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8/10/12 8:08 P

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Thanks, everyone! It is really helpful! All of it!

I think I probably need a little snack before my morning walks since they are getting longer, but it's nice to understand a bit more about what is going on in my body when I'm hiking.

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Thanks for asking these questions. I'm getting a lot of useful information from the responses also. As for me, if a workout is going to be short, less than an hour, I can eat afterwards. If it's going to be longer than I need some kind of light snack with protein and carbs before starting but don't want to do a big one.

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There are too many factors in play to be precise here.

But certainly, just your basic metabolism would burn overnight, and then not replenishing in the morning can eat into that reserve.

Also, some of that reserve is held in the muscles, and some in the liver. And having some sugars in the bloodstream can help keep up the supply to your muscles while the body starts to transition to supplying it from the liver instead.

You don't need to eat a full breakfast beforehand - many morning exercises find something as simple as a glass of juice first helps with raising their exercise energy levels.

As for tight muscles, the latest research suggests you should never stretch cold muscles- keep stretching until after your workout. If you are feeling stiff, just take the first 5-10 minutes slowly - this is a much better warm up than stretching.

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When I used to work out in the morning I would wait until after to eat, but it wasn't a long workout, maybe 30 minutes or so, and I usually have breakfast at work around 9ish anyway, so there is a long gap for me between waking up (around 5:30-6:00) and breakfast.

I think you should go by how you feel. If you can get through a morning workout without eating and you don't have problems, then you should be OK. If you are struggling with it, and it sounds like that may be the case, then have a light breakfast, maybe a slice of toast and a piece of fruit, before you workout (or a smoothie maybe?) and then have some protein when you're done, a glass of milk or an egg, something like that. I have really tight calves all the time, but especially when I'm walking, and I've been walking to and from work daily, about 6 miles round trip. I've been stretching at night, and I'm trying to start foam rolling. I've done that the past 2 nights and it's helped. I also do yoga almost every morning, and that has helped a lot!

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8/9/12 6:18 P

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My next question was going to be about the morning. the having 2000 calories stored at all times had me curious. Does that also apply to first thing in the morning? I often exercise first thing, and I'm torn between breakfast first and breakfast after.

I have also had really tight legs in the morning. It took about 2.5 miles this morning before my legs started to loosen up, and the walk was only 4 miles. ARGH! I stretch some and have been trying to drink a lot of water before I start, but I have to get to work at some point.

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Most of my hikes start in the mkrning and go through lunch. I normally make a big breakfast of eggs, toast, and bacon and then pack watery fruits and veggies and a pb&j sandwich.

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8/8/12 7:34 P

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Thanks so much! Very helpful!

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I don't do evening hikes that often, but I always carry a Clif power bar at least in my pack for other times when I feel like I need something on the trail. I don't always use it, but I keep on ready all the time or some other type of protein bar, just in case.

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I regularly hike in the evenings, generally starting around 6pm, so I have an early 'light' dinner at 4-4:30pm and a snack after the hike if I feel hungry.

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I'll usually have a bar (granola type) in my pack just in case I feel the need. Usually drinking water helps my energy on a shorter hike (around an hour or less). For a longer hike the bar may be needed. I've also brought fresh fruit if we have some, when we were mountain biking recently I had cherries in my pack, and was that refreshing after getting to the midpoint!

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The body typically holds about 2000 calories in usable energy reserves, so hiking 5 miles should not be a big deal in itself.

But if it was several hours after just a light lunch, then energy levels might be more of an issue.

A powerbar after work and before hiking would probably be the minimum I would consider in the circumstances.

Avoiding fatigue is also a safety issue while hiking - you are more likely to trip on an uneven trail surface if fatigued.

I am more of an all-day hiker than an evening hiker, but for me, lunch typically starts an hour after starting in the morning, and ends an hour before finishing for the day.

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Yesterday I went for a hike after work. I was able to leave a little early, and I had a lot of water before leaving to help hydrate. But one thing I didn't consider was that lunch was not going to last me. I had a few snacks in my pack, and those were barely enough. But I made it 5 miles, and feel really proud of myself and enjoyed the cooling effects of the light rain.

What do you all do for evening hikes? Do you go ahead and eat an early dinner before? Do you grab a powerbar for the hike then dinner after? I'm looking for some ideas.

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