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Episode 340: The Balance Between Pro-Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Exercise w/ Debra Atkinson

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PRO-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EXERCISE, EXERCISE, MENOPAUSE, PERI-MENOPAUSE, WOMEN, WOMEN'S HEALTH, FLIPPING 50, MOVEMENT, HEALTHY MOVEMENT, DIET, PROTEIN, FDN, FDNTRAINING, HEALTH DETECTIVE PODCAST, DETECTIVE EV, EVAN TRANSUE, HEALTH TIPS

Pro-Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Exercise: Summary

In this episode, repeat guest Debra Atkinson discusses the balance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory exercise, particularly for midlife women experiencing menopause. Atkinson, a hormone balancing fitness expert and founder of Flipping 50, emphasizes that both too much and too little exercise can be detrimental, and the type and intensity of exercise should be tailored to individual needs based on factors like adrenal stress, cortisol levels, and current inflammation status. She also highlights that the type of exercise that is beneficial can change over time depending on life circumstances and overall health conditions, such as exposure to mold or hormonal shifts during menopause. 

Her approach focuses on the importance of finding the right balance to avoid overtraining and undertraining, ultimately promoting longevity and overall well-being through appropriately intense and regular exercise routines. Additionally, she stresses the significance of proper nutrition to support exercise, detailing how women often underconsume essential nutrients due to past conditioning to eat less and exercise more. 

She discusses intermittent fasting and how it can be balanced with the need to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm and adequate nutritional intake, especially protein, which is crucial for muscle maintenance and overall health. Atkinson advises being cautious with strict dieting strategies and reserving more intense forms of intermittent fasting for those who have established a solid foundation of healthy eating and exercise habits. The conversation also touches on the potential negative impacts of endurance training for women with extreme fatigue or eating disorders like anorexia, advocating instead for strength training as a more beneficial exercise form. Finally, practical guidelines are provided to measure exercise appropriateness, such as monitoring resting heart rate, body composition, and inflammation markers.

Pro-Inflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Exercise: Topics

00:00 Introduction to Debra Atkinson

00:48 Debra’s Background and Expertise

01:58 Understanding Pro and Anti-Inflammatory Exercise

05:26 Personal Experiences with Exercise Intolerance

08:50 Exercise Intensity and Overtraining

12:01 Strength Training for Midlife Women

16:28 Nutrition and Exercise: Finding the Balance

21:01 Intermittent Fasting and Exercise

23:50 Nutrient Intake and Fasting Flexibility

24:42 Tracking and Adjusting Fitness Goals

25:51 Balancing Intermittent Fasting and Workouts

27:01 Addressing Osteoporosis with Exercise

29:17 Maintaining Circadian Rhythms with Diet

37:09 Objective Measurements for Exercise

40:58 Endurance Training and Eating Disorders

42:24 Debra’s Fitness Offerings and Final Thoughts

Where to Find Debra Atkinson

PRO-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EXERCISE, EXERCISE, MENOPAUSE, PERI-MENOPAUSE, WOMEN, WOMEN'S HEALTH, FLIPPING 50, MOVEMENT, HEALTHY MOVEMENT, DIET, PROTEIN, FDN, FDNTRAINING, HEALTH DETECTIVE PODCAST, DETECTIVE EV, EVAN TRANSUE, HEALTH TIPS

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