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3 Fitness Tips for Restrictive Diets

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When it comes to practicing exercise and eating healthy, it’s important to have a healthy diet. A well-balanced diet can help provide the protein, carbs, and calories to power someone through a work-out. However, sometimes a person has a restrictive diet. The diet could be medically necessarily or something a person is doing in the interest of their own health. This does not mean fitness is ruled-out, it just means certain aspects need to be considered relative to the diet so as to ensure that optimal fitness is achieved while also keeping the person in a safe state of health. With that in mind, here are 3 tips to remember when engaging in fitness while on a restrictive diet.

Take Time into Account

If on a time-restricted diet where you are only allowed to eat at certain times for self-assigned or medical reasons, it can be important to take that into account when choosing a time to work-out. You want to have nutrients in your system when you are doing physical activity (but of course don’t want to be too full) so trying to work-out a short period of time after when you are allowed to eat will generally be preferable to trying to engage in fitness activities on an empty stomach.

Engage in Realistic Levels of Fitness

If the kind of restrictive diet you’re on makes it so that you only have enough energy to walk on a treadmill for an hour at the gym, then do so. Don’t try to run a marathon if your diet doesn’t supply you with enough food to power you through such a thing. It’s important if you have a restricted diet to realize that also restricts just how strenuous your fitness can be. This is nothing to be upset about or ashamed of, you’re simply working your hardest within your limitations.

Give Yourself Credit for What You Do Accomplish

Should your fitness options be limited due to a restricted diet the worst thing you can do is be too hard on yourself for feeling like, “I’m not doing enough.” Instead, you should always give yourself credit for what you do accomplish. If you had planned to run a mile but end-up only being able to make it a half-mile, you should not be upset or scold yourself, you should, “Pat yourself on the back,” for the fact that you made it that whole half-mile even with the limitations of a restrictive diet, and know that next time you’ll work to see if you can get a bit farther–but if you can’t that’s perfectly okay too. Always give yourself credit and never beat yourself up.

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Having a restrictive diet can greatly impact your fitness options. As long as you take into account when you should engage in fitness, try to accomplish realistic goals for what your limitations are, and always give yourself credit for what you can do as opposed to being negative about what you’re unable to accomplish, then you are well on your way to having great fitness regardless of any dietary limitations.That is the key to proper exercise and eating healthy After all, by knowing your limits and what you cannot do then you always know just how much you can achieve.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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