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Should you eat before or after exercise?

Should you eat before or after exercise?

I'd say after.: For cardio, exercising in the AM before breakfast will burn fat stores for energy rather than just using calories from food you've eaten. For weights, eating a healthy mixed meal afterwards helps replenish the carbohydrate stores and deposit protein into the muscles for building. ...Read more

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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Is cardio better before or after eating to lose weight?

Is cardio better before or after eating to lose weight?

Hour or so after: More importantly, simply being dedicated and sticking to a regiment of exercise is the most important and assuring you eat less calories than you burn off. If you start to really watch the amount of carbs and count your calories daily, then exercise to burn off the calories, it is a mathematical constant that if you burn more calories (weight) than yo eat, you will lose weight. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it better to eat before or after exercise if i want to lose weight?

Is it better to eat before or after exercise if i want  to lose weight?

After: Daily exercise in the morning with only water prior after a 10 hour fast is the best time. Do 30 minutes of weight training followed by 30 minutes of aerobics to burn the most fat. ...Read more

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When to use protein before or after exercise?

When to use protein before or after exercise?

Whatever feels best: I'm sure others might be able to give you a scientific explanation about what's best, but i say try eating a bit before, after, or both, and see what foods feel the best for you! some people do better eating complex carbohydrates. You can set up your own chart and keep track of your progress. Remember to keep hydrated. ...Read more

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Is it better to eat breakfast before i workout or after?

Is it better to eat breakfast before i workout or after?

Before: Fuel for Ex.: The bigger issue is what you eat. Hflc best. Lfhc long promoted yet drives obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease ; high blood pressure; reason these issues have become so common over last ~4 decades. Study: the men who made us fat, gary taubes, peter attia, robert lustig, along with big fat lies, mcgovern's report, mary enig. Dietdoctor.Com, science for smart people, the men who made us thin. ...Read more

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Is it better to do cardio after or before your workout?

Is it better to do cardio after or before your workout?

Up to u: I think that's up to you. I personally prefer to do a weight work out first than aerobic( run). When i finish my run i feel great and ready to go home to my family and six kids! it's relaxing for me to run after my weight workout but it it's totally up to you... Gl! ...Read more

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Is it okay to exercise immediately after a meal or wait to avoid digestion.

Is it okay to exercise immediately after a meal or wait to avoid digestion.

Although many: People exercise right after eating - it optimum to give your food time to digest. That way energy is focused on digesting your food, rather than being side tracked to power major muscles during exercise. Take care. ...Read more

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Do you eat before or after you exercise?

Do you eat before or after you exercise?

Depends: on what your goals are. If your weight is fine and your looking for optimizing your performance for work-outs, it's possible you'll eat before(usually a light snack) and after. If your goal is exercising as part of a weight reduction plan, You're probably best off just focusing on eating after your work out. ...Read more

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How long should one wait after eating to exercise or lie down to nap?

How long should one wait after eating to exercise or lie down to nap?

No hard & fast rule: Generally its difficult to exercise right after a heavy meal. A light snack may enable you to work out in about 30mins. Listen to your body. It will let you know when its ready for exercise - whether its light or heavy exercise. Naps - in many european and asian countries its customary to have a siesta in the afternoon after lunch. There is no harm in hitting the sack for a 30min nap after lunch. ...Read more

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Should i eat before exercising or after?

Should i eat before exercising or after?

None: You should have at least 1 h before & after execises, although some recommends protein 30 min after exercising. It will depeng on your metabolism & digestion. ...Read more

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Is it better to eat before showering or showering before eating?

Is it better to eat before showering or showering before eating?

I am not sure that: It makes a difference from a metabolic standpoint. If you are sweaty - you may enjoy your meal more if shower before. If you are dirty- it might be more hygienic to wash before hand. ...Read more

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How soon can I exercise after i've eaten? How many minutes or hours after I eat would be considered safe to exercise?

How soon can I exercise after i've eaten? How many minutes or hours after I eat would be considered safe to exercise?

