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3/21/14 9:39 A

Once I'm home, I tend to stay there. So three days a week, I bring a gym bag with me to work, change in the bathroom at the end of my shift, and go to the gym at 4pm. I arrange for my husband to pick our daughter up from daycare, and he normally preps supper on those days so that all I have to do is finish up when I come home. At first I felt guilty...but I know it's best for all of us that I get the small hour of extending my "work" day is worth it.

Edited by: LOVEMYZOE at: 3/21/2014 (09:40)
CAROLINAGIRL69 SparkPoints: (116,503)
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3/21/14 9:34 A

I'd go with Option 1, mainly because the gyms around here are packed between 5pm-7pm.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
3/21/14 8:33 A

I'm chiming in with the others on trying both options for at least a week each to see which works best for you. Personally, I have to balance between my stomach being too empty (gives me the shakes about midway through a workout), and being too full (makes me nauseous and sluggish). I've found that a well-planned snack in the mid afternoon will get me through until dinner if I've got a longer workout planned for that day.

Eating dinner late won't affect your weight loss/fitness, but it might bother you digestion-wise. Try it and see.

Another factor might be the crowd at the gym.....mine gets busier from about 4:30 on, so I try to get there and get in at least some of my workout before then.

CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
3/20/14 11:51 A

Find what works for you. For some people, going home could cause them to stay home. Some people bring clothes and a snack to work to go straight to the gym.

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,632
3/20/14 11:47 A

All I can suggest is that you go at different times. This way you can get a feel of how your body feels about your workouts. For me I'm a early morning person. When I exercise in the evenings it's a struggle for me.

3/20/14 8:37 A

Most importantly, listen to your own body - try both and see what works best for you. The research doesn't support that eating before bed is bad by the way. For many people, exercising before bed is energizing and makes sleep more difficult. Also, the body digests carbs faster than fat or protein, but nonetheless generally takes a couple of hours to digest (varies on what foods you eat). So if you're eating before the gym, experiment with different foods and eat lightly. On the other hand, your body needs nutrients after a workout. Have fun experimenting!

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3/19/14 10:01 P

Exercising too close to bed can interrupt your sleep schedule. I would try both and see what works. I know that it's more important for me not to exercise too close to bed than eating closer to bed. I also can't go home and go back out to the gym. Good luck

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3/17/14 6:51 P

Exercising and what I can eat before a workout and what you can eat can be radically different. It's a trial and error process. I try and eat something that is going to give me an energy burst. Lets say a protein or energy bar, celery and peanut butter etc.

Good luck on your journey.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/17/14 2:28 P

Go directly to the gym with whatever you need in your gym bag.

Eat afterwards.

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3/14/14 12:13 P

Personally I am kind of a night owl so I go after I put my kid to bed at night. Sometimes I show up as late as 11pm and put in a full workout. I usually don't have to share the gym with too many people. Just do whichever one is most likely to get you there. Like Becky said, your body doesn't have a clock and doesn;t care what time you eat or work out at. Just get there and enjoy it.

CLOKWISE Posts: 116
3/13/14 5:29 P

I wish I could go anytime. That'd be so much easier!

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (104,324)
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3/13/14 3:07 P

If I get to my gym b/w 10:30a and 11a, I can pretty much get on whatever machine I want. Hubby is self-employed, so it makes it easier for me to go at random times.

CLOKWISE Posts: 116
3/13/14 2:29 P

Fortunately I'm single, no kids, so I make a habit of firing up the croc-pot on Monday and usually can eat on that mean most evenings. So meals are done...for the most part. Plan is to reserve those pre-cooked meals for gym days so its quick and easy when it comes meal time.

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3/13/14 1:18 P

My gym is 24 hours so I'm better going early in the morning. You have to make it a habit for you. If you can go home, let the puppy out and then be on the way to the gym, that would be great. My issue is I would let the dog out and then put a load of laundry in, start dinner and then I would never get there. If you eat first, are you going to want another meal after you come home from the gym - are you going to snack. Try both ways and see what works for you.

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3/13/14 12:44 P

For me, I wouldn't be able to work out so soon after eating dinner, so I would definitely go with option #2. And yes, it's true that your body doesn't know or care what time it is when you eat or go to bed, so that won't have any effect on your progress.

CLOKWISE Posts: 116
3/13/14 11:20 A

Ok thanks. Well thats helpful to know. I always assumed, like most I guess, that eating to late was bad since I don't actually burn off much of it and just go lay down for 8 hours. Good to know thats not the case. Thanks

3/13/14 10:36 A

I find that if I go home and eat I am less likely to go to the gym. The longer amount of time that I spend near my couch the less motivation I have. So, I have a small snack an hour to two before going tot he gym and head there right after work. Eating dinner late isn't going to change the way that your body metabolizes food at all. Why not give both a try and see which works for you?

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,552
3/13/14 10:15 A

I think it's going to depend on what works best for you. Some people feel sick if they eat before they go to workout, and would rather eat after. Others can't exercise too close to bedtime or they can't sleep. It's a myth that eating late at night would negate any progress you've made. Your body doesn't know what time it is, so what matters most is how many calories you're consuming over the whole day, not when you're eating them.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

CLOKWISE Posts: 116
3/13/14 9:46 A

Just signed up for my gym membership yesterday so I'm excited about getting started. But I have a question. Due to my schedule certain days and the gym's opening time, morning isn't an option for me. So which of these two scenarios is the better? (And I say go home first at the beginning because I have a puppy that has to be let out first, fortunately the gym is only 5 minutes away from home.)

1) Get home around 6-6:30, eat, wait a few to digest, make it to the gym around 7:30-8, come home, relax, go to bed.

2) Get home, change and head back to gym arriving about 6:30, workout, get home around 7:30-8, eat, relax, bed.

Now I know 2 sounds better initially, but I fear eating a meal within 2 hours of going to bed is just going to negate a good bit of the progress I make.

Any thoughts or suggestions is appreciated. Thanks!

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