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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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8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

If you’re ready to start living a minimalist lifestyle, these articles can help you to kickstart:

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