Depends: Exercise will slow the intestinal transit time, which can lead to symptoms of pain, bloating, reflux, gas, etc. How soon one can eat after exercise will depend on quantity of food, alcohol consumption, and quantity of food. A safe rule of thumb would be to wait 1 hour after a light meal, and 2 hours after a heavy meal. ...Read more

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Is it better to do aerobic/cardio exercises before or after weight training?

Is it better to do aerobic/cardio exercises before or after weight training?

Depends!: Long cardio workouts will interfere with your weight training. Modest workouts will warm up your muscles and make them less likely to be strained. It depends and is relative. However, weight training first will usually be a shorter workout and is less likely to interfere with your cardio workout! ...Read more

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Should you eat salad before or after meal to fill you up?

Should you eat salad before or after meal to fill you up?

Before: The volume and bulk of a salad will give you the sense that you are full, while not giving you the calories. Lettuce, celery, cucumber, etc are all very low in calories -- but: no salad dressing! ...Read more

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Should i exercise before or after a meal?

Should i exercise before or after a meal?

Wait: Don't exercise immediately after a meal as blood supply is directed toward the digestive tract and away from muscles. It's best to allow your stomach to fully empty before exercising. Remember when your mother told you not to go swimming after a meal as you can get severe muscle cramps ? ...Read more

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Is it healthier to walk before or after a meal?

Is it healthier to walk before or after a meal?

Exercise before.: Better before eating, to insure good food digestion. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after eating lunch to have a nap? What is best to eat before and after workout

How long should I wait after eating lunch to have a nap? What is best to eat before and after workout

Eating/ nap: There is no hard and fast rule about eating but I have always waited until i felt like i digested my food. Workout i eat an hour before, that's my personal habit. ...Read more

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Should you eat a full meal before or after working out?

Should you eat a full meal before or after working out?

Eat a small meal -: -with carbs & sugar. Fruit & cereal. U need this for energy then eat some yogert after workouts, the small containers have 12gms of protein. So U don't have 2 eat a large meal. Many meals, small amounts throughout the day. ...Read more

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Is it better to eat before or after exercise if i want to lose weight?

After: Daily exercise in the morning with only water prior after a 10 hour fast is the best time. Do 30 minutes of weight training followed by 30 minutes of aerobics to burn the most fat. ...Read more

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Should you eat before or after exercise?

I'd say after.: For cardio, exercising in the AM before breakfast will burn fat stores for energy rather than just using calories from food you've eaten. For weights, eating a healthy mixed meal afterwards helps replenish the carbohydrate stores and deposit protein into the muscles for building. ...Read more

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36 Male. I have a strong feeling that I need to do Cardio exercises & bit of weight training. But I am not sure what to eat before and after exercise?

36 Male. I have a strong feeling that I need to do Cardio exercises & bit of weight training. But I am not sure what to eat before and after exercise?

Make sure cardio: system is healthy enough for workouts by seeing your doctor first. Then you can eat protein or drink a protein shake 2 hours before and/or 1 hour after workouts. Lots of water. Peace and good health. Remember to cool down when finished workout. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Help please? What is a healthy meal to eat after exercise?

Help please? What is a healthy meal to eat after exercise?

Any: Usually after having intense exercise , the skeletal muscle is depleted of glycogen, therefore fruits and complex carbohydrates are recommended . ...Read more

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What can I eat or drink or take to reduce lactic acid after exercise?

What can I eat or drink or take to reduce lactic acid after exercise?

Warm down: I think the best way to decrease post exercise lactic acid is to warm down too many people just finish their exercise and sit down and the Lactic Acid accumulates so warm down gradually and make sure youre not dehydrated with either water or an electrolyte fluid. ...Read more

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I'm an athlete,18. After exercise, I always eat to replenish my body but about 2 hours after I exercise, I completely crash.sleepy,no energy?

I'm an athlete,18. After exercise, I always eat to replenish my body but about 2 hours after I exercise, I completely crash.sleepy,no energy?

