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Day 11: Exercise During the Whole30

Posted Sep 20 2012 11:07am

We made it to Day 11! Almost halfway through and pretty painless, right?

I promised you all a post on working out during the Whole30, so here it is.

I believe that my workouts only benefit from a clean diet, but I also know that if you’re spending a lot of time and energy focused on overhauling your eating, spending energy on workouts isn’t feasible. That’s okay.

Just do one thing for me during these 30 days if nothing else: MOVE. Just move. I don’t care how you do it or where you do it. Just move. Walk to places you’d normally drive. Set the timer for 30 minutes and dance around your house. Do some power cleaning. Set a timer on your work computer that goes off every 30 minutes and take a 5 minute walk around the building, or up and down some stairs. It really doesn’t matter. You just have to move your own body weight around.

If you already work out regularly, go easy on yourself during the Whole30, especially if it’s a marked change in your diet. Don’t expect to beat any PRs, and go a little lighter in general if you feel low-energy. I make a point to eat more fruit or starchy veggies on workout days and I think it genuinely helps my performance. Definitely don’t eat too little. That will make your life harder in lots of ways.

As for me, I’ve been doing Crossfit throughout this Whole30 and the last. I know, I know, I’m totally drinking the Crossfit Kool-Aid like everyone else, but the reality is, I knew I’d love Crossfit before I tried it. It’s just my type of workout. You know I love shorter, intense boot camp -style workouts, and Crossfit is that x 10. So the fact that I dove head first into Crossfit doesn’t surprise me or anyone who knows me

Many people think Crossfit is just a dumb fad workout, and while that may be true, it’s also undeniably just a great form of exercise. Functional movement, intensity, community, etc., etc. All the cliches about Crossfit are true. My little Crossfit community is accepting, diverse, and not cult-like. And they’re uber-supportive of the Whole30 (a few even joined me!).

TL;DR: During the Whole30 (or just in general), practice moving your body in whatever ways you can manage. Try intense exercise if you want, and make sure to fuel yourself well.

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