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    Warming up - don't need it any more

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    I used to find I needed to warm up for any real physical exertion. When I was out on my bike, I'd find I started off not wanting to go very fast at all, and not really getting up to my full speed until I had done two miles.

    Same hiking. It could take maybe even an hour or two of uphill walking to get to my full strength, and I felt distinctly sedate at the very start. Once I found my form I could hike the whole day, up and down steep hills, and not need anything to eat until evening.

    Since switching to high animal fat/low carb more palaeolithic diet last year I don't think I need to warm up any more. I think I just set off now and am up to speed immediately.

    I was struck by this the other day, when instead of eating lunch or nothing, I ate two and a half jam doughnuts at work. White flour, sugar, vegetable fats and fruit flavoured syrup inside. Probably full of HFCS too. Afterwards I really needed to go do something energetic, and not sit about in the office. So I thought I would rbike the first leg of the journey back after work.

    So sluggish. I didn't warm up for nearly three miles. And I missed my connecting train, so I must have been going a lot slower than normal. It's only six and a half miles. That has to be my worst time ever on that route, worse than when it was dark, raining and my lights didn't work.

    I wonder if all along my warmed-up state wasn't fat burning, and the initial sluggish state was sugar burning. The only times I lost weight were on strenuous walking holidays. Whenever I stopped riding my bike my weight shot up, but while I was riding it most days my weight was basically stable, if high. So I think I was getting a bit of ketosis from the bike, and a good amount from the hill walking.

    Since changing my diet I am pretty sure I don't *need* as much exercise any more, where I just had to get out of the house and up the hill or on my bike, although I still do things like that for fun. All rather eye-opening, really.

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    Did you ever see a lion or a cheetah warm up prior to hunting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikola View Post
    Did you ever see a lion or a cheetah warm up prior to hunting?
    Yes. Every time. They stretch regularly too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepglades View Post
    Yes. Every time. They stretch regularly too.
    I don't think I was really warming up before. I think I still warm up a bit, but its much quicker and I start off much more energetic. I think I was mixing up warming up with something different, burning off excess sugar until fat burning started. Now I am always burning fat so there is no initial hump to get over. Probably.

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