Hey everyone, As I mentioned in my previous post I haven't been able to run lately due to shin splints (upping my mileage too quickly - not an issue with my shoes, gait or footfall) and I've been without a good run in two weeks. I've been running my whole life soooo I'm going a little nuts from the boredom. I have a fairly active job (I'm on my feet cleaning, moving furniture 6+ hours for five days a week at a home decor/art gallery) but I'm concerned with my weight. I would like to stay where I am - maybe lose a few pounds if I'm being honest. Will Paleo without exercise still help me out here or do I really need to find some kind of exercise that will be gentle to my shins? What do all think? Am I doing enough through my job or do I need to add something else? If I do, does anyone have any recommendations...FYI, I really hate strength training...I get bored very easily and tend to go nutty if I do the same thing over and over again... Please help!
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I am also a runner so I feel your pain and boredom... I go crazy while tapering for races. I personally tend to gain weight very easily if I go from running regularly (40 mpw is pretty normal for me) to tapering or taking off. I think it is really easy for runners to gain because we are used to eating so many calories to sustain the running. When we take a break, our stomachs take a while to adjust to the lower caloric requirements. If I were in your situation, I would probably focus on another activity for a while. I personally turn to biking or bikram yoga.
You can of course avoid gaining weight by watching what you eat. If you count your calories then you can avoid gaining weight... you will probably feel a bit hungry though since you're used to eating more.
Eat according to satiety. If you're healthy and move less, in principle you will not want as much food, making weiht gain unlikely If you aren't exercising a lot I think agood, general guiding principle is to not eat as many carbs as you would when you exercise intensely. That's not essential to do though and many seem to thrive on moderate/higher carb diets. Again, if you eat to satiety, I see no reason why you should gain weight.
'If you spend time looking over your shoulder at death, too...' (I can't remember how the axiom ends, if someone could chime in...) Stressing over stuff/worrying though/perhaps calroie counting etc, could though contirbue to one gaining weight..
PS - 'I get bored very easily and tend to go nutty if I do the same thing over and over again'' Like running then? :P
Do you have access to an elliptical or perhaps a rowing machine? I got shin splints after doing HIIT on a hard surface for a week. I was used to doing HIIT on grass, but doing hiit on a hard surface with bad shoes seemed to give me splints so I used a rowing machine or elliptical while I recovered. Now I can run fine again.
You'll see a few people tell you not exercising is fine, and that may or may not be the case, but if you do decide to continue, I recommend either a rowing machine or an elliptical.