I've received a lot of questions from clients regarding how to eat before and after a workout. Eat too much and you'll be left feeling sluggish and bloated for the workout. Eat too little and your stomach will be screaming at you and you won't have the energy to carry on. So what should you do?
While I'll try not to get too deep into the science of it (macros, nutrient timing, and hormone responses can get a bit confusing), I'll suggest some general guidelines to consider.
Well it's that time of year when hearts are everywhere with Valentine's Day fast approaching. It just seems fitting (cliche?) to have a quick article about heart health to go along with it.
So today I just wanted to bring renewed attention to The Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan. The plan has seemed to go under the radar and not really get much attention - although it's been around since 2009 it doesn't appear to have received sufficient funding and media exposure to be anything more than another list of recommendations that the public is unaware of. Since improving health and fitness is what we are all about in the YWCA Fitness Department, I thought it'd be helpful to try and help get the word out about this kind of initiative. The main thrust absolutely seems to be looking at the policy side of things by helping to change the entire landscape of health understanding and access to services on a large scale. Clearly improving the health of Canadians is a noble commitment, but the cynical side of me feels that waiting for favourable policy changes will take too long to make a real difference in the lives of those reading this and their families.