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Eating is so important

Benjys profile image

You know I've read so many posts on here about not being able to achieve todays work-out or this weeks. Due to many reasons, feeling tired, out of breathe and so on.

I can't stress enough how important it is to fuel your body and your muscles. If you don't eat your body is not going to make eat and you'll end up stressing yourself out because you think you've failed. You haven't failed at all, stay positive it's all possible.

I find myself eating at least one hour prior to starting to give myself some energy, eat some fruit as well to give you some slow release carbs which will help. Also drink plenty of water.

Just remember your car needs fuel to drive it, your body is the same.

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we're all different I suppose. I agree about hydration, but I HATE to eat anything before I run, makes me feel all out of sorts; heavy and uncomfortable. I'll get refuelled when I come home :)

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E27M14Graduate in reply to helenwheels

Same. I much prefer to run in empty, then fuel up after. There was one of the Michael Moseley tv shows that focused on weight loss and they showed that generally women performed better in the gym and lost more weight when exercising before breakfast but men were the opposite. Of course we are all individuals and the general rules may not apply to each of us.

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helenwheels in reply to E27M14

Ah, that's interesting too.

Couchpotato2 profile image
Couchpotato2Ambassador in reply to E27M14

I remembered the opposite! Women should eat, men shouldn’t... argh 😏

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E27M14Graduate in reply to Couchpotato2

So sorry.... you are right. I just had a quick google and I’ve got it completely wrong! The program was on a few years ago and I am quite forgetful 😂 Turns out that us women shouldn’t eat immediately after exercise...... have lost the link now so can’t post it 😥

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E27M14Graduate in reply to E27M14

google.co.uk/amp/s/www.dail...

Jundal profile image
JundalGraduate in reply to E27M14

I'm finding if I don't eat before, the runs better soon tend to go out straight after the school run when possible.

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EthelbertGraduate in reply to E27M14

That's really interesting, thanks for the link. Running on the treadmill at the gym, usually followed by short swim, steam room or outdoor jacuzzi, shower, getting home again ... means I'm not eating straight away anyway, but I might just tweak things to make sure it's at least 90 minutes.

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OldflossAdministrator

Interesting...and we do make a special reference to this in our post for all Newbies 😊

As helenwheels mentions.. we are all different and have our own routines..thank goodness.

We regularly stress the importance of good fuel a healthy eating regime and indeed good hydration.. every day..not just on run days. 😊

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Couchpotato2Ambassador

Yeah some people I know dont drink on runs, I drink a little at each walking section. I’ve been told that it’s important to prevent joint injuries.

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