Many gluten-free food products are high in calories and fats which makes staying fit hard for most, especially those with celiac disease. Exercising can help you lose weight and keep fit if you’ve taken on a gluten-free diet. Read on for Gluten-Free Lifestyle: 3 Simple Exercise Methods to Help You Keep Fit!
1. Walking or Cycling
Most people nowadays simply don’t have the time nor the inclination to have regular intense workouts, the same certainly applies to busy people who have taken on a gluten-free lifestyle whether for health or other reasons.
This lack of time and energy doesn’t mean that there isn’t a way for people to fit in a more moderate workout like walking.
Going for a walk is an easy workout alternative and it doesn’t necessarily have to take much time. For adults, a 30-minute walk, 5 times-a-week or a total of 10,000 steps a day makes for a great start.
You can easily exchange your commute method to close by places of work from driving or taking the bus to walking, which is a fantastic way to insert walking into your daily routine. If you’re looking for a faster way, you can always cycle to wherever you want. Cycling, is as good walking, in terms of being an exercise with the advantage of getting further faster. You can also make short hops to the shops or complete other errands by bike. It makes so much sense.
No fuss, no fumes, no waiting around, plus you get to have a little fun and get fit in the process! Cycling halves your walking time by 50%. So wherever it takes you 20 minutes to walk, will only take you 10 minutes (or less by cycling). Make sure you use a good chain/lock and don’t buy a super-expensive bike for use in crowded cities, as there will be eyes on it! Anything sub $200 or a good second hand bike like a Trek, Giant, Specialized, Raleigh etc will do.
2. Using Exercise Equipment
If you are too busy to walk, put a home-fitness routine or plan together. You can consider buying a couple of pieces of fitness equipment if you know that you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors.
This equipment can provide you with a safer way to work out when you’re on a gluten-free diet as most machines can easily be adjusted to a range of resistances, making them safe to use when handled correctly.
Buy yourself a beginner’s 50kg barbell set and learn how to do squats, shoulder presses and deadlifts. These are the backbone, or the bread and butter of your overall bodily strength conditioning.
In addition, these days, all modern machines like treadmills, rowers, exercise bikes and elliptical trainers all have superb onboard computers that can keep track of time, distance, heart rate/pulse as well as the number of calories you burn, making it easier for you to know exactly how much you should exercise per day and how much exercise perfectly suits you.
3. Household/Domestic Chores
By far the simplest way to add exercise into your day is to do your household chores with 5% more attention. Any activity that helps burn fat and release energy from your body can be considered physical activity and exercise can come from performing your usual, daily household chores to achieve just that.
For example, vacuuming your home can be an exercise if you focus on performing the chore as if it’s a real workout and pay a little attention to how your body moves and the muscles you’re using. Vacuuming uses your hand grip, the triceps of your arms, shoulders, core, back and leg muscles.
Cleaning the house, sweeping, moving around furniture, lifting things off shelves and putting them back, and organizing the things in your house can all be turned into workouts that again target the arms, upper body muscles, back muscles, legs and glutes. Want a bit of cardio whilst doing household chores? Then use a countdown timer and speed things up. Example, say to yourself, “I have to vacuum this room in 10 minutes or less!” Set the countdown timer and off you go!
Regardless of the healthy nutrients you’re getting from your gluten-free diet, you should also do exercises to help you stay fit, inside and out. You should try to find gluten-free products or recipes that include the right amount of nutrients you have to intake in order to maintain a healthy body. And then try the ‘chores as exercise’ idea and have some fun with it!
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