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Intermittent fasting (IF) isn’t classified as a diet. It is considered a pattern of eating. With IF, you schedule your meals so that you get the most out of them. Unlike a diet, it doesn’t restrict what you eat but instead when you are eating them. IF works by tapping into your fat stores while in a fasting state. Your body enters into a fasting state, on average, 8-12 hours after your last meal. While in this fasting state, bodies take the nutrients that are stored as fat and break them down into sugar.

Typically IF is done by eating in an 8-hour time span, then being in a fasted state for 16 hours. It doesn’t matter when you schedule this time span into your day. If you start eating at noon, you will end at 8 pm. If you eat at 8 am you finish at 4 pm. The start time isn’t important as long as you stay in the 8-hour time frame.

If you choose to workout while you are in your “fasting” state, you should listen to what your body is telling you. You can be susceptible to lightheadedness or dizziness. I have been doing IF for nine years and I have found it’s best to schedule my own workouts after I have my first meal. If that is not possible with your schedule you can eat something light 30 minutes before a workout so you have something in your system to combat side effects.

I have exercised while in the fasting state, and while normally I have no issues, there have been times I have felt dizzy or light-headed while doing very high-intensity workouts. If that happens, I make sure to stop the workout and eat something or drink something to help get my blood sugar back up.

There are three kinds of IF : Daily, Weekly, and Alternating Days.

Daily- You fast every day during the week, staying consistent.

Weekly- This is an excellent way to start off; you only fast one time during the week. It doesn’t matter what day, and on all the other days you maintain a regular eating pattern.

Alternating days- You fast every other day. On off days you eat on a regular schedule.

Written by
Adam Woods
Personal Trainer
adam@bodyoutfitters.com

Experiment with timing and find a schedule that works best for you. Your body will tell you what you need, so listen to it.  Then watch the results! IF can be a great way to lose weight or maintain weight.

As with any nutrition plan you should consult your doctor before beginning.

It’s no surprise that our society is finding it harder and harder to get a healthy amount of physical activity in our lives. Sometimes even exercising three times per week isn’t enough to counteract the other ten hours per day that we spend sitting down at work, in the car, on the couch, etc.  Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?

Every year I make a list with my family of the active-ities that we’d like to do that year.  When we do them, we cross them off the list until we’ve done them all. These lists are always perfect for when we “get bored” or “can’t think of anything to do.”  Here are just a few ideas for activities in and around Carmel, Zionsville, and Indianapolis that you can use for yourself, add to or take away from, then pin on the refrigerator to ensure that you and your family have an active summer:

Carmel:

Cool Creek in Carmel
  • Hike or bike on the Monon
  • Visit the Coxhall Gardens
  • Hangout at Flowing Well Park
  • Explore Cool Creek Park
  • Bike on the Carmel Access Bikeway paths
  • Throw a ball or frisbee in Central Park

Zionsville

Hill at Mulberry Fields in Zionsville
  • Walk or bike the Rail Trail
  • Hike through Starkey Park or Turkey Foot Nature Park
  • Run/Walk the hill at Mulberry Fields or Elm Street Green
  • Utilize the fitness trail at Creekside Nature Park
  • Take advantage of the space at Jennings field for throwing a frisbee or playing a game of flag football.
  • Pull together a game of kickball or Home Run Derby at Lion’s Park

Indianapolis:

Indianapolis Canal
  • Canoe/kayak/paddleboat on the canal downtown
  • Hike at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park
  • Walk around White River State Park
  • Throw a ball or frisbee in Military Park
  • Walk the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
  • Fishing/hiking/swimming at Eagle Creek Park
  • Go for a run on the Central Canal Towpath
Written by
Rollen Dice
Personal Trainer
rollen@bodyoutfitters.com

These lists are only a small number of things to do around the area, and it only took me ten minutes of brainstorming to come up with these ideas.  Take some, leave some, but make your list your own and have some fun in 2020! Send this to anyone you know that may need some summer activity in their life!