Is it worth it??

December 30, 2008

Earlier today I was sitting in my living room and was reading the December issue of  Health Magazine and noticed there was a quick blurb about what you have to do to burn off the calories in 3/4 cup of eggnog.  To burn off the calories you’d have to go sledding on a snowy hill for 32 minutes, power-walk for 45 minutes or do a 27 minute interval program on a treadmill that involves walking at 3.5mph at 7.5 percent incline for 4 minutes and run at 6.0mph in no incline for 5 minutes.

This is all well and good, but how many of us can actually sit down and have just 3/4 cup of eggnog and that’s not including the alcohol.  When you think about how much working out you have to do to negate the effects of poor food choices,  is it really worth it?

Just something to think about

To Eat or Not to Eat?!?

December 4, 2008

One question I frequently get from my morning exercisers is if they should eat before their workout.  My answer to them is to get some form of calories in thebody before the workout.  Some individuals actually get nauseous from eating solid food right before a workout.

Calories in any form will fuel your performance in the gym.  There is a misconception that working out on an empty stomach will enable you to use your fat stores from the night before, however that is totally false.  A great analogy is to view your body as a car.  For a car to run at its best, it has to have fuel!  Ingesting 100-200 calories up to 15 min before a workout is all that it takes to raise your metabolism and rev your fat burning engine.  Something as simple as a small piece of fruit, 8 ounces of juice, or green tea will do the trick.  So the next time you wake up to train, put a little something in your gas tank.

Stay tuned for a great breakfast recipe that you’ll surely add to your stable of breakfast favorites.