I don't know that the advice about the several "mini meals" per day works for everyone. Grazing is a problem for me, particularly when I'm sitting at my desk and bored. And even if I packed 3-4 mini "meals" to cover the portion of time I'm at work, I'd eat 3/4 or it before noon for no other reason than it was there. Having a set breakfast, lunch and dinner time (averaging 500 calories each), with 1-2 optional snacks based on what I eat at meals, (or if my schedule calls for a late dinner) works far better. Plus, I don't have the time or the creativity to really plan out 5 different things to eat every day.
Incidentally, I also find that I feel nauseous or have other problems if I eat anything an hour before a workout. The focus should be on hydration.
On the issue of stretching before a workout; I think the idea is to do a warmup with moderate stretching before working out, just to get the muscles ready for exertopm. Deep stretching should generally only be done after a workout. I make an exception when I already feel exceptionally tight at the start of a workout; generally leg tightness from a prior day's workout or a stiff back and neck from sitting all day long.
- 10/20/2011 11:30:00 AM