Author: Jennifer Hamlin
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Whether you’ll be watching the Super Bowl or the Puppy Bowl, we all know what that day has in store for us…food, lots and lots of food. Gatherings like this usually involve foods that are high in calories, fat, and sodium, but this does not always have to be the case. Figuring out how to take a typical “party food” and altering it just a little can make a world of difference in the calories, fat, and sodium content.
Now that the excitement of New Years has worn off, it’s time to stick with those resolutions and plan for the months ahead. It’s a popular time for questions about the new goals set- diet habits, new exercise routines, maybe trying new foods- you name it! Among those popular questions is this: With my newfound fitness and changing diet, what can keep me motivated? Many look for answers to this question in races or events that come in the spring or summer. It’s a new challenge that allows you to stick to your resolutions and meet your goals, while having fun with a group of friends! These events can vary a lot, with so many choices available, such as marathons, half marathons, triathlons, paint runs, warrior dashes, tough mudders, cycling races, urban clue challenges- anything that is a fun outdoor experience that can keep you moving!
Training for those events starts now. In order to stick with those training schedules, it means preparing nutritionally as well. Since it can take months to train for an event, it is important to keep your body nourished throughout the process. Nutrition is a key role in achieving peak performance, weight management, and providing energy to keep going day in and day out!
So now that you’ve set those SMART goals and there’s an event to keep you going, how can you prepare nutritionally? Nutrition needs will change with increased exercise and keeping on top of it will have you at the top of your game- whatever game that may be! Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy diet to give you the boost to rev up your training schedule:
Eating right means a number of things when it comes to being active. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states: “eating well will help you delay fatigue, train longer and harder, recover faster, adapt to workouts, improve body composition and strength, enhance concentration, maintain a healthy immune function, reduce the chance for injury, and reduce the risk of heat cramps/stomach aches.” All in all, it doesn’t matter what type of activity or how hard you want to train, eating right will make the most of days at the gym and keep you moving through your exercise! Just remember: train your body and your diet.