Why Are Fitness AND Nutrition so Important? Pt. II
Muscle Memory: A Brief Recap
In our previous blog, we touched on how important it is to start your day off with a balanced breakfast, as well as packing in some quality snacks between your first meal of the day and lunch. And while those protein bars we all have tucked in our desks or backpacks do make a quick and easy snack, they’re certainly no substitute for a proper meal — and they often contain high amounts of cane sugar, hydrogenated oils, and other unsavory ingredients. If you’re ready to make the switch from quasi-healthy snacking and eating to healthy eating habits that complement your workout routine, then keep reading to learn more about how coupling sound nutrition with one of Fitaholic’s revolutionary training programs can make all the difference in your workout routine.
It’s a common scene: your workday is off to a hectic start, but you managed to blend a smoothie before rushing out the door (good on ya!). You’re slammed with emails, calls, the ever-imposing unforeseen tasks that crop up out of nowhere. Before you know it, lunch is here and all you have time for is a drive-thru or that burger joint around the corner. Scrambling, you opt for the latter. If you chose the fries and soda, you just became the proud owner of roughly 2000 calories, 110g of fat, 40g of sodium, and 1840 mg of sodium. Or, to put it more bluntly, over a day’s worth of calories, and three days’ worth of saturated fat — all in one meal. Although the stress of a day can quickly add up, that burger is doing you no favors in the health department. But, if you’re absolutely stuck and only have the burger joint as an option, try this: forgo the cheese, bun, and fatty condiments for a protein-packed lunch. It’s still not ideal, but you’ll cut calories and get a satisfying, rib-sticking lunch that will get you through the day and not completely wreck the progress you’ve made in our Formula X or Formula 12 class.
The Night Before (And Morning After)
We know you’ve heard it before, but prepping your next day’s meals the night before not only saves you money and time but saves you the hassle of backtracking on your fitness goals. While it can feel like a bit of a chore prepping, cutting, and cooking your meals after a long day on the clock, you’ll thank yourself the next day when you have a protein- and vitamin-rich lunch waiting for your in the ‘fridge when noon rolls around. These meals can be something as simple as grilled chicken breast (a great white meat for protein), healthy greens (think steamed kale with a dash of salt, black pepper, lemon, and a few almonds), some fruit for dessert, and wash it all down with water (we shouldn’t have to remind you to skip the soda). This practice should become your norm for pairing your fitness regimen with your workout routine, whether in a group setting or with one of our personal fitness trainers.
Up Next: Dinner
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any of the info found here or how Fitaholic can help you reach your personal fitness and nutrition goals, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. Keep an eye on our blog page for the next installment in our fitness and nutrition series: dinner dilemmas and how to avoid them.