your chance of dying by 46%
Lift Or Die
Imagine you’re 65 and the doc says,
“Lift or die!”
Even with the threat of death, there’s a good chance you won’t implement a lifting program simply because you’ve never done it before. So the moral of this story is START LIFTING NOW!
If the only thing that’s stopping you from lifting is paralysis through analysis…let me put that to rest. I want you to start with one simple exercise that you can watch and follow along in my video below.
This exercise – The Two Handed Kettlebell Deadlift is one of the best strength builders out there. Simple, functional and effective.
If you don’t have kettlebells, that’s ok. Start with anything lying around the house: bag of sand, a cinder block, a toddler – it doesn’t matter.
Do 3 sets of 10 and rest 1-2 minutes between sets. That’s a killer workout in under 10 minutes.
Looking for a bit more?
Go BEAST MODE
Come and check out my new 12 Week BE.A.S.T. (BE Active to Stimulate Testosterone) Program that I’ll be launching September 30th. This program is designed for men to optimize their lives through increasing testosterone levels and is designed around the 3 pillars of a man’s health:
- Primal Lifting
- Instinctive, nutrient dense nutrition
- Improved hormonal health
Shed some belly fat, increase energy levels and learn to live in your optimal state.
Sign up and start making changes. Remember, either you lift or you die!
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Train Hard, Fight Easy
Dave is a retired infantry officer and Afghanistan war veteran. He’s the creator of the HRD2KILL training program that was built on the principles that got him from not being able to get out of bed to competing in the Crossfit Open, Spartan Races and the Montreal Gaelic Athletics Association. You can find more mobility based exercises in his new book, “The Nimble Warrior”, now available on Apple Books and Amazon or tune into his new HRD2KILL Podcast