When we want to get in shape, or live a healthier life we’re always told to eat healthier foods and exercise. This is because exercise and nutrition are so interrelated that you should always be aware of the effects they both have on our bodies. Simply put exercise determines how many calories we burn, while nutrition is the calories themselves. If we eat too many calories and don’t exercise enough we gain weight. If we exercise the same amount of calories we eat we maintain our weight. Or if we eat fewer calories than we exercise we lose weight.
Many people don’t pay enough attention to how exercise and nutrition work together. For example, they use the fact that they exercise as an excuse to eat whatever they want. This can hurt the overall health of your body, because most of our dietary indulgences include processed food that doesn’t have much nutritional value. When you exercise you need to make sure you’re getting the right nutritional content in your diet, like vitamins, minerals and especially protein. This is because exercising breaks down the muscles in your body and then builds it back up. In order to do this effectively your body requires the necessary nutrients, the primary one being protein. One way to ensure that your body gets the necessary nutrients to rebuild the muscles after a workout is to drink what’s commonly known as “muscle” drinks. These drinks will not make you big and bulky, they are just high protein drinks that make sure your muscles have the necessary nutrients to rebuild themselves after their workout.
Another reason why we might not be able to reach our body goals might be because we’re focusing too much on the calories of the food we’re eating and not the nutritious content of the food. As I mentioned before our bodies need certain nutrients like vitamins and minerals to run effectively. By focusing on the calorie content of food many of us lose a number of the essential vitamins and minerals we need in our bodies. Try focusing on eating more nutritional food versus low calorie foods. Foods that are high in protein and fiber will help us feel satiated longer and on less food.
When used in conjunction with each other an exercise and nutrition plan can not only help you reach your body goals faster, but it can make you feel healthier and more alive than previously.