Eating for Wellness: Balancing Exercise With Nourishment

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 under health | No Comment

You may be new to the wellness world where you eat healthy foods and exercise on a regular basis. Welcome to a brand-new you. However, there’s a smart way to fit all of these important aspects into your life. Learn how to eat for a body that can function at peak levels. A faster run each day may be possible.

Start With Carbs

Carbohydrates are sugars that give you short-term energy, such as within the next few hours. Before you perform any moderate exercise, the energy must be there. Ideally, eat a carbohydrate-heavy meal about two hours before your workout. You might add another carbo snack an hour before your workout in order to boost your energy levels even further.

Choose healthy carbs, including bananas and oatmeal, to shore up your energy reserves. Pancakes laden with syrup may be technically carbohydrates, but they have drawbacks in the form of unhealthy fats.

End With Proteins

You used your carbs for energy during the workout. Recovery time comes afterward. This process involves the muscles being healed with amino acids, which come from proteins. Try to eat a protein-rich snack or meal after your exercise. Lean meats, nuts and beans are good choices for the athlete in you.

Avoid any fatty meats, such as beef, because you’ll negate any benefits from your workout by adding in a lot of saturated fat. Healthy proteins give your body a chance to heal and recover so that subsequent workouts are easier.

Consider Nutrient Boosts

Think about adding beneficial nutrients, such as Le-vel Thrive, to your daily diet. These nutrient boosts come in specific levels that you consume throughout the day. You don’t just pop a pill in the morning and forget about it. By spacing out nutrients into three servings, the body has a nearly constant supply of vitamins and proprietary boosts.

Follow the instructions on any boosts that you might use. Taking them in the proper order and quantity is critical to a successful outcome.

Listen to Your Body

You’re following best practices for pre-workout and post-exercise food choices, but your body starts to feel drained after awhile. Remind yourself that you’re still human. Optimum diets and workout plans can always be derailed by injury, illness or other issues.

Listen to your body to decide if you should workout each day. Most athletes take a few days off each week, such as two or three days. The rest days don’t make you lazy. In fact, rest is an important part of working out. It gives your body a chance to heal.

Add in Healthy Fats

Don’t fall into the trap of eliminating all fats from your diet. Healthy fats, such as monounsaturated types, actually help your body fight off disease. Try olive oil, avocados and nuts in your meals. The fat helps your nervous system function while improving your cardiovascular functions.

Keep in mind that all fats should be eaten in moderation. They’ll satisfy your cravings so that a healthy lifestyle is easier to lead than not.

From Thrive reviews to enhanced recipes, learning more about the food and nutrients that benefit your life can take some time. Remind yourself that the learning process itself is a healthy journey. You’ll be able to run with the best in the nation with the right fuel shoring up your body systems.

3 Ways to Stay Hydrated on a Run

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 under Running Tips | No Comment

Whether you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise or you’ve made a fresh commitment to becoming more active, trail running is a rewarding and fun activity. However, you can’t run at your peak level without proper hydration, regardless of your fitness level. Here are some methods to getting the best run and staying hydrated on your longer runs.

Follow the General Rule

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Hot Chocolate 5K/15K Race Preview

Posted on Jan 20, 2018 under Race | No Comment

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K RunSimilar to the Fit Foodie 5K, the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K is a run that I’ve wanted to do for the longest time. I still remember seeing them advertise their run at a race expo many years ago. They had huge signs and offered cool perks like a race jacket and hot chocolate after the race. There was another race that I ran before that offered Irish hot chocolate, which was a nice treat after running a race. The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K has grown since then, now hosting races 18 different cities, including one in Mexico City!

I will be running the race hosted in my hometown San Diego. The thing I like about established races is that they know what they are doing. They’ve experienced every issue or misstep before and have learned from it. After the first few years, if a race director does not learn from their mistakes, runners won’t keep coming back.

The race starts and finishes downtown and will take you through different parts of Balboa Park. Looking at the elevation chart, there are a few hills you may need to prepare for. But I’ve ran so many local races in Point Loma and Liberty Station recently, getting to run around Downtown and Balboa Park is a a nice change.

If you’re interested in participating in the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, visit their website and choose a city that you’re interested in.

Good luck and enjoy!!

Fit Foodie 5K & Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles 5K 2017 Race Reports

Posted on Dec 08, 2017 under Race | No Comment

Fit Foodie 5K

I’ve wanted to participate in the Fit Foodie 5K for quite some time. As I mentioned before, one of the reasons I run is so that I don’t have to worry (too much) about what I eat before and after. So when I learned about an event that highlights running and food, I was sold! I finally had the opportunity to run it this year and it did not disappoint. The race was very well organized and there were so many different food options, I felt like I had to go for another run afterwards!

