FITNESS TIP OF THE DAY:
Don’t ignore the importance of food and nutrition when it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals.
Most people focus the majority of their efforts on exercise when it comes to a fitness goal (i.e. losing weight, losing inches, getting stronger). This is one of the reasons why some people workout diligently and wonder why they aren’t seeing the physical results they are hoping to achieve. What most people forget is the fact that food and nutrition plays a large part in getting results. It actually plays a more significant role than exercise alone!
Keep in mind that we make eating our “primary activity” an average of 3 times a day (not including the times we snack while doing other things at the same time). Depending on your schedule you may only make time to exercise 3 times in a week. You have more opportunities to make “better” decisions that benefit your health and fitness goals every time you eat versus the times you choose to be physically active. That means that in an average week you will:
- Eat 28 to 35 meals and/or snacks
- Drink 14 to 28 additional beverages
- Exercise 3 to 5 times
Weighing the Numbers – An Example
A person weighing 175 pounds., who weight trains for 45 minutes and runs at 5 mph for 30 minutes, will burn approximately 500 calories in a single exercise session. That same person can get the same result by simply choosing to get a sugar-free venti iced green tea versus the same size Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks after work (500 calories)!
Keep the following in mind:
- Get the right nutrients from fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, proteins and essential fats
- Exercise portion control (regardless of what is on your plate)
- Stay within your daily caloric intake (especially if you are looking to maintain or lose weight).
Be conscious of making healthy choices more often throughout the day to ensure that the hard work that you put into your workouts in the gym produce the overall results you are looking to achieve.