Many people are NOT training for a marathon or playing competitive sports. But, they are dedicated to fitness and living an active lifestyle. There’s a huge population of people who workout for 45-60 minutes most days, enjoy exercising, run 5K’s for fun on the weekend, read fitness articles in their spare time, and socialize with friends by trying new fitness classes. This group of people does not need intense sports nutrition advice, but they do need: Active lifestyle nutrition.
The end of summer brings with it many beautiful changes: the weather starts to cool down, leaves start to fall… and we go from watching regular season baseball games to the playoffs. After a whole season (that’s more than 2,300 baseball games!) of chowing down on the same ballpark fare at stadiums across the country, who isn’t ready to try something new?
It’s that time of year: Folks are renewing fitness memberships and resolving to move more. And that’s a wonderful thing because we all know exercise can help improve our health. In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’s Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee published science-based guidelines and research-backed reasons (in their executive summary) why regular exercise can significantly enhance our lives.
There’s more to baseball parks these days than cheering on the talented ballplayers and boasting about a home team win. More and more, ballparks are putting fresh, innovative and locally-sourced foods high up on the priority list. To be sure, it’s fun to eat the traditional ballpark fare—hot dogs smothered in chili, cheese or mustard and ketchup, nachos, ice cream and the like. But if you crave healthier choices, concession stands across the country give you plenty of reasons to leave your seat and search for some tasty options that can satisfy you nutritionally.
When you think crunch, what comes to mind? Time crunch, ab crunch or the satisfying crunch of food? We all want to do our best to be productive, fit and well-fed. So how do we find the right balance?
As the Peanut Vendor, it’s well known that I love peanuts. Some people say I’m “obsessed” with them and that I should “get help.” But I have great news—there’s someone who loves peanuts even more than me! And that’s former professional football player Charles “Peanut” Tillman.
Imagine: It’s race day. The sun is rising, camaraderie is high and your best run seems like it’s at your fingertips. But if one critical piece of the picture – nutrition – is missing, the race will probably not be your most enjoyable or fastest. Whether you’re running a 5K or a marathon, include nutrient-dense foods before and after the race.
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