Hitting the Wall – What are the causes

“Hitting the Wall” while working out, running, and biking, I’m sure we’ve all done it.  What causes your body to crash and burn?  Where you can’t take one more step, or even collapse?

Our body’s fuel is from sugar and fat.  Our brain runs on sugar.  To be more specific, glycogen is a carbohydrate (sugar) that is stored in our muscles and liver for energy.  When we workout, our body initially burns glycogen for quick energy, and within minutes converts to burning more fat and less carbohydrate to sustain the workout.  If you are out of shape, you’ll burn up the sugar fuel a lot faster – hence, you’ll hit the wall.

Our body stores about 2000 calories worth of glycogen in our muscles and liver.  Runners burn approximately 100 calories per mile.  This is why a lot of marathon runners hit the wall at about mile 20, their glycogen tank is empty.  Also, the brain is depleted of its sugar which may cause the runner to become light-headed and mentally unable to continue.

Workout programs are important to prevent you from hitting the wall.  Training helps the body to build up endurance and build muscle.  The better the condition of your body, the more efficient it will burn its fuels – less sugar and more fat.

Don’t be another Brick in the Wall.  Here’s to your Health!

Kim Lowrey, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy Center, Fayetteville, AR


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