Excercise & sports supplements?

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   Posted 9/22/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   

I had some questions about exercise, and sports supplements.

Humira is working for me, I have alot more energy, and I have no nausea. I have not used phenergen in weeks now. My mornings are still rough, but I now eat breakfast, which is wonderful, I don't starve myself worrying what will happen, I eat, and I eat more throughout the day. I have energy now.

I am pushing myself hard in the gym, and it just rocks, I am loving it. I had been going, even before Humira, but it was just not the same, not at all. I sorta reached a place I could not get past, I did not have the energy, and I never got sore.

But that has all changed. I am going every day now, with a one day break when I am just super sore, and it hurts to walk or move around much. I enjoy that, it lets me know that I have accomplished something.

After I workout with weights, I hit the treadmill, but even the treadmill is not enough for me, I want more, I have motivation, I have heart again. I have one 25lb weight in each hand, as I walk on that thing, sweating buckets. I wonder where is too much though, I don't wanna have anything bad happen such as passing out, that would not be cool.

My heartrate hits upwards of 190 beats per minute, and that speed is not even on the little chart next to it, it only goes up to 180. I can just feel my body burning up so much energy while my heart is going that fast, it's kinda cool, the athlete in me is happy again. Am I getting close to trouble, or can I move on, and go for 200 beats per minute?

Onto sports drinks.

I read a post here about ensure being coffee creamer, and it hit home with me, it is just sugar. I now use sports drinks, with NO sugar. Eas makes alot of these, EAS is abbott labs, and I trust that name. My question is, these say high quailty protein on them, what does high quality protein mean?
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   Posted 9/22/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
The rule of thumb for a person's maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. You should never exceed that heart rate. From what I remember, optimal performance for hard workouts like what you're doing is in the 75%-85% of maximum heart rate range. For example, I'm 29, so my maximum heart rate is 191 and the "optimal" range would be 143 - 162. If I get into the mid 160s, I slow down a bit until my heart rate drops.
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   Posted 9/22/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
HomeBoy said...
My question is, these say high quailty protein on them, what does high quality protein mean?

Hopefully whey protein. It's considered a higher quality protein than soy. I've read some very bad things about processed soy protein lately! Does the label not tell you the source of the protein?

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   Posted 9/22/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Your body needs some recovery time after workouts to repair and build muscles. You should wait at least 48 hours (72 is better) before working the same muscle group again. Otherwise, you won't get the maximum benefit from your workouts.

Your heart rate sounds too high. Brief intervals at that rate may be ok, but keeping it at that rate for a while is probably not a good idea.

Be careful. You don't want to wear yourself out and get sick. Overdoing it can suppress your immune system, then you'll pick up every germ in the gym.

Whey isolate is supposed to be the best protein for muscle growth. Whey comes in different forms so get the one with the most isolate. Look for the words "whey isolate" not just "whey protein".
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