Now that the seasons are changing, the weather is slowly starting to level itself out, and days are damper than in times past. How this will affect your training sessions and how this will affect your daily routines can be noticeable, and noticeably apparent with some of us. I think the most important thing that we can start paying attention to is our daily patterns and routines.
Without getting super scientific and turning this into a research paper with several sources, internal citations, and a works cited page; I need to confess something. I have been extremely worried that I am going to gain weight, but in a weird way. I know that I am losing weight right now, the number on the scale is going down. The weight gain that I have been worried about has been fat, meaning I am losing muscle and getting a bit plumper in certain areas.
I am a male, who is extremely self-conscious of how he looks and is constantly criticizing himself. After hurting my knee, and subsequently needing surgery, I began to think of all of things that were going to change. Having to reteach motor patterns, squatting to a parallel position for months to come, learning how to run with proper form all over again. Above all, having to worry about getting skinny fat, a term that cannot be taken lightly.
Being the nerd that I am, I’ve researched and researched things to expect. What these medications are going to do to my gut bacteria, how the internal trauma created by a surgical procedure and low levels of anesthesia are going to affect my nervous systems ability to cope with future pain under positive stress measures, and above all what can I control now that I am in this rebuilding phase.
Because the seasons are changing, because it is now brighter longer throughout the day, now is the time to create a simple and realistic routine to follow every day. “Even a single night of total sleep deprivation can influence energy expenditure and metabolism; in subjects with 24 h wakefulness, resting and postprandial energy expenditure were decreased; morning plasma ghrelin, nocturnal and daytime circulating thyrotropin, cortisol, and norepinephrine concentrations were increased” (Kim, Jeong, and Hong). In simpler terms, one night of bad sleep can significantly affect how your body performs the following day, and couple of days after that.
I encourage all of you to start taking a better tally of your daily routines, and this is not just from a nutritional stand point. Some of us probably could do a better job of getting into a rhythm with our schedule, and understanding that getting into bed every night at the same time plays such a vital role in our ability to function the next day.
Kim, Tae Won, Jong-Hyun Jeong, and Seung-Chul Hong. “The Impact of Sleep and Circadian Disturbance on Hormones and Metabolism.” International Journal of Endocrinology 2015 (2015): 591729. PMC. Web. 11 Apr. 2017.
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