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?
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).
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.
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!
So I am currently not at my goal for the November running challenge, but I am OK with it. It will all be ok, and there is no point getting down or feeling upset about it. I will get back on the horse, and run because it feels good, not because I have to.
BUT!!!!!!!!! I am buying new runners. Super exciting because my old ones are finally giving up. I have actually worn a hole through the back of my left heel.. Which is probably trying to tell me something about the way I run.
Theme of today is to love ourselves, not punish ourselves for being human, and NEW RUNNERS makes everything better.
Do you self-flagilate for not being perfect? How do you overcome that
While we were away over the weekend at the beach I went for a run with a friend of mine. She is one of those people that you hate. She does triathlons. TRIATHLONS! It’s crazy. She’s just so fit, and seems to have so much energy!
So we went for a run.
It was difficult. I felt so slow, and so awkward next to her, and I felt like I was slowing her down, and felt bad when we had to walk up steep hills.
But it wasn’t as bad as my mind told me it was. We were running at a beautiful beach, we kept seeing adorable baby kangaroos hanging out with their mummas, and other people with adorable pets walking around. We visited our respective partners while they played bike polo (the reason why we were there), and had enough energy left at the end to bounce on an inflatable pillow thingy!
All in all, it was not as bad as I thought it was, and it NEVER IS as bad as we think it is. I always disparage myself when I run with others, but when push comes to shove, it is nice to run with others because it makes the time go faster, the kilometers fly by, and it’s a healthier way to socialise than drinking at the pub. 😛
Do you like running with others?
Do you also struggle with comparing your fitness to others?