By Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN
One of my absolute favorite things in the whole world is exercising. I love sharing challenging yet accessible workouts with you as you’ve seen in the 20-Minute Do Anywhere Workout and 14-Minute No Excuses Workout I’ve previously shared. While these are short, they are high intensity, so I frequently get the question about whether Rebooting with high intensity training is appropriate or even safe. So today I want to answer that question once and for all, but before we start talking about exercising while on a juice-only Reboot plan, I want to start by defining what I mean by intensive training and exercise.
Intensive exercise and training doesn’t mean going to the gym for 30-45 minutes and doing the elliptical or another moderately paced workout. Although this is great for you, it’s not what I’m referring to. Intensive training is something like running, swimming, or biking that requires 60+ minutes daily of strenuous training and therefore means that our bodies will have heightened requirements.
While it is likely okay to partake in an all-juice plan as long as someone has enough energy and stamina (that has been moderated for a particular athlete’s needs), for most, I would recommending seeking counsel with a Reboot Nutritionist in a Guided Reboot program or seek a local nutritionist who has experience with juicing for athletes. Someone training for an intense, long distance race in many cases may need to incorporate eating into their juicing plan or up their juice intake beyond what the plan recommends to provide adequate calories and nutrients during an intense period.
If you are planning to Reboot and do high intensity or intense exercise, I have highlighted 7 tips that you might find helpful as a starting point.
As an athlete, I use juicing to my advantage. It’s best for me to drink juice in addition to eating healthfully, because I find that my body works better that way. That is however not to say that it’s not possible to do mostly or even all juice through an intensive training program (after all one of my best runs ever was during an all-juice fast). It just may be more difficult. I challenge you to try out different routines – add juice pre-workout (8-16 oz) or even diluted juice during (I recommend some iteration of beet/carrot or similar juice) the workout; you can even try doing a few all-juice days and see how your training (and body) responds.
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