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24 June 2009 @ 09:24 am
important things  

Important things I have learned this morning:

1. It is all well and good to get up and bike to the gym. However, it is necessary to bring some kind of sustenance (ie, an apple) and eat it after swimming but before biking home again. Otherwise by the time I arrive home, I will be light-headed and nauseous from the dramatic inverse of energy expended to energy ingested. Being nauseous makes me disinclined to eat, which makes the situation worse, until eventually I am white-staticky and shaking and cannot function. Fortunately, today at least I recognized the latter half of that cycle, and ate as soon as I got home.

2. the Pilates class at the gym which is “starting soon” is in fact not starting until the fall, because everybody who’s expressed interest has also said, “Ah, but I won’t be able to make it until September so,” except me. So I’m going to have to re-apply myself to Pilates at Home, which I’ve kind of been eh about lately. Exercise is hard.


ytd km swum: 44.7
ytd wordcount: 188,200

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: soresore
sammywolsammywol on June 24th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
with you on the rapid blood sugar drop after swimming and my swimming is mere dandling in the pool compared to what you get up to.

As for bike butt - perhaps you could get someone cheflike to rub it better? ;)
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kitmizkit on June 24th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Eating something inappropriately high in calories would kind of defeat the point of all that exercise... :)
irishkateirishkate on June 24th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
teach me pilates ^-^
anthony_lionanthony_lion on June 24th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
I always bring a bag with a mix of unsalted nuts and dried fruit when I'm out exercising.

Tastes good, too...
nojaynojay on June 24th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
If you're exercising to build muscle, a good after-snack is a banana. They have lots of potassium to replace the losses from sweating.
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I loathe bananas. Possibly I should eat a baked potato in the morning... :)
Pamela: I can fix that!jeditigger on June 24th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
You're in Ireland. Isn't that all you guys eat anyways? :-D

The dried fruit and nuts is a great idea, though if you're perspiring having salted nuts isn't that bad.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on June 25th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Salted nuts is a big NO when exercising.

The salt binds the liquid in your body, but not always whee you want it. It also dries out your mouth, making you feel thirstier than you realy are, so you don't drink the right amount when you need it.

Instead, use an isotonic sports drink when replenishing liquids.
(They contains different salts that helps your body absorb water more efficiently. )

Edit: just forgot to mention that sports drinks could also be labelled 'tooth rot in a bottle' so it's nothing you'd want to sip all day long.

Edited at 2009-06-25 09:32 am (UTC)
Alix (Tersa): Swimming4 (leici)tersa on June 24th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, baked potato. :)

Although my trick to get the extra potassium is simply to take a potassium tablet about half an hour before swimming and then a multivitamin (which contaisn more potassium) about an hour later, with breakfast.
Geek of Weird Shitgows on June 24th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)

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kitmizkit on June 24th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
1. affected with nausea; nauseated: to feel nauseous.
2. causing nausea; sickening; nauseating.
3. disgusting; loathsome: a nauseous display of greed.

Usage note:
The two literal senses of nauseous, “causing nausea” (a nauseous smell) and “affected with nausea” (to feel nauseous), appear in English at almost the same time in the early 17th century, and both senses are in standard use at the present time. Nauseous is more common than nauseated in the sense “affected with nausea,” despite recent objections by those who imagine the sense to be new. In the sense “causing nausea,” either literally or figuratively, nauseating has become more common than nauseous: a nauseating smell.
sandrawickham on June 24th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I am tempted to jump in and give my words of wisdom, but since it's what I do/know/live/breathe, I don't want to come off as a "know it all" and spout a long list of suggestions..so just a couple simple points:

If you're looking to lose body fat, some experts say doing cardio on an empty stomach can help (that's what we do for pre-contest). If you want energy for your workout, post workout meals are important. Post workout meals are not an option, they're essential! (of course, you have to eat the right post workout meal)

There are some great at home yoga and pilates workouts, a good idea is to get the most recent you can, or find a CURRENT television workout, so you know you're getting the latest info etc.

Do you have bike shorts with a chamois in them? LOL. That will help big time!

No, no, exercise is NOT hard! It's easy, if you think of it as easy!

Well, I tried to restrain myself..
sandrawickham on June 24th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Whops-just caught my own typo and don't know how to edit a comment (?).

Should say If you want energy for your workout PRE-WORKOUT meals are important. My bad.
kit: exercise_swimmingmizkit on June 24th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
:) I don't eat before swimming because I utterly loathe having flavors in my mouth before I get chlorinated. Typically I have an apple when I'm walking home so I don't fall over, but this was the first time I'd biked to the gym and I thought "Hey! A bike is faster, I won't need the snack!" This was an incorrect assumption. :)

You, um, have rather mind-blowing abs there, assuming that's you in the icon. Holy beans. :)
sandrawickham on June 24th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I could understand the chlorinated taste issue! ;)

Well, live and learn, as they say.

Yes, that's me, I wouldn't post a fake icon, lol. That's me on stage for my fitness routine, this is another stage pic. :)
kitmizkit on June 24th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Ye gods. You're amazing. I have no desire to reach that degree of studliness--I sort of top out at, say, Linda Hamilton in T2 fitness, I'd *love* to get into that kind of shape once in my life...!--but, y'know, if you ever want to come to Ireland and tell me what to eat and how to exercise for six months I'll listen to you... :)