When it comes down to eating vs exercise, most of us think of places like a gym or a treadmill when we think of where to go to get in shape. The more subtle truth is that the kitchen trumps most locations when it comes to its impact on our fitness levels. Running for 30 minutes will burn approximately 350-500 calories or slightly more than 1/10th of a pound of body fat. Eating a candy bar takes less than a minute and will negate most, if not all of the positive affects of that 30 minute run.
In times of stress, I like many others, tend to eat more. Over the last few months, I’ve regrettably watched much of my hard-earned rewards of exercise get wiped away by snacks and overeating. It can be so frustrating. This time of year can be especially tough with the holidays approaching and that darn leftover Halloween candy!?
Fitness is an ongoing journey that will take us through many highs and lows in our lifetime. As long as we stay committed for the long-haul, we can weather small setbacks and derailments. And while short-term goals are great ways to motivate us towards a weight loss number or event, make sure that you also set some long-term goals to help you stay on that path of good habits that you started.
Here are some ways to make the kitchen an ally in your fitness quest:
With the holidays quickly approaching, you need not swear off all tasty foods and treats that you enjoy so much. Just plan ahead and limit the splurges. For example, skip a few dinner rolls so that you can have a piece of pumpkin pie; or have a piece of fruit for lunch, so that you can enjoy a few drinks during the holiday bowl games. There are countless creative ways to “bank” calories for the good times, try the ways that work best for you. When it comes to eating vs exercise, it's best to pay attention to both!
You can find Eating vs Exercise and other motivational fitness information in the November 2007 article of The Bullhorn. You can sign up for this free monthly e-zine below.