Some folks have asked me where Hunter Living comes from. Why is Hunter Living a thing? Is it about hunting?
The short answer is no, it is not. But one pillar of Hunter Living does come directly from the hunters and gatherers of our past. And, to that end, many of the healthiest populations in the world also share this trait.
That is, an active life.
For the hunters and gatherers in our past, being active was a necessity to survive. Working fields to grow crops, fishing in part to fertilize the fields, hunting to bring home meat and knowing you would go hungry if you failed. Life was constant work to take care of your family’s needs. REAL needs.
Although it is more indirectly, the same can be said for us today. One of the issues is that instead of journeys by foot, most of us sit in a vehicle to get to a desk where we sit. Many people wake up at the last minute, eat whatever is handy, if at all, show up and stare at a screen. We sit our entire lives. We are largely sedentary. And it is killing us. Not in some dramatic way, but slowly.
One of the most important lessons in Hunter Living is to be active. So no, it doesn’t mean gathering berries and seeds and hunting for your dinner…but it could. You could plant a garden, forage, hunt. Those are wonderful ways to feel at one with your environment and great practices in mindfulness. However, you could also walk to the store when possible, get up from your desk 5 minutes every hour and walk or do some other form of exercise, or do some form of exercise in your life.
This pillar is not about me designing a workout plan for you, although it could be. No, it is about finding a way to be a little more active daily. Move and use your body a little bit more. Be a more active participant in your world. And this does not need to be an all-in, overnight change. It could be as simple as taking a walk every day.
Believe me, I understand being busy. But if you don’t make time for yourself, your health, and your own piece of mind, who will?
If you want to look at your diet or exercise and find a way to small improvements, that’s fantastic. I would even be more than happy to help. But the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. So try and mix in a 5 minute walk today and see how it goes. Do it 3 days in a row and you suddenly have a habit.
Life is not meant to be passively enjoyed. We were not designed to sit for 12+ hours a day and then lie down for 8. We were not meant to be tied to a desk for hours at a time with no freedom of movement or control over our environment. We are, all of us, meant for greatness. Get up, move around, discover your environment and find a way to actively enjoy it. Be involved in your community and life. Make them better. And leave the world a better place.
Love yourself so you can love each other!
You don’t have to be a hunter or farmer to live better. But you do need to be active in your life. How you choose to do that is up to you.
Make the most of what you have.
That is Hunter Living.