Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Back on track

I know it's not exactly a long-term study, with a large number of participants, following sound scientific principles, but I'm convinced: After two days without ANY wheat at all, I realised when I woke up this morning that I had almost zero back ache. And no stiffness anywhere, to speak of. Even after spending most of the night on the couch, trying to avoid Bike Boy's loud snoring.

Just as well - I fully intended to train my arse off this morning. And I did. :o)

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I found a new gym too - it's closer to home, costs only 20c more than my usual haunt, and the skank factor is way, WAY lower. It has shiny new equipment, it's clean, the guy on reception actually speaks instead of grunting, and there seem to be a lot less meatheads hanging around.

On the minus side, it's not open 24 hours a day (6:00am opening is a little late for me...) and they close on some public holidays. And neither of them has such a thing as a stability ball or BOSU. I couldn't even find a medicine ball this morning to sub for BOSU tricep pushups. Sheesh.

Still, I think it'll suit me much better most of the time. I don't think I'll miss the cockroaches either.

8 comments:

Frankie said...

Hi there.

I think you may be right about the wheat. I noticed when I went "low carb' all my aches and pains and inflammation disappeared.

It may have not been "carbs" as such but wheat. I'm on the carbs again but might try just cutting out the wheat(bread at lunch) and see if it has the same effect. Also don't get any sinus type headaches either when I'm off carbs so that might just be the wheat as well.

Thanks for reminding me!

Frankie

Kek said...

Frankie, it's definitely not all starches with me - I've been hoeing into the oats, rice and buckwheat flour and those don't cause me any dramas at all.

Wheat seems to be the main culprit for most people, but some have trouble with other starches too.

There's a very interesting book I'll get around to blogging about, but you can find the details here: http://www.lowstarchdiet.net/

Frankie said...

Thanks!

Kelly Olexa said...

Wow. This is so interesting about the wheat/inflammation deal. I have to say my tummy feels WAY better after I eliminated oats for breakfast...how funny is that??

;-)
hmmm

kathrynoh said...

Maybe you could suggest they buy a few things - I mean a few stability balls are relatively cheap in the overall scheme of things.

A new gym is always fun though :D

Michelle said...

I take my own BOSU to my gym as it doesn't have one. You get some strange looks but, hey, I'm used to it :o)

Kek said...

Kelly, it's all about finding what works for you. I'd be devastated if I couldn't have my oats though. A day without porridge? Boo-hoo. Wheat though? Meh....I can live without it, mostly.

Kathryn, you're right of course - it's the kind of gym that doesn't have any group fitness classes. Or space for them. Strictly weights only...with a few cardio machines chucked in. They probably think that "cores" only come in apples. I will suggest it though.

Michelle, I'm used to taking my own resistance bands, barbell padding and other bits and pieces to the old gym, so maybe I will throw the BOSU in the car. Whatever it takes, eh? :o)

Raechelle said...

You're convincing me more and more about the wheat girl!

Your new gym sounds like my gym-except opens at 6 on M,W,F ONLY-opens at 9 t,th & sat-closed sunday and pretty much all public holidays-and closed for 3 hours after lunch! I'm grateful to have a gym close by though :)
have a great new year!

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