Those that have Celiac Disease know that exercising is sometimes uncomfortable especially in times of Gluten ingestion. But, did you know that you must exercise if you have Celiac Disease and there is a right and wrong way to do it. You also need to be aware of certain modifications you should make.
I’m not gonna lie, as a Fitness professional with Celiac Disease there are times when I accidentally eat gluten and the last thing I want to do is get out of my bed much less exercise! That is why I keep my muscles and bones strong through exercise and proper nutrition all the time especially when I’m not under attack by gluten.
- You might get Fat when you go gluten free!! Let’s assume that you are also eliminating gluten in your every day food and drink intake and you are feeling much better. A big reason why you are feeling better is because your body is now absorbing nutrients and calories that it did not when you were eating Gluten. So now CAUTION, your body will also start to put on weight because of this reason! Calories are being utilized, hurray…..but the weight loss stops because now, your calories are being absorbed!
- A lot of the processed Gluten free foods have other additives to take the place of gluten such as sugars and salts which adds calories on top of the better absorption of the calories that you are now consuming. Sugars are stored as fat when not utilized by your body and salt creates water retention. Oh snap!!
- Exercise will help get you into that healthy mindset. Exercise will put you in a better mood which will help you make better decisions in life and in food choices! Maybe you will reach for the apple for snack instead of the GF pretzels.
- Let’s not forget about the possible years of undiagnosed Celiac Disease and the years of malnutrition! Since your body was not absorbing food properly, your new diet allows your body to repair and rebuild. Exercise will help your skeletal and muscular system repair more quickly making you stronger and less likely to get other illnesses that come along with malnutrition.
Exercise Info and Tips For Celiacs
- Let’s define exercise: Any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness. Let’s say you are sedentary and you do not do a lick of exercise. You may find that even working in the garden or walking down the street enhances your physical fitness. Everybody’s exercise medium and intensity is different so I’m not saying you need to get up and go for a 30 minute run! This leads into my next point…
- Do what you like! If you don’t like the activity you are doing, you will be less likely to do it well and do it the next day and the next etc….
- A major problem!!! Be AWARE, if you have had years of undiagnosed Celiac (or miss diagnosed more likely the situation!) then osteoporosis is a major concern. This is a condition where your bones become brittle (less dense) and can easily break. If you have Osteoporosis, start with activity that is non impact such as biking and swimming. Slowly move into activities with more impact. These higher impact activities will greatly aid in repairing and/or preventing Osteoporosis!
Here is your prescription: Along with a clean diet of unprocessed foods, exercise 30 minutes a day 5-7 days a week. Take everything above into consideration when creating your plan for a more active life. As always, you are welcome to contact me via email or Facebook and I would love to help you!
We all have our ‘woe is me’ moments with Celiac Disease because it is so hard to avoid gluten these days but think of this disease as an opportunity. An opportunity for you to be healthy. Now, eating better is not something you should try, it’s something you HAVE to do or else you will get sick. Exercising is a MUST for repairing your body and living a healthy life with this disease.
With Celiac Disease proper foods and exercise is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. You have to do it so seize the opportunity to be in the best shape of your life!
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