While intense exercise is not recommended while on the Ideal Protein protocol, there are things you can do to stay active and strengthen your body. Incorporate walking or biking into your daily activity. Yoga and Pilates are also great ways to stay fit or increase your fitness level while dieting. Just remember to keep the intensity at a low level. You should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising. If you are too breathless to talk, ease up. And if you feel lightheaded at all, stop exercising immediately. Talk with your Ideal Protein Coach if you have concerns about starting or continuing your exercise routine. And check with your physician if you have any conditions that may require medical clearance prior to exercise.
Resistance bands are fantastic tools to have at home. They’re inexpensive, lightweight, don’t take up much room in the closet, and are easy to learn to use. You can get a great total-body workout with just a band or two. When you use resistance bands, you improve your balance and strengthen isolated muscle groups. You can also vary the tension to gradually challenge yourself.
Some muscles in your body are stronger than others, so you’ll want bands in 2-3 different tension levels to start. I recommend visiting your local sporting goods store and asking for assistance in finding the right levels for you. If you have access to a gym, seek out a personal trainer or knowledgeable staff member for help.
Resistance band exercises don’t need to be complicated to be effective. Here are some great beginner exercises from POPSUGAR Fitness to get you started:
Once you feel like you’ve mastered the bands, you can move on to more advanced moves. Greatist.com has a comprehensive list of 33 band exercises you can try:
Start slowly. You may feel some muscle fatigue and soreness following a workout. Give your muscles a day of rest if you do. And as always, drink lots of water! You’ll want to drink an additional 16-20 ounces of water during exercise.