I met with a recommended personal trainer since I've been having some annoying issues with my feet during workouts. Within an hour he figured out what my problem is and gave me some heel stretches and glute exercises to work on. Grumble...Grumble...I hate squats!
During my conversation with him about my workouts, he recommended eating exactly 15 minutes right after a strenuous workout. The recovery window is important to optimally replete muscle and liver glycogen stores. I already follow SP recommendations on eating within 2 hours of a workout.
What my trainer recommended to drink after the workout was a big surprise to me - Chocolate milk. My jaw hit the floor. I responded: "After a strenuous 1.5 hour workout at gym, you want me to drink chocolate milk? You know I'm trying to lose weight NOT gain it." He explained that the combination of carbs and protein in chocolate milk matched the ratio found to be most beneficial for recovery.
Considering how old I am and how much I've been exercising, I think it's a really beneficial for me to recover properly. So I'm giving it a try but I'm sticking to 1% chocolate milk. Hopefully my teenagers and DH will leave MY chocolate milk alone. Fat chance, right!
I did some research and found these quotes from various fitness sites regarding chocolate milk:
"Chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your muscles -- something they can metabolize"
"Serious and amateur athletes alike enjoyed physical recovery benefits when they drank low-fat chocolate milk after a vigorous workout"
"Fat-free chocolate milk beat out carbohydrate sports drinks at helping to rebuild and refuel muscles after exercise"
"The combination of carbohydrates and protein in low-fat chocolate milk appears to be "just right" for refueling weary muscles"
"So, in the 30-minute recovery window after exercising, have a nice cold drink of low-fat chocolate milk to boost your performance and overall physical shape."
"Tell your athletes 'within 15!' You want them to eat or drink something containing calories within 15 minutes of completing exercise to optimally replete muscle and liver glycogen stores. "
Some people get a high from drugs, others from exercise, and maybe others get that feeling from other activities. I get a high feeling from Yoga. I've been doing yoga for 4 years and last year I started noticing a high feeling after yoga class.
When Iím on the "Yoga High":
My body just tingles
I have a sense of inner peace and happiness
I have a permanent smile on my face
I feel nothing can upset me (well, except maybe fighting hormonal teenagers waiting for me at home. That can bring me off my high very fast.)
I often on the drive home solve problems I've been struggling with. There is nothing like a clear head. Solutions to problems just pop up.
When I got home today from yoga, I was feeling so good that I don't recall the drive home. Yesterday, I walked out the yoga studio and thought I forgot my glasses. I turned around and then realized my glasses were sitting on my face.
I prefer the Yoga High since there are no bad side effects.
If you haven't noticed it yet, view one of your blog posts. There is a new Facebook 'Like' button option on your blog posts.
I think this was a bad move for Spark People. I know my blogs are public, but I want to keep separate Facebook and Spark People. If someone ' Facebook Likes' my blog post, I'm assuming my blog will go on that person's Facebook feed. I don't want any of my blog post links showing up on Facebook feeds.
TO TURN OFF FACEBOOK LIKE OPTION:
I did find an option to turn this off. Edit you spark page and in the big white box on the top, toggle off "Show share bar on my blog posts".
The past 6 months I have gotten my overall cholesterol level back to a normal level by diet and exercise, however my good cholesterol is on the low side. So I have been focusing on getting more healthy oils in my healthy lifestyle diet. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids that control LDL levels while raising HDL (the good cholesterol) levels.
I found some new ways of adding that wonderful healthy oil instead of just using it on a salad. I now:
1) Drizzle olive oil on whole grain toast instead of using butter or margarine.
2) Add olive oil into my morning oatmeal.
3) Add olive oil into my protein smoothies.