If you are a serious (or even recreational) athlete, you want to get faster. That is, after all, the name of the game. And for many of us, getting faster often means losing weight, which can be a tricky endeavour when you are also trying to nail your workouts and perform well at races and events.
While you definitely want to “weigh less,” you also don’t want to lose any precious muscle that also helps you go faster. There are many theories and different approaches to this dilemma but I think the best place to start is with how fast you lose the weight.
Research confirms that people who lose weight slowly lose less lean muscle than those who lose weight more quickly. Continue reading “Slow Weight Loss for Performance”
In my perfect world, calorie counters would be banned from all exercise machines.
Instead, I would add “number of limbs moved” or “variety of planes used” or, even better, I would add a “level of enjoyment” meter.
While we all know that staying physically active is essential to a long, healthy, and productive life, many of us don’t make time for it in our busy lives. As easy as it would be for me to chalk this up to society being lazy or uninterested in their own wellbeing (beyond popping meds when your health gets out of control).
I think the real reason is that we, as a society, have mistakenly and inextricably linked exercise purely with weight loss.
Continue reading “Why You Should Move More (but not to burn calories)”
Many fitness researchers and coaches believe that there is a disconnect between the wearable “fitness tracker” market and how people are using them.
Read more of my thoughts on this topic at Scientific American.
I got an awesome surprise from Joe, the editor at Quick and Dirty Tips, on Monday morning. This was his email to me:
The Body Fat: How to Use it and Lose it went live on SciAm and drove about ~40,000 pageviews over the weekend! You also saw over 8,000 downloads on Sunday. Which is more downloads than your average Tuesday releases and about 8x more downloads than Sundays typically get. Pretty huge!
Continue reading “I’m a Scientific American”
Lunch and Dinner.
The foods that you eat the day before the race are the foods that your gastrointestinal system will be using in the morning. So, you should avoid having an evening meal that is loaded with fiber and protein. Instead, consume an easily digested dinner that is comprised of a carbohydrate like sweet potato, yam or quinoa, an iron-rich dark leafy green or cruciferous vegetables like steamed spinach or broccoli, and if you’d like, a moderate amount of a basic protein, like a small piece of baked salmon. Continue reading “6 Tips for Racing a 5 or 10k”