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Day 10 Shocking! Exercise Right After Eating Ain’t That Bad for Health

Day 10 Shocking! Exercise Right After Eating Ain’t That Bad for Health

Have you made eating in a relaxed mode your habit? I know, the beginning is always difficult….But DO IT TODAY if you still haven’t done it!

Let me get you some mind-blowing facts to enlighten you a bit today – Doing exercise after eating isn’t necessarily bad for your health!

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Things to consider for your pre-workout meal

Should you eat before working out[1] or should you workout on an empty stomach? The answer to this question is a firm and definitive—maybe.

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Answering this question depends heavily on the answers to a host of other important questions such as: how long before working out will you eat? What will you eat? What type of exercise or activity will you be doing (static cardio, weight training, yoga, high interval intensity training (HIIT)), but the most important question is—which do you prefer? The choice of whether or not to have a pre-workout meal, when to eat it and what it should consist of varies from person to person. Here are a few things to consider:

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  • Food is fuel. Normally, the body will use all available fuel sources—including carbohydrates, protein, and fat—during exercise. The primary type of fuel being used depends on the type, intensity and duration of exercise[2]. Your body needs fuel to perform. Food provides energy. If you skip eating, you deprive your body of the energy it may need to work at the level of intensity you desire.
  • When you eat is important. Experts disagree on when you should eat, some say to eat a small meal 45 minutes to an hour before exercising[3]. While others like Dr. Nancy Cohen, from the University of Massachusetts, say that in general, you want to eat a low fat, high carb and protein-rich meal three to four hours before you exercise. Carbohydrates supply your body with the glycogen it needs for exercise. If you skimp on carbs, your muscles will sputter when it’s time to perform[4].
  • What you eat is critical. Complex carbohydrates such as: beans, lentils, whole grains and starchy vegetables are the way to go, as they provide exercise fuel plus nutrients and fiber. Stay away from refined or simple carbohydrates such as: white bread, cookies, soft drinks, and processed pre-packaged foods.

How much food should you eat before doing exercise?

Want to enjoy a full meal and then exercise? The National Obesity Foundation advises you not to do so because it takes at least 3 hours for your stomach to digest a big meal. Exercising on a full stomach can probably cause stomachache and cramps, and even nausea and diarrhea. So if you’re planning to exercise within an hour, a small snack will do!

Final Word:

You’re completing the last day of the program – that’s a whole lot of hard work and it’s not something many people can say they’ve done. Time to bask in the glory of your awesomeness. You totally deserve it!

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Reference

[1] Today: Is it OK to exercise after eating?
[2] Bodybuilding.com: Fuel to Burn
[3] Jillian Michaels: Myth: Never Eat Before A Workout
[4] Time: Should I Eat Before or After a Workout

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How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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