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Nutrition: Hitting Your Fitness Goals before entering the Gym Pt.1

Updated: Jan 29, 2019



Have you ever set a fitness goal for yourself only to look back after a couple weeks, months and years and wonder what happened? What went wrong ? Why did I make such an impossible task for myself? It’s a tale as old time when the human beings as a species first developed the notion of foresight and imagination in essence a Goal. Fitness goals in today society have become a part of everyday life, where we are surrounded by constant reminders about our health and fitness. Yet so many lose sight of their own goals and develop a sense of inferiority amongst their peers, or feel like they have failed themselves. Whether it’s our work, hobbies ,health, relationships, finances or our comfortable convenience, we create fitness goals to better ourselves. When we fail to achieve those goals a negative self image is formed. This, then sabotages any future self foresight and the creation of other fitness plans. With a damaged confidence we try to repeat the process in a similar fashion only have it fail, this creates a further Downward spiral which we have difficulty escaping from.

How can we not only succeed but stay successful in our modern fitness journey? Create goals, and consistently meet them. Success builds confidence and motivates one to give it things another shot and in essence create a new goals. There are several key factors that aid us in accomplishing these task and as a Strength coach I’ll share not only what they are but how they will help you become more successful in attaining your new/old fitness goal and keeping/maintaining those results.

One of the focuses on one's mind to staying consistent with a fitness goal should be Nutrition. Nutrition, If done properly one can eliminate essentially up to 50% of the physical work one does, depending on the goal. When discussing nutrition, what comes to people’s minds is healthy eating. Most people associate healthy eating with going on a diet to lose weight. After a weekend of binging, we often joke that Monday is the start of our new diet. But is healthy eating something we need to concern ourselves if we are going to the gym? Learning to eat healthy can help you implement a lifestyle change that is free of food fears, dieting and the cycle of gaining and losing weight. Everyone should enjoy food. If you learn to eat healthy, you'll be able to eat what you love, enjoy special treats guilt-free, consume food that makes you feel your best and balance your plate with adequate portions.What are the benefits to healthy nutrition opposed to eating whatever I want ? Well they are:

Reduce Risk of Chronic Disease Nutrient deficiencies, poor food choices and excess body weight can lead to a number of chronic conditions, like heart disease, cancer, insulin resistance and diabetes. When your body doesn't get the nutrients it needs, your immune system weakens and the risk of illness increases.

Fueling the Body & Mind.

food is the mind & body's fuel source, proper nutrition leads to better performance. Provide your body with the right nutrients, there will be a higher energy output, which in turn raises your metabolism. Your cognitive levels are raised which allows the process of information more quickly thus raising the body’s responsiveness, attaining more muscle involvement. Proper Nutrition allow allows for faster muscle repair thus faster recovery. Developing Radiant Skin and Bone Health Healthy nutrition helps to Improve the appearance of your skin and the strength of your hair and nails with nutrients such as biotin, vitamin E and zinc. Ignore things like calcium and vitamin D, and you'll cause your bones to deteriorate and dramatically increase your risk for osteoporosis.

Having Constant Energy Nutrition, bodyweight and hydration will influence how you sleep and your daily energy levels. A meal high in refined carbohydrates can leave you feeling sluggish, whereas a meal high in complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein can keep you full and focused. Healthy eating is important for high energy levels throughout the day and having a proper night's sleep.Good hydration is getting the right amount of water during your day and before, during, and after exercise. Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints and remove waste. It helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. You may feel tired, have muscle cramps, dizziness, or other serious symptoms.

That said today's blog Series is an introductory piece into the world of fitness and a way to begin a conversation with ourselves as to what can be done more efficiently. I will be only be touching lightly on concepts as this is to be a brief introductory fitness blog series. Stay tuned for our other series which will have a full in-depth explanation in the future on the concepts discussed today. In other specifically fitness focused future blog series we will touch fitness Facts, in-depth Science and research, techniques, exercises and the do’s and don’ts. So please subscribe, and like and comment to keep the conversation going and message us if there are any questions or fitness topics you would like us to cover.



By Kratos Prime (Keith K Harper)

B.S. M.S. NASM CPT, PES, CES ACSM CPT

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Great content. I'm excited to read more. Looking forward to further informational gems :)

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