Exercise & food: What do you eat after exercise? If it full of chemicals and sugar you will likely crash. Avoid sports drinks. Drink water and eat protein. Careful w/fruit. Berries are best because they will trigger less blood sugar. See your doc to make sure all is well medically. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My nearly 16 yr old son eat a protein bar after exercise it says protein 10 grams i read ingredients they were Isolated Soy&Wey protein is that bad?

My nearly 16 yr old son eat a protein bar after exercise it says protein 10 grams i read ingredients they were Isolated Soy&Wey protein is that bad?

Should be fine...: A single protein bar after exercise per day with the proteins you are mentioning should be fine. A lot of protein bars have chemicals and other ingredients that aren't great if you are trying to eat "clean"; however, the added protein after a workout is actually a good way to increase the benefits of the strength training. ...Read more

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Why am I sometimes extremely dizzy after exercise? I work out frequently, eat well, drink more than 8x8 glasses of water a day.

Why am I sometimes extremely dizzy after exercise? I work out frequently, eat well, drink more than 8x8 glasses of water a day.

Get checked : Dizziness post exercise requires an examination. You should schedule this asap. I would back off any vigorous exercise until then. You may have a cardiovascular issue. Good luck. ...Read more

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New workout program abt 2wks. W/in a few hours after, have tremors in hands, uncontrollable, very pronounced twitching/restlessness in whole body. Lasts until I take my Ativan and (although I eat right after exercise). What could cause this?

New workout program abt 2wks. W/in a few hours after, have tremors in hands, uncontrollable, very pronounced twitching/restlessness in whole body. Lasts until I take my Ativan and (although I eat right after exercise). What could cause this?

Can be normal: Quite a few folks have this especially when they're doing conditioning. It's a sign you're working hard and you should be proud. Since you're under a physician's care, if this does not resolve as you get more conditioned, discuss whether you might have familial tremor (treated with propranolol, perhaps), a channelopathy (get electrolytes checked) or get a neurology referral. Glad you're exercising ...Read more

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When to use protein before or after exercise?

Whatever feels best: I'm sure others might be able to give you a scientific explanation about what's best, but i say try eating a bit before, after, or both, and see what foods feel the best for you! some people do better eating complex carbohydrates. You can set up your own chart and keep track of your progress. Remember to keep hydrated. ...Read more

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Is it better to take the metoprolol ER before or after exercise if you are taking it primarily for rhythm control ?

Is it better to take the metoprolol ER before or after exercise if you are taking it primarily for rhythm control ?

As directed: Usually the vial has the directions for use printed on it. Since the medication says ER meaning extended release it is in your bloodstream at a certain level for 24 hours.
Sounds like you may need to have a cardiology consult and or exercise stress test if you are needing to use the medication for exercise. This is a condition where you shouldn't guess. Get an answer and protect your heart. ...Read more

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Coughing after exercise? Why

Coughing after exercise? Why

Asthma: Exercise induced asthma is possible. A trial of Albuterol 1-2 puffs prior to exercise may help. ...Read more

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Is it normal for BP to be elevated after exercise?

Is it normal for BP to be elevated after exercise?

BP & ecercise: Typically there is systolic blood pressure rising during exercise and then drop to baseline or close to it, minutes after completion. ...Read more

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What to do if in pain the next day after exercise.?

What to do if in pain the next day after exercise.?

It depends: If this is just mild pain at this site of one the muscle groups being exercised, then that isn't too concerning, and you feasible could work out the next day. If you have moderate to severe diffuse muscle pain, or severe muscle pain at a muscle group that you exercised you may need to seek an evaluation by your doc. It's possible to have developed concerning muscle damage(rhabdomyolysis). ...Read more

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I am spottin after exercise sections please what is the cause of this?

Need an evaluation: Please see gyn/family doc. It is the safest thing to do instead people guessing and saying it's no big deal. Worrying about it is also wastes time and energy. ...Read more