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Author Topic: Tired after a workout  (Read 1296 times)

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Offline leximancer

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Tired after a workout
« on: August 19, 2008, 04:35:57 AM »
For the past three weeks, it's been taking me longer to recover from even a light workout.  Is this normal?

Timeline:
Augustish 2005: Infected
1.6.2006: Diagnosed
1.18.06: cd4 552 (23%) / VL 50,200
3.2.06: cd4 617 (22%) / VL 100,000+
5.1.06: cd4 849 (24%) / VL 79,900
7.28.06: cd4 546 (22%) / VL 85,500
10.30.06: cd4 562 (20%) / VL 68,700
2.2.07: cd4 402 (19%) / VL 18,700
4.17.07: cd4 367 (19%) / VL 31,000
10.8.07: cd4 279 (16.4%) / VL 14,100
10.30.07: cd4 250 (22.7%) / VL 5,360
12.5.07: Began Epzicom, Reyetaz, and Norvir
12.21.07: cd4 381 (22.4%) / VL 95
1.11.08: cd4 365 (20.3%) / VL undetectable
4.7.08: cd4 394 (24.6%) / VL undetectable
6.2.08: cd4 356 (23.7%) / VL undetectable

Before last summer, I hadn't really exercised much at all.  Around July of last year, I took up swimming three to five times a week until it became too cold to swim around November.  At the end of November, I started training in parkour.  In May of this year, I started a more rigorous parkour training regimen, which included two to four training sessions a week, each of which is comprised of two to three hours of conditioning, climbing, crawling, running, jumping, vaulting, and other such high-impact, high-intensity activities.  This hasn't been a problem until the last few weeks, where it's taken sometimes a full day for me to recover from a training session.  I'll be tired the rest of the day after a training session, and often I need to sleep a good part of the next day.  What can I do to recover more quickly and get back my old energy levels?

Offline ArisGreekSquared

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Re: Tired after a workout
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 10:13:11 AM »
Are you eating enough carbs and protein to compensate for your activity? Do you have a lot going on in your life? It's normal for that to happen to people every once in a while.  It happens to my friends who are negative.  Plus, if you don't do certain exercises consitently you lose your stamina.  I know when I don't run or jog for a couple of weeks I feel so out of breath and I can't go as far and you have to build that stamina up again. 

Nutrition is really key here.  Are you consuming protein after a workout? If you're doing weight training or anything it's best to consume a protein shake after.  Also, if you're doing predominantly cardio and endurance training it's best to consume a carby health drink (like a smoothie) after with just a little protein in it. 

Offline leximancer

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Re: Tired after a workout
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 01:57:19 PM »
I think I'm eating enough.  My diet has been mainly low-GI carbs and protein, with fats supplemental.  I eat pretty cleanly: food is as natural as possible, with minimal processing.  After a workout, I'll make a point to eat or drink a large chunk of protein, since I used to have a borderline vegetarian diet.  In fact, I make myself eat protein all the time, but especially after a workout.  I've been told I need to eat more, but I'm not sure how I can do this, since I'd have to spend proportionally more time preparing and eating.  Plus my stomach is only so large!

I'm pretty consistent with my workouts.  It's not a stamina issue; I usually feel those during a workout.  Here, I'm feeling fine during but exhausted afterwards.  Most of the time, I do both strength training and some endurance.  My most common recovery drinks after a workout are chocolate soy milk (I'm lactose intolerant) or soy milk with chocolate protein powder.

Offline Iggy

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Re: Tired after a workout
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 02:15:20 PM »
There can be many factors here that aren't even related to HIV.  Age, seasonal allergies, subtle diet changes, or even other unrelated (to HIV) health issues.

I'm not suggesting btw that you are imagining this, just that it is impossible to know what could be the cause simply based on your post.

I think you need to raise this issue to your doctor and see what he thinks.  He may want to check your testosterone levels among other things.

 


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