Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Fasting and mobility......something to do

This is a bit of a daft post....that probably just reveals my OCD side. I was thinking about both intermittent fasting and mobility work. I do practice intermittent fasting, often taking a 24 hour break from eating - as described in Brad Pilon's Eat Stop Eat. Other times I will simply miss breakfast. Kurt Harris describes the advantages of less frequent meals:

1) Enhanced metabolic training in the direction of fat metabolism

2) Lower insulin levels and fewer insulin related diseases (Metabolic syndrome, degenerative diseases, Alzheimer's, common cancers)

3) Greater tolerance for fasting makes it easier to tolerate not eating - this give you "metabolic headroom" -it makes you more functional and resilient - You are a Porsche with a 40 gallon gas tank instead of a truck running on lead acid batteries.

4) If you exercise while fasting, the lack of insulin in the fasting state improves the fat-mobilizing and insulin-sensitizing benefits of the exercise.

I eat around noon and again about 9 pm most days. So every 24 hours has a 15 hour fast and once in a while up to 18 hours.

Incidentally that is pretty similar to Martin's Leangains approach - 16 hour fasting / 8 hour eating

Plus, if I am in a rush to get to work, I am sometimes just too busy in the morning.

Then there is mobility - Z Health, Intuflow or whatever. Since the seminar with mc I'm doing more and more mobility stuff each day.

Now the thing that I was thinking about was how both of these have something in common - they give me the sense that I am doing "something" even on days that I am not training.

I train Krav Maga one day a week and do a gym session another day - as prescribed by Doug McGuff basically - and walk alot. I don't train much....but fasting makes me feel like I have a task for that day or part of a day. Something to concentrate on. Similarly mobility work is a task, some easy work that loosens me up. Not training, not proper exercise, but at least I am doing something....

OCD as I said!


L. Wu said...

Coach Boyle has suggested that athletes do mobility work (I like to think of it as practice :) at least 1x/wk for each decade you are alive, which seems like a decent heuristic to start. Of course always fun to do more!

John Sifferman said...

It's not OCD at all, Chris. It's just drawing on all of your resources with the time you have available.

Keep us updated on the mobility work you're doing. It's one of the few training practices I've adopted and continued with now for over 3 years.

Asclepius said...

The way I see it is that we are 'always doing something'. You can't 'opt out' of this situation unless you die. There is no way for your body to 'tread water'.

Your body is dynamic and it is in a state of 'damage, repairing and building' or in a state of 'net-decline'.

You don't have to be 'currently doing something physical' to be 'doing something physically beneficial'. As long as you have sent your body the appropriate metabolic and hormonal messages - you will be doing something (a 'good' something), under your skin.

If you don't send these 'appropriate metabolic and hormonal messages' - you will STILL be doing something under the skin - but it won't be pretty!.

Olddude said...

Not doing anything is actually the most challenging thing you might do. If you think about it non-movement is as essential to the mobility exercises as the actual movement. Knowing when your various parts are turned off is an advanced state of body awareness. We are always pushing and training but I have found that for me it was really important to be able to lie down and learn to turn everything off. It ties in with alot of what is discussed on this site. Learning to be at rest is not the same thing as vegging out. Just some random thoughts.

Anonymous said...

The 2x meals a day sounds convenient but how do you get in enough calories in only two sittings?

Chris said...

@Anon - easy!

@A - I agree totally. I recognize the need for rest, but it is hard to do psychologically as I also need to move and enjoy it.