A strength-training workout with StayFIT equipment and eating foods that boost metabolism are two activities that go hand-in-hand. Since I love to work-out and love to eat, I figure it’s time to write about this duo. They say, “Never go shopping when you’re hungry.” And maybe I shouldn’t write a blog when I’m hungry either, but this blog is all about the good stuff we should eat, especially when involved in a strength-training regimen. This is a popular subject because foods that boost metabolism also help improve our strength and fitness.
When I was growing up, I was always told that breakfast was the most important meal. I wondered if this was really true? So many people skip their morning meal and seem to be just fine. I know I did. Maybe just grab a few cups of coffee? Well, I’ve done a little research on the subject since then and clearly…it is important! I haven’t seen anything saying it is more important than any other meal, but none-the-less it gets your body going so it doesn’t kick into “starvation mode” and allow that very important metabolism to slow down. So yes…they were right…we do need to eat a little something soon after getting up in the morning, and continue to eat the right kinds of foods the rest of the day as well.
I realize I’m not an expert in the nutrition or the field of medicine. But I know metabolism is the process our body uses to create energy. And I also know first-hand how much energy it takes to move my body across the StayFIT Overhead Ladder or up the very challenging Rope Climb. If we are trying to burn fat, then it makes sense to have a little help from our metabolism. For strength-training though, it’s extremely important that we eat foods that boost metabolism so we have the energy we need to repair body tissue and build muscle.
Here are some of the foods and liquids that I have found to be especially good foods to boost metabolism:
- Blue berries
- Green Tea
- Oatmeal (my favorite!)
- Spinach and other dark leafy greens
- Poultry (especially turkey)
I’m sure there are other foods that also boost metabolism, but these are the ones that come to mind.
There are other “non-food” supplements that are good to consider as well. For example, when I am having an especially challenging workout, I like to add a little Whey Protein to my diet. There seems to be a bit of a protein-craze going around right now and most people probably get more than they need. But when you are putting extra strain on muscle, a little more protein is a good idea.
It is also very important to get plenty of fiber. Here, I recommend Psyllium Husk. Add a little of that to your meal and you’ll be happy you did.
If all this talk about healthy food seems a little depressing, I have some GOOD NEWS! There is one sweet treat that I have heard is good for building muscle and hydrating after a strength-training workout: Chocolate milk. That should be a welcomed reward for all you chocolate lovers. I have heard this from coaches and people who should know so… eat healthy, workout hard, and then relax with a nice cold glass of chocolate milk. Yumm!