Gym vs. Outside (Nature’s Gym)

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new schedule at the gym lately. I have allocated days, body parts, exercises and weights, and have been going quite consistently for strength training.
I decided that to truly attempt to condition my body and make it more useful for running, I needed to incorporate a more holistic method of training.

Welcome back into the rotation strength training 😉

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So yeah, that part has been a blast, but how the hell do you get a good amount of running in while at the gym??!

Why is running on a treadmill so much more tedious than running outside??

It is easier to run on a treadmill, it’s smoother, there are less things to dodge on the ground, and yet running on a treadmill is just so boring!

I get that outside has stimulation, there is an ever changing scenery that keeps your brain occupied etc etc. But seriously, when it’s muggy and raining outside(Damn tropical summers), don’t tell me to suck it up, I’m going to run on a treadmill.

There was a girl at the gym yesterday who ran consistently for 45 minutes on the treadmill, and she is my new hero.

To sum up, both the gym and working out outside are amazing in their own ways! I still prefer being outside (nature, sunshine, vitamin d, trees, you get it), but in a pinch (and for strength training) gyms have a lot to offer! Climate control being my favourite.

How do you get past the tedium of treadmills when trying to up the mileage for the week?! Meditation? TV? Sheer willpower and dedication????

I am actually so curious. Please teach me your ways.

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Fasted Cardio / Not Eating Before Working Out

Today I went to the gym in a fasted state.
I did 45 minutes on the treadmill alternating between jogging and sprinting.
I then did increasing squats from 8kg – 15kg, between regular squats and sumo squats.
I did a total 1 hour in the gym.

And it felt good!

…But would it have felt better if I’d eaten?

This is the eternal struggle. Is it better to eat before training?

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I know that there are some pros to doing fasted workouts, and I sometimes practice intermittent fasting (16:8), but would I reap more benefits from working harder after having sustenance?

It makes me wonder if I should begin doing multiple workouts per day: one morning cardio run in a fasted state, and one in the evening after eating for more explosive workouts like lifting weights or sprinting.

Considering one of my goals is to lose body fat, potentially this kind of commitment may be necessary to reap the maximum reward.

Here is an interested study indicating the differences between fasted and fed for weight loss. It shows that the women in the study that fasted before workouts (in conjunction with healthy diet) lost more weight than those in the study that did not fast before workouts (also with a healthy diet).

INTERESTING!!!!

So maybe I will test this out for myself and see what happens! I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s a gif of my new tights that I bought and love.

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Do you practice fasted cardio for fat loss?
Do you also include weight lifting?
Let me know in a comment if you’ve seen any positive results from fasted cardio!