New Year’s Resolutions
How many of us make New Year’s resolutions related to fitness? “I really will stick to it this year!”
This is the time of year when the new fitness regimes are in full swing. Many of us give up at the end of February or March when we aren’t seeing any results, or just can’t stick to it!
The mistake some people make is taking on too much. If you really enjoy good food, you will find it very difficult sticking to a strict diet and denying yourself all the yummy things. (life is too short right?)
A friend of mine used to roll his eyes at all of the ‘faddy’ diets and when people would ask ‘what is the secret to staying slim?’ his answer was always – “it’s not a secret but simply input over output!” (My friend is a very pragmatic person, but he isn’t often wrong!)
Input Over Output!
If you are exercising a lot, you need to make sure you are taking onboard enough calories, including protein and carbohydrates to keep those energy levels up. Especially if your fitness regime includes a lot of cardio-vascular work. This is the best way to stay fit, toned and heart-healthy.
Pilates PT says; “Many people seem to avoid carbohydrates nowadays but if you want to get the most from your training they are vital as they are broken down into Glycogen which fuels the muscles during intense exercise. Carbs get a bad rap but a positive relationship with food is healthier than any restrictive diet”.
Is Carbo-loading a ‘Thing’?
If you are taking part in a long race, then you have probably heard of carbo-loading before race day, but is this a ‘thing’ and do athletes actually do this?
Runners world says: “You can’t completely fill your muscles with glycogen from just one meal, which is why you should start carbo-loading two or three days before your race.”
I don’t want to go into this too much as it gets a bit technical and sciency, but in summary, pasta can play a part in your new ‘healthy you’ – if you really enjoy pasta, you don’t need to give it up – just make sure you make it part of healthy dishes with lots of fresh vegetables and light sauces – if you are eating spaghetti with tons of cream and pork pies on top, it ain’t gonna work!