I agree with everything apart from the bit about needing to eat carbs. I have been on many, MANY 6 mile runs and I eat low carb. I've never felt more energetic and full of life. You don't need to eat carbs before a workout to feel energised. But thanks for the article anyway, very informative.
I sometimes feel that and I just say push through it or get my mind off it.
9/20/2012 3:20:30 PM
I agree with most of this article, but I could not agree less with Coach Nicole, and Sparkpeople in general, about carbs. Nicole is correct that your body burns carbs for energy and that carbs are the body's preferred source of energy. However, if you eat carbs before your workout, you will ONLY be burning off the carbs, not body fat. Not great if you're trying to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, drop the carbs and your body will use excess body fat for energy.
i exercise after work and it really takes my mind off the office crud. i liked the suggestion to vary your routine to avoid boredom -- i've found that to be really helpful too! nice article nicole - it's good to be reminded what to stay focused on to get a better workout!
I completely disagree that it's silly to think that stress doesn't interfere with exercising - I think this article is spot on. On days that I'm very stressed out, thinking that I want to exercise just seems like one more task on the neverending list of things I want and need to do. I think she makes a great point.
Someof this info is in total opposition to newest info that we lose more weight and gain more muscle if we exrecise on an empty stomach. I agree that rest is essential. But, since we exercise to reduce stress, what's this nonsense about reducing stress so we can exercise better is plain silly
The section dealing with the effects of stress could have been written particularly for me cos life at my place is chaotic at the moment with renovations, repairs, breakdowns, you name it and its gone wrong. This past few weeks (co-incidentally since all this started to happen round me) I've been battling with an acute lack of motivation to exercise. All that beating myself up mentally about it and now I find out it wasn't just because I was lazy! Thank you for promoting this article, I feel so much better already.
I'm so easily get bored, I tend to changed my cardio program once a week. With no access to gym, I have to use limited sources but it's fun to make up a program. Must be my personality of like to change things too often, haha
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