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Exercising then not eating. Harmful or okay?

Postby James the Giant » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:22 pm

I'm staying at a monastery (Thai forest tradition, here in New Zealand) for 5 months, and I'm following the 8 precepts, so I can't eat after midday. Yet the only time available for me to exercise (yoga or on the drowing machine) is after noon, around 4pm.
This means I exercise and then can't refuel afterwards. Actually, we are allowed fruit juice and chocolate, and a little cheese if we are feeling poorly.
I'm wondering if this is bad for my health, or perhaps good?
I remember from my college days that the coaches said we should always eat after a training session?

I'm just trying to maintain a basic level of fitness so that I'm not a complete pudding when I finish here after vassa finishes.

Thanks in advance for any advice, folks!
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Re: Exercising then not eating. Harmful or okay?

Postby James the Giant » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:37 pm

I'm not on retreat, the monks are. I'm here serving them. The monks also use the rowing machine and do yoga, so I'm not doing anything that is abnormal at this monastery.
A nice walk is good, but my job at home in normal lay life is a physical one, and just walking doesn't cut it.
Thanks though
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Re: Exercising then not eating. Harmful or okay?

Postby James the Giant » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:47 pm

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Re: Exercising then not eating. Harmful or okay?

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:56 pm

Hi James,

Your body will get used to the different schedule.

I actually prefer to eat and exercise later. I know most people do the opposite, but I like the feel of having a full tank and then using that energy later in exercise. I exercise in the late afternoon or evening, after the one big meal at lunch.
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Re: Exercising then not eating. Harmful or okay?

Postby alan » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:16 am

Muscles need to be fed. If you work them hard and do not feed them, well, what do you think will happen?

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Postby alan » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:58 am

And you base that on what?

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Re: Exercising then not eating. Harmful or okay?

Postby Goofaholix » Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:27 am

I'd have thought yoga was better on an empty stomach.

Unless you're bodybuilding I don't see what the issue is.

In Theravadin monasteries everywhere people are doing physical activity on an empty stomach without problems, walking meditation is exersize.

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Postby alan » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:06 am

My view of exercise is intense activity. After that, you need to feed your muscles.
But if you view exercise as "moving around doing stuff", then it is Ok to do that without eating afterwards--but not ideal.

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Postby alan » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:28 am

Happy to hear you are in great shape!
For the purpose of the argument, I'm wondering what you consider exercise.

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Postby alan » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:53 am

This is what I did today.
Deadlift.
Leg extension.
Pullups.
Incline press.
Curl with a long bar.
Abs, neck.
Here is what I do a few days later after eating proper nutrition and resting:
Squat.
Leg Curl.
Barbell row.
Lat raises, followed by
Barbell raise.
Lat shrug.
Tricep pulls
Abs.
In between there is yoga and sprinting. And of course I bike every day. This is what I consider exercise.

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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:53 pm

Beautiful place to work-out!

That is quite a work-out. I prefer something fast and simple, that is why I do stairclimbing. I don't want to be spending too much time exercising; but that looks like a great program you do.
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