This year, I have been training for some longer triathlons than I am used to. I have loved the challenge of the longer distance and have learned a valuable lesson about how I fuel my body.
When I first started adding distance and time to my training sessions at the beginning of the year, I just kept fueling as I always have. After a few weeks, I started feeling super tired and would have to add more days of recovery. What was I missing and needing? The answer....better fuel. I simply wasn't eating the right things to feed my muscles, give them energy and help them with recovery. It is still a work in progress and I am learning as I go, but am also noticing a big difference as I work on my proper fueling.
Just as if we were to take a road trip, we wouldn't fill our car up half way to get across the country. We also wouldn't fill our gas tank up with water. We wouldn't make it. We can relate this to our bodies, because if we don't fuel them in the proper manner, the same thing happens; we just don't make it.
Proper fueling is important in every activity. You don't need to be a mega athlete to think about how you fuel your body. It is important for just the every day living we do, including housework, shopping and caring for our families. By fueling properly, we will have more energy, less cravings, stable emotions, and happier joints. We also tend to look and feel better, which leads to more confidence.
Take a moment to think about your current diet. How are you fueling yourself? Are you getting enough healthy fats? How about those whole grains? Veggies? Are you skipping meals? You might feel sluggish, experience cravings in the middle of the day, or maybe, like me, you are having a hard time recovering after a workout. Whatever it may be, take time to keep track of what kind and how much fuel you are putting into your body. You may be surprised at what you find.
Until next time,
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