No sugar, no alcohol, no carbohydrates – your body does not need some things that you do not consume during Lent, but others do. So how does the intake stop affect your performance in the gym? We will look into that here.
Is sport healthy during Lent?
That depends entirely on how and how intensively you fast. For example, if you decide to do without sugar or alcohol during the official Christian Lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter, you can continue to train normally. This renunciation will even have a rather positive effect on your training.
However, if you do without habitual food components such as carbohydrates or meat, this can very well affect your energy level. If you even take a fasting cure, in which you only drink tea and water, or, as in the Muslim faith, do without solid food during the day, it is only logical that this has an effect on your athletic performance.
How to avoid sugar Pay particular attention to your body’s signals when doing sports during fasting. © Jacob Lund / shutterstock.com
Should I refrain from sports during Lent?
Not necessarily. Basically, sport is healthy (as long as you do not overdo it) even during fasting. Exercise keeps the circulation and metabolism going and also prevents protein breakdown in the muscles. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should pay attention to when doing sports during the fast.
What do I have to consider when doing sports on fasting days?
There are primarily 6 points that you have to keep in mind when doing sports during Lent:
1. be especially careful during the first days of Lent or take a break from sports until your body has adjusted and your blood sugar level and acid-base balance have been regulated.
2. Don’t overtax yourself. Your body is not ready for a marathon or high intensity training. Competitive and high-performance sports are taboo during fasting.
3. explosive movements, explosive strength training or rapid changes of position should be avoided on slack days.
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4. if you feel good, you can follow your training routine. But: Don’t expect your body to pack its regular sports workload. Without energy intake, lower performance is quite logical.
5. listen to your body: dizziness and cold sweat are warning signals that you should not ignore. No false ambition! Stop the training immediately.
6. for those who are more of a couch potato: Moderate exercise, cycling or a walk is better than no exercise at all and supports your fasting project.
Fasting and performance testing do not go well together. Take it down a gear. © Jacob Lund / shutterstock.com 7 fasting ideas that can change your life
If you follow these tips when exercising, Lent can also help you to train more attentively, listen to your body better and learn to accept your physical limits. In addition, after Lent, you will notice all the more clearly how much energy your body can draw from a healthy diet.