It’s another of those much debated topics.
In one camp they say you should never exercise on an empty stomach because it can lead to muscle wasting and exercise burn out.
But, in the other camp there are those who swear by working out before eating anything.
In the past I’ve generally encouraged eating something small before exercising, however I’ve swayed back and forth on this in more recent days.
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Yes, I know. It seems like everything is a potential killer nowadays.
But, this one is particularly disconcerting for many of us.
You see, for years we’ve been led to believe that as long as we follow a regular exercise program, our health should be okay.
At least, it should be much better than those who don’t follow a regular exercise program.
Makes sense, but it’s not telling the whole story.
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Studies show that what we eat before, during and after a workout can have a significant effect on our energy levels, the quality of our workout, and the recovery process which follows.
Our muscles need to be properly fuelled to get the maximum benefit from the workout we’ve just completed. And, without the proper nutritional support, you won’t get the optimal “bang for your buck,” from the hard work you put in.
That said, however, if you are eating a healthy diet, and are getting enough calories to support your activity levels, you can probably rely on your own appetite, energy levels, and experience to tell you how much to eat before, during, and after a workout. Click to read more…
Some of you will remember I asked if you would share your best tip for maintaining an active lifestyle.
You came up with some really super answers, and I decided to put them together into an article, so that everyone can benefit from your wisdom.
How To Be More Active
1. Nell on making time for yourself
My best tip for staying active is making a date with yourself to do something you enjoy.
Running/walking on my treadmill in the mornings is my time. I get to listen to the music I want, and no-one bugs me for 30 whole minutes!
It helps me stay sane for my husband and kids. Click to read more…
Back in July 2010 I ran a competition to give away a fab Mi-Bra, thanks to Carolina from Girl Habits.
Carolina has kindly offered to partner with me once again, to give you the chance to win another Mi-Bra, absolutely free.
If you don’t know already, the Mi-Bra is a super comfortable, 90% organic cotton, eco-friendly sports bra, with a fab little pocket on the front.
You’ll find details at the end of this post on how to win your very own Mi-Bra. But first, here is Carolina’s article ~ Melanie
It’s about that time of year when your exercise resolutions start to fail. Click to read more…