Welcome to the Fitness Minute!
Fighterbody Fitness has teamed up with KWWL to deliver fitness tips each and every week.
The first week we focused on helping you to develop a plan or what we like to call a blueprint for success.
This week we focus on how to best begin your workout each day once you have established your desired exercise regimens. The two most important aspects of preparing for your exercise is Nutrition and Stretching.
PREWORKOUT NUTRITION: It is very important to eat a properly nutritious meal prior to exercising. Ideally it should be least 45 to 60 minutes before you begin. Not only is when important, but also what is even more valuable. This is a great opportunity to provide your body with high carb foods that will provide you with adequate energy throughout your exercise period. In the morning such foods as oatmeal, greek/yogurt/fruit smoothies, bananas or a vegetable omelet are good options. In the afternoons or evenings cottage cheese, fruits, vegetables, wholegrain bread with jam, honey, peanut butter or turkey slices work great. Hard boiled eggs can make a great addition as well. If you are finding yourself on the go simply grab an apple, a handful of nuts(ie: almonds), trail mix or mixed fruit. Just make sure not to eat too much before you exercise so that you don't feel sluggish. Believe it or not a moderate amount of caffeine intake prior to your workout can also be a great stimulate for added exercise energy.
PRE & POST WORKOUT STRETCHING: Prior to your workout it is always best to do "dynamic" methods of stretching. These would be considered a group of high intensity movements that are each 15 to 30 seconds long. Examples are jumping jacks, pushups, high front kicks, squat jumps, jumping rope and high knees are a few. The key element is to do exactly what they call it, "warming up" the muscles with intensive cardio based movements. Stretching should only be done during the post workout or after your primary exercise is complete. These are called "static" stretches and consist of slow stretching type movements such as sit and reach, knee to chest, lunge stretches and an elevated foot toe touch are a few. Basically if they are slow and you are reaching with or to limbs it would be considered a post workout stretch. Proper stretching done at the proper times will not only provide you with a better workout, but can also be instrumental in injury prevention.
Stay tuned to Fitness Minute every Saturday morning on KWWL for great tips on staying healthy! Stay focused and enjoy your workout!