Eating After Exercise
Very often people embark upon a new dietary plan and start some kind of daily exercise to either lose weight or maybe just get into shape.
They follow the rules, stick to the plan and before they know it… nothing much has happened really!
On the other hand some people, full of hope and good intentions find that not only have they not lost weight, they have actually gained it.
One small but important point where they may be falling down is the key time after exercise when they are either eating the wrong things or eating nothing at all.
Remember that a human body is not designed to go to the gym!
It’s designed to be hunting and gathering all day until it gets dark, then it is supposed to sleep.
In some ways for us to benefit fully from exercise we have to trick the body a little to get it to do what we want and your after exercise eating is one of those tricks.
Inflammation and Depression
Some common sense prevails with regards to what seems to be some kind of epidemic of mental health issues currently.
Recently I watched an incredible documentary (the name of which I can’t remember) showing how PTSD patients were being taken off medication and put on to demanding exercise routines… with astounding success rates.
In the article below another medico has finally woken up to the fact that yes, people may have mental problems but, in many cases it is the result of very poorly maintained bodies and by addressing this issue first, recovery can be had.
Now this is not to say that all mental problems stem for bodily disorder but it does indicate quite clearly that by having a reasonable fit and healthy body, many of today’s so-called “disorders” might not really be a problem.
Long Term Nutrition Tips
To me the real key to living healthy is to not get all fanatical about it. I find that most people, spurred by all good intentions, tend to go so far overboard in the changes in lifestyle they try to attempt that ultimately they give up because it all seems too hard.
Everything seems to get all serious and the fun factor seems to drain out of life for them.
Maintaining the strict dietary regime and adhering to that tough exercise routine every day kind of turns life into a desperate search for survival on a daily basis.
What I prefer are sensible choices and all things in moderation cos’ if it ain’t fun, it ain’t livin’!
The Cold Hard Facts
One thing I try to really keep a handle on these days is to actively seek out facts as opposed to myth when it comes to our modern diet and sources of food.
A casual read through the newspaper these days tends to leave you with the idea that just about everything, including breathing, is somehow going to kill you one way or another.
I can remember when frozen foods were being introduced for the first time as a consumer product line at a time when home freezers and fridges with larger freezing space were becoming available.
Of course my mother and grandmother were horrified at the thought because to them anything preserved in such a modern way just couldn’t be good for you.
I too bought into this attitude because if it’s good enough for Nanna, it’s good enough for me!
Imagine my confusion when recently I came across two well trusted nutritional sources telling me that at least frozen vegetables were not so bad and in many cases may even be superior to so called “fresh. Quel horreur!
Anyway it turns out that perhaps Mum and Nanna kind of jumped the gun a little at least on frozen veges!
A Workout You Can (maybe) Get Done!
I have never really been one for extolling the virtues of one exercise regime over another.
To me the best routine is the one that not only can you manage, but one you can consistently keep up as part of your daily life.
In fact a recent study in Australia showed that although exercise was unquestionably good for you the key to it is movement.
They found that even if the most sedentary of people were engaged in some kind of movement like walking for around 20 mins per day their chances of falling victim to a host of modern ills was significantly reduced.