Arvind Narayanan (arvindn) wrote,
Arvind Narayanan

Exercise and Diet Update

In the last year or so I've done very little weight training because of intermittent health problems, because of the amount of time that a gym routine eats up, and plain old excuse-making. As a result, I'm about 25% behind where I used to be on most exercises. I'm hoping that most of this is attributable to loss of neuromuscular adaptation than loss of muscle.

I'm back to a regular routine now, mostly because I bought a set of weights at home. It's only 110 pounds total, but surprisingly I'm able to train most muscle groups effectively by varying form or substituting different exercises that target the same muscle groups (lunges for squats, etc.). I'll probably find it inadequate once I regain strength, but some extra plates should fix that. The only exercise that this set is useless for is deadlifts — the bar just isn't strong enough to load adequately. So I'm going to try to hit the gym once every two weeks or so, just for deadlifts.

The reason that the new regimen is working well is that lifting at home seems to require far less time than at the gym, for various reasons. I wish I'd known this earlier. I also hadn't realized how cheap these weights are — $75 on Amazon with free shipping. I don't know why physical stores even exist any more.

Diet-wise, the main change is that I've switched to brown rice. It helps me avoid food comas and blood glucose swings. It's totally worth it. I'm also eating less meat when I'm not weight training.

My daily pills now include Vitamin C and Coenzyme Q10, in addition to multivitamin and Omega-3. I've dropped green tea.

Holler if you'd like anything explained further.

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Tags: food, gym, health
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