Dec 3, 2007

Fasting and Exercise

Some time ago I had someone contact me who was about 40 years of age and wanted to make some fairly dramatic lifestyle changes. This person was doing fairly intensive exercise program including cardio, weights, and pilates, at the gym about 5-6 days a week.

The question was whether or not it is safe to continue on this rigorous program while fasting.

Turning 40 is one of those "wake-up call" ages, I remember starting an exercise and weight loss program at that age myself...and at this update I am 64, and still working out at least 3-4 days a week.

I did suggest that it would be a good idea to cut back on any intense exercise during times of fasting so that your body can use all that energy the you would be using in exercise to cleanse and because you will not be receiving the food-energy that you need to exercise. I also suggested drinking plenty of pure water throughout the day to flush out toxins that will be released during fasting. I do have a more extensive article on fasting at my website.

Walking or other easy-going exercise shouldn't be a problem, but let your body tell you if it is too much.

Updated 1/22/16

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