Fueling the Body

March 8, 2010

Work out with me this week!

Monday 5:30-7:00 pm at IOF.  Urban Dance/Circuit/Kickbox!

Tuesday 5:15-6:15 pm at Hipline.  Ladies~ Shimmy Pop!

Thursday 5:15-6:15 pm at Hipline.  Ladies~ Shimmy Pop!

Friday 5:30-6:30 at IOF.  Urban Dance Kick/Circuit!

Saturday 10:30-11:30 am at Hipline.  Ladies ~ Shimmy Pop!

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Dear Fabulous Folks,

I hope this finds you all amazingly well!

Cat : Meow :: Dog : Woof.  Do you remember analogies from back in the day in school and trying to find the connections?  How about this one, Car : Gas :: Body : Food.

Here’s the deelio, ya’ll, your body needs food to act as its fuel to keep on going!  Not only does this affect your workouts, it also affects your overall energy level, even if you are just being mellow.

Here are some tips:

* Avoid foods that are high in protein or fat before working out.

* Try to eat 3-4 hours before a workout.  Eating 1 hour prior also works, but be sure to stick to carbs like bagels, bread, crackers, plain pasta, apples or bananas.

* Most of us do not need to eat during a workout, unless you are training for something and are working out past an hour.  However, all of us need to hydrate during our workouts!  Adding a pack of emergency also can give you a nice boost!

* After a workout, you should start eating a few carbs within 15 minutes after stopping to replenish the glycogen stores!  In addition, a total of about 300 calories within the 2 hours after they are done exercising need to be taken in to replenish the body.

Friends, I am bolding this last one, as I think many of us are guilty of not eating soon enough when we are done.  I totally am not feeling hungry post-workout and often times did not eat for an hour after.  That is, until I found this out.  Now, I try to remember a banana, plantain chips, or pretzels to be sure.  Lo and behold, I have found that my energy does not crash post-workout!  Amazing!

Food for thought.  As always, feel free to share your thoughts, ideas, and questions with me!

Have a great week!

In peace, Heather

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