While many of us know that the food we eat can affect the microbial community in our gut, did you know that exercise also plays a role in gut health?
Multiple studies have provided evidence that exercising at least three times a week can enrich microbial diversity, improve gut barrier functions, modulate mucosal immunity and stimulate microbes to produce beneficial compounds such as short chain fatty acids. Although more research is needed to understand the mechanisms behind the association between exercise and gut health, exercise is beneficial!
Although incorporating exercise is not a must while you are eating according to your Metabolic Balance plan, many of our clients tell us that they have gained or regained their motivation to exercise.
“Exercise is part of my life again”, Kerstin says, who has lost 6 dress sizes with Metabolic Balance. “Three times a week I go running, and I play handball in my home club team again (without pain and with success). I’m doing really well! I sleep well, my blood pressure and my blood count are top again. I have become more self-confident and have a much more positive effect on those around me.”
Staying and working at home these past few months has brought a lot of change to our lives. Working long days can sometimes make it tough to take time to move your body. Although it can seem like a big task, taking even a few minutes every day can add up! Check out the infographic below to see how small steps every day can lead to big results!
Metabolic Balance is designed for everyone, regardless of how much or how little they exercise. The plan is designed so that you can lose weight and change your body even with minimal or almost no exercise. You can do sports after the strict conversion phase – but you don’t have to. Even though, we do recommend moving your body on a regular basis. Low impact activities such as walking, biking, and yoga are great for your body and increase mobility and flexibility.
At Metabolic Balance we meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to be!
One of the things we encourage our clients to practice during Metabolic Balance is physical activity. No matter your activity level, moving your body can have amazing physical and mental benefits!
A great way to get your body moving is simply by taking a walk. Whether it is early in the morning while watching the sunrise or while listening to a relaxing podcast in the evening after a long day, moving your body can be energizing or restorative. Not only will you be able to explore nature but you will get amazing benefits while doing so.
Studies have associated walking with helping maintain long-term weight loss, lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cancer, and increase work performance. No matter how long or short your walk, take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy the outdoors and do something for yourself!
As flowers are starting to bloom and nature is coming back to life, it is a great reminder for us to go outside! Take a deep breath and appreciate the ability to go outside and move your body. No matter how short or long, use today as an excuse to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.
Metabolic Balance – is ideal for the exercise averse, “athletically challenged” or “couch potatoes” among you! The Metabolic Balance plan is designed to achieve metabolic health primarily through nutrition – the food you eat. In fact during the first two weeks, of the program we recommend to keep your exercise to a minimum. After the initial 16 days, you can do some easy exercise – but you don’t have to. Of course it’s important to be active and move regularly – but we encourage easy movement, like walking or swimming, when the time is right.
Having said that, it is not the high level exercise or top performance that helps to achieves your metabolic health goals. With Metabolic Balance health comes from food first and then exercise, which can supply further health benefits.
Every age has it’s height and it’s beauty – this is definitely true! But we want to stay young, healthy and active for as long as possible. So what to do when we want to keep our Quality of Life?
Certainly eating healthy and living an active Life-Style helps! Medical Press reports that dancing can reverse the signs of aging. Also Business Insider collects the best exercise to slow aging. Moving is definitely the way to go. Even, or especially when we get older we need to work our muscles. Just by walking or swimming we can strengthen or even improve our cardiovascular health. Physical activity will also improve your mood. When you walk with a friend – or a dog – it will even be more fun!
It is often the most difficult thing to find a start – take the first step. It’s easy when the desire suddenly arises in you: Off the couch! The optimum nutrition will give you more energy in everyday life, so that your natural urge to move increases. There is no obligation for physical activity, you just want to move. This makes the difference: Find pleasure in exercising rather than feeling tortured. And once you have regained the happiness in exercise, you want to stay with it! The positive effects on body, mind and spirit are addictive. It is so simple!