HIIT has gotten a lot of publicity recently. That’s probably because high-intensity interval
training burns more calories in fifteen minutes than an hour jogging on the treadmill. It boosts
your metabolism like nothing else and keeps you burning calories for hours.
Good nutrition is the foundation for our health and quality of life. What you eat affects how you feel and translates directly to how much energy you have to perform optimally. As an athlete, you need to be consuming the right amount of quality calories to power your body for hard training. If you eat junk then don’t expect good things to come out as a result. You also need to be eating the right amount and quality of protein after an intense training session to ensure that the body can repair the muscle damage caused and allow the body to adapt and become stronger. This is determined by a number of factors such as your age and gender, your sport, and how hard your train. The timing of when you are eating also affects your performance. Restricting fuel just before or after training can lead to poor performance and recovery whereas fueling before, during, and after training is good practice followed by successful athletes.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Chadwick Boseman this week to colon cancer at only 43 years old. Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and rates are rising in younger people. Early screening is strongly recommended especially if you have a family history of colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. A healthy colon is a vital part of a healthy body. The colon, along with the small and large intestines, are a major area where the nutrients in food are absorbed. If the colon is not clean, it cannot fulfill this important task. Not only that, but the impacted fecal material that builds up in the colon and intestines also releases toxins into the bloodstream. You are in effect getting toxins instead of nutrients – not a very good trade.