When folks workout for endurance, they need to refuel properly. Sometimes the fuel takes place during the endurance training, as in a marathon training session. When my clients slowly add a longer and longer jogging session once a week to build up those miles, I suggest adding small bites of dates, peanut butter, coconut shreds, and banana bites during the run if it is longer than 2 hours. Our body holds enough of the stored glycogen in the liver and muscles for about and hour or so of exercise. After that, the body pulls on its fat reserves. The glucose in the body is stored as glycogen for easy energy action. If it is gone, we may hit a wall. It may be an emotional or physical wall. The body needs some fuel so we may continue our endurance training. The fruits and fats from the above mentioned snacks will help with the added fuel needed to finish the endurance training and recover.
When we exercise to the point of exhaustion and we do not have a goal such as a tournament or race in mind, we may be trying to compensate for other behaviors and choices we made that do not serve us. If we ate or indulged in alcohol too much, we may work out extra hard to make up for it. This is a cycle that doesn’t work long term. The mental exhaustion and feelings of guilt do not serve anybody. The fatigue may eventually cause adrenal fatigue which keeps us from having our hormones released in a balanced and systematic flow.
The joints and muscles need recovery and rest too. Perhaps if there is a commitment to fitness, one may partake in a beginner Pilates or gentle yoga class as an alternative to pushing the pedal to the metal every day. Another option is a quiet walk in nature instead of an intense hike. We need to honor the body’s recovery and rest phases.
After all, the growth in muscles happen when resting after the bodybuilding days, not if we are weightlifting daily. Rotating the activities we do allow us to enjoy the fitness life we have chosen for ourselves. We may prevent injury from overuse as well.
I hope this helps you on your wellness journey.
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