Intermittent Fasting

Exercise Considerations During a Prolonged Fast & Safety

An appropriate level of physical activity is acceptable during a prolonged fast.  Below are guidelines for exercise while fasting. 

  1. Choose Light Activities: During a prolonged fast, engaging in light physical activities such as walking or yoga is advisable. These types of exercises help maintain muscle mass without excessively draining energy reserves. 

  1. Avoid High-Intensity Workouts: High-intensity exercise is too demanding during a prolonged fast. It significantly increases fatigue and demands on nutrient reserves, increasing muscle loss risk due to the lack of calorie intake. 

  1. Focus on Recovery: Since the body's recovery might be reduced during a fast, ensuring adequate rest and recovery time between physical activities is crucial. 

  1. Monitor Your Body's Response: Pay close attention to how your body responds to exercise during fasting. If you experience unusual fatigue, dizziness, or other concerning symptoms, reducing the intensity or duration of your workouts is advised. 

These recommendations aim to balance the benefits of exercise with the need to conserve energy and prevent adverse effects during a prolonged fast. 

This information is provided from Dr. Berg's Guidelines for Prolonged Fasting.docx.

Dr. Berg Nutritionals staff, including Dr. Berg Advisors, do not encourage prolonged fasting. We are not healthcare professionals equipped with the tests and facilities to perform the necessary monitoring during a prolonged fast, nor do we have an individual's medical health records. Dr. Berg Advisors provides this document based on Dr. Berg's education for informational purposes only to those already on a prolonged fast or independently choosing to do one.

Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting a prolonged fast.  If you're considering prolonged fasting, discussing the benefits and risks with your healthcare provider is essential.


Last updated: May 02, 2024 13:50 PM