Great advice.... 50 years ago, Are you always tired?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

I notice that a lot of people are tired all the time and Jack Lalanne seems to think that being tired all the time is a result of lack of exercise. What are your thoughts on this?




on May 14, 2013
at 03:24 PM

You're the exception that proves the rule. :)



on May 13, 2013
at 07:24 PM

+1, edited it to question format so it hopefully won't get closed. I love Jack Lalanne, he was such a great guy.

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on May 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

Well I think the dude was pretty right on many things although maybe he didn't get to know exactly why, but the three things that he points out are pretty important ones and maybe he was a visionary for this, still today most people isn't aware of all this...

1) Not enough exercises: sure, exercise balances the chaos we introduce into our life like junk food excess calories (clears excess toxic blood glucose prompted by this), relieves stress, enhances sex hormone production that promote leanness, more muscle mass and less fat and the list goes on.

2) Empty calories: sure, I'm not sure what the standards were for him regarding a 'clean' diet and empty calories but of course eating bad is first way to chaos.

3) Nervous tensions: sure, this (stress) raises cortisol a lot and chronic cortisol is the least you want because messes all your hormone profile and we are as much healthy as our hormones allow us...

Well, I think that people gets tired all the time because they carry a lot of chronic inflammation due to many things (and the three pointed by Lalanne would be some of the most important) ... having poor choices of food, lifestyle, changed sleep patterns, pollution and may be a lot of other things going.

First, poor dietary choices might mess the gut, if the gut is leaky then some particles may get outside and may trigger auto-immune response, that would settle some inflammation, we all know that when under gut problems we digest food poorly, we may have some disgusting sides like abdominal distension, cramps, bloating, etc. this all works well to make you 'feel tired' by itself.

Then this same dietary poor choices (assuming there's sweets and fructose) may raise loads of insulin and triglycerides on a regular basis so people would start slowly putting on weight, which would interfere with leptin receptors and would promote excess insulin surge that promotes more fat storage, more cravings so you need to eat more and then the vicious cycle starts.

As the time goes by if nothing is done to change you may so less insulin and leptin sensitive that start getting metabolic syndrome of some degree, some more and some less depending on the balance of what they eat and what they clean by exercising of having and active lifestyle... but some of the oxidation, free radicals due to bad fats and excess sugars cannot be just clean up like fat can be reduced by getting a deficit... so more harm into the game (more inflammation building, now directly into the hypothalamus).

Also the liver that gets overloaded with junk has more difficulties to clean up the mess and cannot do its work as a barrier to the gut-brain axis so probably some more inflammation could get finally leaked to the hypothalamus by this way also.

If you put sedentary life in the mix, so no exercise clearing up excess glucose... then do not get good sleep for autophagy, don't respect the circadian rhythms that tell us how to properly use the food choices for energy, and many other things, you get metabolic syndrome, a lot of excess toxin-carrying fat, then you start getting bad cholesterol profile, poor sex hormones profile, then if stress is added to the mix, the blocking cortisol that worsens things, then the thyroid is next...

... and you may end with a load of inflammation and an ill brain that can no more manage the energy system of the body so no wonder you feel bad, tired, with soreness, with every single joint aching for no reason and depending on how metabolically messed the person is it can even get further to diabetes and ultimately cancer and/or cardiovascular diseases by the ages of 50-60, maybe our generations will get it even earlier.

Well that's my vision from what I have been experimenting myself (been there, now trying to get outside The Matrix), reading and learning until now (very much The Quilt ideas), I think that there's really a great link between inflammation and feeling bad on a regular basis. Think of children, they run, fall, play endlessly and they never show any signs of feeling that bad. But then we start to grow and feel bad because a lot of bad choices are accumulating during the whole life; until 25 or so more or less most people can handle a chaotic lifestyle but most start having their issues at 30's and most people who does not take care of themselves are made dust by it's 40-60 nowadays.

I look at people I know, my relatives, the famous on the TV and I see this pattern a lot. So it makes sense IMO, that's accelerated ageing driven by poor lifestyle choices, most of them by having loads of year-round carbohydrates (and of the worst kind) and inflammatory oils that work like a remote video-recorder commander that plays your life at 4x speed, but also a lot of other environmental things going on as mentioned.



on May 13, 2013
at 07:41 PM

I love Jack Lalanne, but I disagree with him on this one. Yes, he could be right, most people are probably tired because they do not exercise enough. But not all. Not in my case.

About three years ago I was exercising 2 hours per day (boxing, interval training, lifting weights, skiing), yet I felt exhausted all the time. I knew something was wrong with me, but I thought - maybe I was not exercising enough? 10 hours per week, hard core, and yet I was still tired.

So if you are relatively healthy - yes, it could be lack of physical activity. But there could be other medical causes as well.

Don't forget about sugar. It can make you tired as well.



on May 14, 2013
at 03:24 PM

You're the exception that proves the rule. :)


on May 14, 2013
at 09:20 PM

That's an oversimplification, but yah I think it could be applicable to some people. Generally, if I am tired and then exercise I feel great afterward. But as VB pointed out above sometimes we exercise too much and that is what is making us tired.

I think exercise could do a lot of good for a lot of people.



on May 14, 2013
at 03:25 PM

I did notice many years ago (pre-Paleo) when I was between jobs that if I felt tired, and picked up a pair of dumbbells and did a set, not even enough to be winded, that I'd get a ton of energy for a few hours. However, if instead I sat on my ass and did something non-physical, like read, surf the net, or watch TV, that I'd get more tired. Happened every time, and was independent of caffeine.

Jack was years ahead of his time, and you could say almost Paleo. I wish I could get my hands on everything he said. Is there like a boxed set of his show somewhere on DVD?

I tend to think of him as Art De Vany's prototype, on the evolution to Paleo. :)


on May 15, 2013
at 01:44 AM

A sensible program of exercise makes me feel better, digest my food better, sleep better. It also gives me a nice buzz. I think most healthy people benefit from regular exercise for all the reasons I mentioned plus relief from stress.

The best paleo thinking holds that body composition comes down to 80% diet and 20% exercise. That's probably the case, but good health is not exclusively a question of body composition.


on May 15, 2013
at 01:30 AM

Fatigue is just a symptom of an underlying problem. For many people, it's possible to alleviate this symptom with regular exercise, but is that correcting the core problem?

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on May 14, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Mmm, I concur with VB and others. We have to find a personal balance, but the point is that most americans are exhausted because they're not doing enough. IMO wide-spread desk-jobbings and internet is a great way to fill a society with caffeine-hyped sugar drones. I never want to work a desk job, even if it pays more than what I do now.

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