Keto and Exercise – A Symbiotic Relationship
Written By: Miriam Colomby - Women's Only Health & Fitness, North Bay ON
You may be thinking ‘if the keto lifestyle is so effective for weight loss why should I exercise?’
As both a certified Fitness professional and follower of the keto lifestyle, I have come to realize that there is an important symbiotic relationship between the two. Once you are a keto adapted fat-burner you will have a more stable energy supply and experience superior endurance.
It is important to know that any weight loss without the addition of exercise – strength training in particular – can result in fat and muscle loss.
This is where fitness comes in:
1) Strength training maintains your muscle mass, supporting healthy bones, strength and posture.
2) Cardio (and exercise in general) increases your metabolism so you are burning more calories both during activity and at rest.
3) Stretching and other movement-based practises reduce stress thus lowering cortisol levels that would otherwise hinder weight loss.
4) Exercise enhances your mood enabling you to make better lifestyle and food choices.
If you are sedentary or new to fitness a good start is to begin daily walking. Start with small achievable goals. Park further from your destination, take the stairs, or walk around the block. You’ll find that your increased activity will help improve the way you think, feel, and move.
When you are ready to add strength training you can start with some simple body weight exercises at home with little or no equipment. Choose multi-joint movements such as squats or exercises that mimic ‘real life’ movements (sitting/standing, bending down to pick up a laundry basket or a child, etc.) If you are unsure how to begin you may want to attend some fitness classes or hire a Personal Trainer for a few sessions to get you started.
Adding low impact workouts such as Pilates or Yoga is a great way to maintain flexibility and help your body adapt gracefully to the changes of this new lifestyle. As your body adapts and becomes stronger you will have to ramp up your workouts to keep your body challenged so you don’t plateau.
Remember, health is a journey, not a destination. Take your time, be kind to yourself and enjoy the process!
Owner Women’s Only Health & Fitness
North Bay, ON
160 Main West
For more information on how you can incorporate fitness into your lifestyle in a healthy, empowering and positive environment , visit Women's Only Health & Fitness website today, call 7058459288, or email Miriam at email@example.com
Tanya is a classically trained, Red Seal Chef, and former restauranteur and caterer, with additional studies in Holistic Nutrition and business. Having food as her foundation she continues to build on her interests and knowledge base in the study of the body, mind and brain connection. She now spends her time as a Mom of twins, researcher and writer, while continuing to participate digitally in the culinary world with her company, Artisan Food Co.