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FAST TALK

FOR MANY RUNNERS, HEADING OUT WITHOUT ANY FUEL IN THE TANK DOESN’T BEAR THINKING ABOUT, BUT, AS MICHAEL DONLEVY EXPLORES, RUNNING ON EMPTY MAY ACTUALLY IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

FASTED RUNNING

“BY TRAINING IN A FASTED STATE WE CAN IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO BURN STORED FATS AS A PRIMARY ENERGY SOURCE8”

Sometimes, nothing beats an early-morning run. There’s a chill in the air, the sun is rising and the birds are singing. There’s just you, the sound of your breath and your shadow for company. It can also be extremely good for you. The chances are you won’t have had time to eat let alone digest breakfast, so you’re running on an empty stomach, and using up the glycogen in your muscles that have been stored from the previous day. This is known to have benefits, because it increases your body’s ability to burn fat and it fires up your metabolism for the rest of the day, further enhancing your fat-burning abilities. You’ve probably heard of this – it’s called ‘fasted training’.

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