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To exercise or not, that is the question...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I am a newbie, only been about 90% paleo for a month now. I took a break from crossfit about two weeks ago to start my Whole30 (which I started a week later). I had read on here that fatigue is almost expected and that when going vlc, it is best to just take it easy and let the body do its thing.

Well, my whole30 didn't start well. I most definitely was fatigued the first week. I started to feel much better towards the end of the week though and was thinking about working some exercise in. The next day however I had a fall out when we were invited to a friends house for a bbq and had a hotdog (bun and all) and 3 cookies. For the next two days I felt like CRAP! It was worse than the first few days of the whole30.

So I am back on the Whole30 starting to feel better and am wondering if I should exercise or not. If I have the energy, should I do something with it? I don't have a gym membership anymore since we are about to move. We did just get the P90X though. Should I go ahead and start that or just walk/nothing at all until my whole30 is done?

Side note: I am a mother of 4, two of whom are 22mo old twins. I'm not sedentary, haha!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 22, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Wait! Zuzana was in porn???? I have to evaluate how I feel about that. I'll still do her workouts though - her pull ups kick a%$.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 22, 2011
at 10:45 PM

I love that woman! She used to be a porn actress :) I love the 500 workout she has.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:16 PM

I know. I didn't take her seriously for a long time, but I finally did a workout and wow - pretty good. All the (ahem) grunting doesn't help either.

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on June 22, 2011
at 04:12 PM

After crossfit'ing for 9 months I am definitely missing my workouts. I agree that they kept me sane as well. Thanks for the link :o)

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on June 22, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Thanks for all the answers folks. I appreciate your thoughts and time! :o)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 22, 2011
at 03:51 PM

ummm, what the hell? how do her boobs stay inside those clothes? or, is the hope that they wont the reason why dudes watch it? great workouts....my goodness....

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 22, 2011
at 03:38 PM

being able to dump my kids in childcare while i exercise is the best motivation i have! its the only time they arent pecking at me!

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on June 22, 2011
at 02:27 PM

P90X and Crossfit are both pretty taxing, fun maybe, but definately not a "mild mannered" workout.

While the "tough guy" in me has the "no pain, no gain" mentality - I've been perfectly happy with walks, the odd sprint thrown in, riding my bike for around 5-7 miles 4-5 days a week, and that's about it. And I feel great because of it.

There's an old saying in the weightlifting/strongman/bodybuilding community... that can put the emphasis on exercise with body composition:

"Strength is made in the gym. Abs are made in the kitchen."

In short, if your diet is completely dialed in, exercise is not a priority to having a healthy body. Helpful, yes. Integral, no.

Walking and moving I consider simply "being active" and not necessarily exercise.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 22, 2011
at 10:49 PM

I always love the jungle gym and the kids and I would chase each other around. I turned it into a game while using it as an obstacle course for climbing, pullups, monkey bars. If you do it right you can be sore in the morning. But with four kids and low fatigue from working into vlc you shouldn't stress yourself to exhaustion. The babies need you:)

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 22, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Does the Whole 30 recommend no exercise? I really don't see why you wouldn't be able to if you wanted so long as you matched your workouts to your energy levels.

As a mother of two - my workout time helps me keep my sanity. It's expected that morning time is my time for one hour. That "me" time is probably the most valuable part of my workout.

As for the actual exercise, I do think it's beneficial, mainly for making you feel good. I mostly do strength work because feeling strong feels so good to me.

Sounds like you get a lot of movement in naturally throughout the day. Maybe try some bodyweight routines or weights just to feel good. Take those kiddos for long walks to tire them out too! Go for the P90X if you feel up to it.

This site has some great workouts that are 20 minutes or less. My husband likes to watch them too, I'll let you figure out why :).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 22, 2011
at 10:45 PM

I love that woman! She used to be a porn actress :) I love the 500 workout she has.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 22, 2011
at 04:16 PM

I know. I didn't take her seriously for a long time, but I finally did a workout and wow - pretty good. All the (ahem) grunting doesn't help either.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 22, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Wait! Zuzana was in porn???? I have to evaluate how I feel about that. I'll still do her workouts though - her pull ups kick a%$.

C9b0f49cc58a60afffe5ca15f823efb0

on June 22, 2011
at 04:12 PM

After crossfit'ing for 9 months I am definitely missing my workouts. I agree that they kept me sane as well. Thanks for the link :o)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 22, 2011
at 03:38 PM

being able to dump my kids in childcare while i exercise is the best motivation i have! its the only time they arent pecking at me!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 22, 2011
at 03:51 PM

ummm, what the hell? how do her boobs stay inside those clothes? or, is the hope that they wont the reason why dudes watch it? great workouts....my goodness....

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Fbc742a58321a94a5ff1a9d723375855

on June 22, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Hey great question

I think if you have the energy you should do something, from walking 15 to 20 minutes. Changing your whole body complexity from living your whole life on grains and processed foods, it takes time for your body to re-adjust to this new but healthy way of living. The energy will come as the body irons the wrinkles out. Just think how bad you felt after just eating a hotdog and cookies. It will take time but start with the inside as you are,then the framework will be built, then work on the muscular and skeletal side.

Best Wishes

Tony

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on June 22, 2011
at 02:03 PM

Walking is a great choice. I would walk 5 times / week for 30 min/day. Later when you feel better you can step it up with weights of interval aerobics.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on August 02, 2011
at 05:32 PM

I was reading my way through the latest Whole30 guide PDF, and they don't write much about exercise directly.

They do mention that if you are an athlete, then you should just eat a bit more. If sedentary, eat less.

I would point out that http://whole9life.com/the-603-ptp/ contains their recommended exercise program. Not just recommended for people on Whole30, apparently recommended for ANYONE who wants to be stronger.

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