Some people exercise and some people train.
Either way - moving your body is great for the mind, body and soul.
Regardless if you are exercising to improve your health or training to improve fitness for an upcoming event, you know that if you eat better, you will perform better.
For athletes, when you fuel your body optimally you have more energy, your fitness improves, you are happier, you think better, you delay fatigue, you sleep better and you have a more positive outlook on life.
I hope that every athlete and fitness enthusiast is on a mission to be at peace with food.
Food should enhance your life and should energize your body and mind.
I encourage you to think about your current eating and fueling habits to decide if what you are doing right now is working for you.
It's important to have a great plan for good nutrition because good nutrition habits bring great workouts. And when you are consistent with your training, you can look forward to great race day performances.
Sadly, for many athletes, food is not for energy.
It's the enemy.
Is food the awful thing in your life that keeps you from being happy?
Do you live in constant fear about gaining weight or becoming fat?
Do you wish there was a way to stop your chaotic eating patterns and body dissatisfaction?
Do you find yourself unable to cope with day-to-day responsibilities and stressors and the only way to feel in control is to not eat, binge eat or excessively workout?
Are you constantly preoccupied with food?
Are you letting your desire to be thinner override practical eating habits and behaviors?
Are you pushing people out of your life so that you can maintain a strict eating and exercise routine?
If you are starving/restricting your body from key nutrients and energy, especially around and during workouts, you are moving further and further away from achieving attainable performance goals and you are slowly deteriorating your health.
As athletes, we must be able to turn on and off our commitment switch. That means installing great lifestyle habits to ensure that our workouts and eating habits have positive outcomes.
If you find your training excessively to burn calories or in an effort to experience an emotional high that you may think you are missing from your ever day life, ask yourself how you can achieve a more balanced life.
Address your priorities in life and bring good intentions to your workouts.
Restricting food or calories or excessively exercise, all in attempt to improve performance or to change body image is no way to live your life.
There are many healthy strategies to achieving your health, body and performance goals and those practical strategies won't impair performance or destroy your health.
Thinner doesn't mean happier.
Leaner doesn't mean faster.
Eating doesn't mean cheating.
Don't bash your body for what is it not.
Love your body for what it allows you to do.