Why Are Fitness AND Nutrition so Important? Pt. I
You’ve Heard it All Before — For Good Reason
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the importance of getting the proper nutrition when taking part in a fitness training regimen. And it makes sense, right? When we want our bodies to function most optimally, we need to give it the best fuel possible. And while each person’s body requires a unique balance of food and fitness, there are some hard-and-fast guidelines for finding personal balance for our bodies. This goes beyond just pumping our bodies full of protein. While protein is a key component of proper nutrition, it’s far from the end-all/be-all some supplement companies would have you believe. For exemplary nutrition to match your personal fitness training program, eating a wide range of proteins (either animal or plant-based), carbs, and healthy fats is crucial. In this post, we’ve laid out a few basic guidelines for getting the most out of your new, healthy eating habits. If you’re ready to learn more about the importance of coupling healthy nutrition with one of our unique fitness training programs, take a look below.
Start Your Day Off on the Right Foot
Another old adage we hear is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This notion has persisted for decades and continues to do so. However, there’s inconclusive evidence to support this claim. While the jury may still be out on whether or not breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, it is still an integral part of reaching optimal nutrition both when active with a fitness training program and without. A well-balanced breakfast (and, no, this doesn’t include sugary cereal) starts us off with a proper foundation for our day, giving us the energy we need to tackle tasks, whether those tasks are in the gym or out. No matter if you’ve chosen our Formula 12 or Formula X fitness training program, you’ll receive nutritional guidance during each step of your health-conscious journey.
Midday Morning Munchies
If you’re not part of the pack of people who get their workout in early in the morning, either before or after breakfast, then you may not be as familiar with the hunger pangs that usually show up around 10 or 11 a.m. as those who choose to workout later in the day. It’s easy to wreck our nutrition with sugary and highly processed foods when hunger hits us at our desks. If this happens to you, try this: keep bananas, apples, oranges, or other easy-to-keep fruit at your desk. These fruits not only keep well if eaten in a timely manner, but they also provide you with 200 health-filled calories or fewer, making them ideal for getting a jolt of healthy sugar in between meals to help keep you awake and focused. While we’re on the subject of fruit, we can’t mention enough the importance of eating fresh, whole foods. If you’re part of the camp that reaches for protein bars, we implore you to taper or completely supplant those sugar-filled bars with whole fruit goodness your body craves. While you won’t get 30g of protein from your banana, it will help tide you over until lunchtime, when you can add a healthy, diverse array of proteins, carbs, fats, and sugars.
Coming Up: Lunch, Dinner, and Devilish Desserts
That’s it for the first installment of our fitness and nutrition blog. Make sure to keep an eye on our blog for the next in our two-part series. In the meantime, if this article has stoked your desire for a better diet and fitness training program, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about our unique fitness and nutrition programs.