Diet or Exercise? It’s an Age-Old Question!
We’re often asked, which is more important… diet or exercise? Simple question, simple answer…. both!
How Diet Plays a Role in Everyday Life.
When you eat a diet with a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables, less sugar, less processed food and generally make smart choices about what is going into your body, you body works well. Remember… food is energy. Energy is essential for our day to day tasks as well as all the “extras” we like to take part in, rock climbing, cycling, walking/running… whatever you find enjoyment in. When one area of your life is off, the others can easily suffer resulting in physical injuries, lack of motivation, sleep problems and so on.
The Benefits of Exercise.
As a general rule of thumb, each week you should strive to get at least:
- 150 minutes of aerobic exercise (get moving to the point where it is tricky to keep up a conversation).
- 20 minutes of strength training 2-3 days per week (best to give 24 hours rest in-between when you are working on specific body parts)… even body weight moves – like sit to stand (squats) are a good place to start if you are just beginning.
- Stretch daily, if you don’t use it- you will lose it. Hold each move for 15-20 seconds. Focus on your tightest or most uncomfortable areas if you are short on time.
- Balance exercises should be done daily. We recommend people work balance into their daily routines. That way you are more likely to stick to it. For example, try balancing on one foot (other foot is only 1-2″ off ground), no holding on, while you are brushing your teeth. One foot – top teeth, other foot – bottom teeth. If you are brushing for the recommended 2 minutes, after 1-2 weeks you should notice a huge improvement. It’s best to do balance exercises in bare feet.
The most benefit you will get from starting any nutrition or exercise program is when you start… so like Nike says, Just Do It.