We came a little late so had to start the race at the very back, which meant a lot of bobbing and weaving to get to the front. Usually, when that happens, I’m able to go off to the side and pass most people that way. But because the race was around Liberty Station, the race was mostly on a very narrow walking/biking path. So, I did my best to avoid running over others while trying to keep up my pace. I also have to admit that I had not been running very much before this race. So it’s not like I was in tip-top shape ready to win the race. But the atmosphere was great throughout the race and I had a really good time. Read the rest of this entry »

Try Wearing Heated Vests for Hunting Expeditions

Posted on Nov 08, 2017 under Random | No Comment

People that live in colder climates often avoid going outside during the winter season. Those that love outdoor activities often cannot find proper clothing that keeps them comfortably warm. Hunting season is close, and hunters have wonderful new apparel choices to keep them warm while chasing after their prey. Hunters should try wearing heated hunting vests for an enjoyable outdoor adventure. A simple vest that emits battery operated warmth can enable hunters to stay out hunting for much longer time frames. These vests can be worn alone, or the individual can use several layers for the ultimate warm clothing. Read the rest of this entry »

What Should I Do To Get Healthy This Year?

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 under health | No Comment

Although many people make health-related New Years Resolutions or commit to making wellness a more integral component of their lifestyles, it’s often the case that these individuals fall off the wagon rather quickly. If you find that this is the case for you but you’re ready to try again, don’t procrastinate. Instead, start getting healthy this year by implementing some or all of the wellness tips listed for you below: Read the rest of this entry »

Fit Foodie Festival & 5K Race Preview

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 under Race | No Comment

Fit Foodie Festival & 5K RaceWhen people ask, ‘why do you run?’ you’ll usually get typical responses like, ‘oh I’m trying to lose weight’ or ‘I’m training to run my first marathon’ or something similar. However, my go to response is more ‘because I love to eat!’ Going as far back as high school, I still remember going out to eat with another cross country friend at a restaurant and having each of us consume the following with little to no effort: 5-6 glasses of lemonade, individual appetizers, full entrees followed by our own, very rich dessert to complete the meal. You can try and justify such a large meal by saying that we were just kids with big appetites. But I’m sure it was also due to us burning thousands of calories every week that contributed as well.

Since I started running consistently again as an adult, I would follow the same ‘run to eat’ mentality. Post long runs and post-race celebratory meals were often just as important as the run itself. I would find new restaurants and places to eat depending on where I ran. Race-cations were also planned by destinations with the best food (along with sightseeing opportunities).

So when I heard about the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K a few years ago, I was excited to participate in an event that celebrated my two favorite activities. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to attend, until this year. Check out the following information about the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K.. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Surprising Dog Breeds at Risk for Hip and Joint Problems

Posted on Sep 07, 2017 under health | No Comment

Hip dysplasia and arthritis are common concerns for owners of German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Dachshunds. It’s no surprise that a large frame or elongated body type can lead to these issues. However, many dog owners are unaware that their pet could also be at risk for developing these issues, and worse, don’t know how to prevent or treat them. Access to information is the first step at combating hip and joint problems in these breeds, so read on to see if you or someone you know needs to begin a conversation with their veterinarian. Read the rest of this entry »

Why You Should Encourage Your Child to Be Curious but Cautious

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 under health | No Comment

When you encourage your child to be curious but cautious, you are allowing them to explore the world while implementing safety techniques. Teach them to be wary of strangers, but give them a creative outlet to come to their own conclusions about life and people.

Healthy Curiosities Open Doors for New Learning Experiences

A healthy curiosity is something like wondering how many fireflies you can catch in a single night, then releasing them all at once to create a twinkling wave. Things like this help children thrive in science and nature, while opening the proverbial door to more questions and greater learning experiences.

Encourage Your Child to Question the World Around Them

Rather than telling your child what they should do or believe, allow them to come to their own conclusions by asking questions about the world around them. Adults often feel pressure to conform to their surroundings, but children should feel undaunted by society norms. An expressive, curious child becomes a creative, fulfilled adult. Read the rest of this entry »

Spartan Race Father’s Day Discount

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 under run | No Comment

Spartan Race Father's Day

Most people have completing a marathon on their bucket list. But for the more adventurous, I highly recommend attempting a Spartan Race. I was fortunate enough to go from road running to trail running and working out at the gym, so all of those activities helped prepare me (as much as possible) for the Spartan Race. Obstacle races are not something you can just wake up one day and attempt. The Spartan Race is currently running a Father’s Day promotion, use the code SPARTANDAD and you will get 50% off gear, $69 races & 2 free digital books with any race purchase (Spartan Up! & Spartan Fit!). This would definitely make a great Father’s Day fit for all of those fathers with the infamous ‘dad bods’!

Check out some of my previous race reports for the Spartan Race: Sprint, Super, Beast.

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