10 Things Cavemen Did That We Should Still Do Today

Ah, things were so much simpler in caveman days. Seriously, let’s go back to the days of hunting and gathering. We could learn a thing or two about our ancestors, especially about how they kept themselves strong and healthy. Check out Free the Animal by Richard Nikoley to learn all about the Caveman Diet.

1. HUNT

Yes, we realize that humans still hunt in these modern times. But if we were to do as cavemen once did, we’d each be responsible for our own prey, and wouldn’t that be much more…exciting? Cavemen-style hunting seems like something worth bringing back.

2. ATE A CAVEMAN DIET

Pictures of folks from decades past show that they were all pretty lean. Do you imagine they may have been starving? I don’t think so. Instead, might it be possible that the advice we’ve been given over the last four decades—advice couched as “Dietary Guidelines for All Americans”—has been completely wrong? The Caveman Diet is a perfect way to connect with the healthy habits of our past, recommending fruits, non-starchy vegetables, lean meat, fish, nuts, berries. And no calorie counting, no measuring, they just ate as much as they wanted.

3. BE NOMADIC

Did you know cavemen were the original Snowbirds? Just as grandparents do in modern times, cavemen went south for the winter and north for the summer. No 9-to-5 jobs—and certainly no housing commitments—could stop them from staying comfortable.

4. HANG OUT IN COOL CAVES

Forget penthouse apartments, stalactites and stalagmites are true luxury. And that’s what cavemen came home to each day! Amazing caves served as their pied-a-terre and they didn’t even need expensive furniture to further beautify.

5. FREE TO BE NAKED ALL THE TIME

We all cower behind the comfort of a wardrobe, but back (back, back) in the day clothes were barely a requirement. Utilizing animal hide to warm up is just plain smart, but in the summer cavemen were free to…be free. And for that, we applaud them.

6. PRACTICE FIRE SAFETY

While this seems like something humans should have down by now, we’d argue that cavemen definitely had a better grasp on the magic of fire.

7. INVENT ART

Your Picassos and Monets have nothing on cavemen art. Even while tasked with feeding their families and warding off woolly mammoths, they still took time out to express themselves, creating beautiful markings and long-lasting artistic influence.

8. WALK AND/OR RUN EVERYWHERE

This one’s simple: no cars = some very fit cavemen. When all you’ve got is your own two feet, fitness is a lifestyle and no yoga is needed.

9. PRACTICE ENVIRONMENTAL EFFICIENCY

Due to necessity, cavemen had to utilize all their resources. That means using every part of the day’s kill—from fur to meat to bones for tools. We definitely have something to learn from cavemen about not being wasteful.

10. BE REALLY GOOD PARENTS

According to “The Daily Mail,” we have a thing or two to learn from cavemen about child-rearing: “Their children were cuddled and carried about, never left to cry, spent lots of time outdoors and were breastfed for years rather than months.”

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