Well, spring break is over and so is half of the semester. The second half of the semester seems to be a more common time to lose motivation and cut back on fitness goals, but you shouldn’t! There’s plenty of reason to keep working out at the RAC just as hard as you did the first half of the semester!
Don’t get caught up in only working out though. Just because you work out doesn’t mean you should overeat unhealthy foods. Keeping up good eating habits is another key to achieving a healthier lifestyle and reducing body fat. Combine this with a regular workout routine, and you will see even better results than just sticking to one or the other.
Livestrong.com has a lot of helpful tips and information on nutritious foods. I learned a few things while reading some articles on the website about nutrition, and I’d like to share some of this with all of you.
Karen Skemp wrote in “10 Key Basic Nutrition Concepts” that eating whole foods that are not processed, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains, is important for your diet. Colorful fruits and vegetables will provide you with your vitamins and minerals, and they are also low in calories. The antioxidants in these foods will also help you to fight off diseases.
Having to attend classes, work on assignments and go to work are just a few things that can get in our way of eating healthy. All of that takes a lot of time out of our days, but we all really should set some extra time aside to prepare and cook our own meals rather than eating out. Not only will it end up being cheaper, but it is also much healthier than take-out. Skemp said that the techniques used in cooking can lead to healthier eating, and if you purchase your ingredients locally, then even better! Local foods are better for your health and the environment. They taste better, since they’re fresh, rather than after being shipped from other countries.
Another piece of information that Skemp provided is that if a food product has more than five ingredients listed, then it is a highly processed food, and that’s not good! Stick to the foods that don’t have many ingredients, and for the ingredients that they do have, it’s better if you know what those ingredients are.
Think about the food you’re purchasing or are about to eat before you actually do so. Consider the alternatives and whether or not you really think it is good for your body or if you will regret it later. Eat healthy before and after your workout, and I’m sure you will feel much better about it than pigging out on some junk food!
Some words of wisdom from CRI’s Fitness Program Director Justine Coleman:
“Nutrition and exercise are a relationship. You need food to fuel you during exercise and daily activities. Your body is like a car. If you do not put fuel in it and take care of it, it will not run well. Putting in nutrient dense foods that are fresh and colorful will be the fuel you need to run awesomely.”
So, take this advice from Coleman and tips on eating right from Skemp and keep striving toward a healthier you!