Intermittent fasting has picked up quite a bit of steam in the health world, as people who experiment with it have seen impressive results: improved energy levels, stable blood sugar, weight loss, and more. In a world where we reach for a snack every two hours, it makes sense that our bodies welcome the natural fasting patterns of our ancestors.
But what does exercise look like during a fast? That depends on a variety of factors, from the fast you choose—some people fast for 16 hours and eat for eight daily, “It’s important to listen to your body,” Vincent Pedre, M.D. of Pedre Integrative Health says. “If you feel too weak to work out from fasting, then you should take care of your nutrition and work out later.”
I personally fasted and worked out early mornings each day. I felt great as i’m use to working out on an empty stomach. If you find that you just don’t have that energy, might be best to do your workout after at least consuming 1 meal. You can Plan your Meals around your exercise… just like many of my clients plan their healthy carb intake around the exercise times.
You never want to do cardio on a full stomach, as the sudden demand for blood flow from the muscles will steal vital blood flow needed by the digestive system for digestion and assimilation of nutrients. The key is to plan ahead so your nutrition can meet the demands required by the intensity of your workout, even when it’s the next morning.
What type of exercise is best? Any type really. Do what you enjoy or what you would normally do. I combine my cardio and weight training workouts most of the time. I also teach a couple of classes per week which incorporates both high intensity, cardio and weights. Remember to listen to your body, see how you feel and go from there.
The most important thing to consider for people who do intermittent fasting, whether it is 14 hours or 16 hours from dinner until the first meal the next day, is what the first meal of the day is and how that fits into your exercise schedule. It is important to eat lean protein, complex carbs, (oats, brown rice, sweet potato, quinoa, fruit) healthy fats, and plant-rich fibers during the eating window to maintain a healthy fast. More complex carbs are needed for workout days to fuel your body. More protein, plant fibers, and fats are needed on rest days.
So the main takeaway – keep moving your body in healthy ways and enjoy the multitude of benefits!
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Lynn Thier – Your Mental Fitness Trainer & Fat Loss Expert!
About: Lynn Thier will get you there ~ with practical cutting edge methods for making positive shifts & change happen. Owner of Peak Performance Academy, Lynn teaches and consults on how to get mentally fit in sport, business and life. Lynn offers seminars, training’s and programs as well as Board Certifications in NLP Coaching, NLP Techniques, Hypnosis & Time Line Therapy(R).