New to the thread and curious about some things

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  1. also I think I already know, but just to be sure...what does planking mean?

  2. plank full arm:

  3. there is a full arm plank? I am going to pretend I didn't see that.

  4. they're not really any harder imo. just diff.

  5. why? I think the full arm plank is MUCH easier. Almost too easy. Which is odd, because the other kind I can barely do for 15 seconds.

  6. easier, really? Maybe I should try it, just for kicks. I discovered I can do the forearm plank for at least 15 seconds, which made me happy.

  7. well congrats on your 15 secs. so does that mean if one can do it for more than 80 secs. they are....
    i don't know..?! hmm.

  8. a goddess.

  9. nah, 80s is a reasonable time i do sets at 90. imo, it's just a matter of willpower with planks. yeah, it hurts after like 20s, but that doesn't mean i can't hold it for way longer.
    my team used to do a routine (ive' seen many do this actually) where we started normal, then switched to one arm, then the other, then one foot up, then the other and then back to normal. By the end of the season, we were up to 45 sec in each position, which is 4:30 min of continuous "planking". you're switching positions, which makes it easier of course.
    something like that could be great for building up some core strength/stamina.

  10. showoff. ;)

  11. no, really, even in NROL i think they start you at 45sec...
    it really sucks at first (i was TERRIBLE when i started and collapsing all the time) but after you just stick it out a few times and really realize you CAN hold it, it gets way easier.
    those are important sets to have a good distracting song on for.

  12. I was kidding but now I am going to plank for as long as I can, and time myself. And if difo posts a bunch of recipes after that, and my core is shot, I will hold you personally responsible.

  13. hehehe. i bet you can get 100s.

  14. Geez now I feel like I HAVE to go plank... just to see how long I can. There isnt alot of planking area avialable in the bank though.

  15. your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find a planking spot in the bank, and go for it.

  16. :::theme music::::

  17. I accept. 85 seconds. It didnt feel good.

  18. felt kindof good :)

  19. niiiiiiiiice :)

  20. :)

  21. done I set the timer for 90 seconds because I didn't think I would even go that long. I was able to hold it for the entire time. Yay me! I AM a goddess! ty NGHN.

  22. lol. told you you could. especially if you only have to do it once :)
    great job bells!!!
    now add 10 secs next time :P

  23. that's so awesome That's what I thought planking was, I had just never heard it called that. Back in high school we had to do those for soccer, and I remembered them a couple months ago, so I've been doing about 80-90 seconds of the forearms a lot. They're easily my favorite part of a workout!

  24. howdy :) your body turns carbohydrates into glycogen, and that's your body's main source of fuel. glycogen in stored with water in your muscles. trying to do steady state aerobic activity like running with low glycogen stores can lead to general tiredness and depression, bc your body turns to muscle after it depletes your glycogen, not fat.
    here is a link about runners and carbohydrates:
    low calorie dieting can definitely result in mood swings and depression. it is a documented side effect. you can help manage your moods and your depression by eating regularly, eating several meals a day to help keep your blood sugar level, avoiding eating snacks or meals that are composed of refined carbohydrates (like candy bars, chips, sodas and the like) and eating a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. here is a link for you about food, low calories, and depression:
    welcome to difo :) i think a lot of people go through a spell in their twenties when they aren't as happy as they think they could be. part of it might be diet, but i think part of it is just getting older, experiencing more and moving through life.

  25. Eating food, especially simple sugars, increases the level of serotonin in the brain which improves mood. I read a book a while back called Potatoes Not Prozac which was sort of a guide to learning to control your body chemistry by eating complex carbs and avoiding simple sugar. (I didn't follow the guide.) Mostly I took from it that some people, especially those who have alcoholism in their families or have other family members who eat a lot of sugar, could be "sugar sensitive" which means that they are using sugar to increase mood. I think it is definitely true for me and my family members.

  26. Interesting read.. The only similar thing I have ever heard or read about was an article on children with ADHD. Parents were encouraged to avoid simple carbohydrates, caffeinated beverages and herbal products in favor of a more high protein diet, fiber rich, complex carb diet.

  27. carbs come in two categories, complex and simple.
    Complex are the ones that are good for you, such as brown rice, yams, grains, vegies(these contain a lot of fiber, and do not contain salts and fats).
    Simple carbs are the ones that are not good for you, basically man made such as cakes, non grain breads , non grain pastas, pizzas, etc.
    The american heart association recommends lots of complex carbs

  28. welcome I think we all focus on proteins in this forum because we know that lean proteins keep us full. For those more interested in weight lifting, be it for weight loss or for weight gain, protein is essential for building lean muscle mass.
    Carbs are an important part of everyone's diet, though. Your brain can only work by feeding off of glucose -- simple sugar. Runners and those who do more cardio need to focus more on carbs, also, as that is the easiest form of nutrients your body can use to break down into glucose, which also fuels your muscles. If, before a run, you ate a protein- or fat-laden meal, you'd probably run slower and feel sluggish, because your body would be worker much harder to break down those more complex nutrients, leaving less free energy for you to complete your run.
    And, finally, I agree with chidame that your early/mid-twenties are a difficult time emotionally. Once you finally get off on your own, you realize that the "real world" isn't the non-stop party you may have planned. It comes with managing your (often meager!) finances, having to find new friends as some of your old ones have moved away and lots of other "grown-up" pressures. I'm 29, and it's only been in the last few years that I've finally been feeling really happy and comfortable with who I am and how I live my life. Regular exercise is a huge mood-lifter. I think it's also important to have some go-to friends to call when you're feeling down. Try new things! Keep busy! It's a time in your life when you actually have some freedom to do that. Once you find a few hobbies you really enjoy, the happiness will come, and you won't be so food-focused.

  29. Thanks Thanks for all the info guys, you've been really helpful! The stuff on simple sugars having an effect on depression really made sense as to some of my problems. I've found that on the days that I basically only eat grilled chicken, I'm really just caught up on things that wouldn't normally be important to me. When I really think about it, cutting carbs to harshly (as I've done on occasion) really puts me in a bad state of mind.
    The fact that I'm in my early 20's (20 to be exact, ha) does have something to do with it I'm sure.

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