Add it Up – when it comes to calories and exercise

Did you know when it comes to diet and exercise, all you have to do it add it up?  When it comes to your eating habits, you may naturally feel you should eat less for a day or two (or maybe the rest of the week) if you go on a binge at a party, or go nuts on a cruise where it’s all you can eat all day long.  And that’s the right mind set to be in.  If you want to maintain your body weight or maybe trim a couple of pounds, don’t stress out about over eating for one or two days.  It’s the average the counts over the course of a week.  You can simply cut out some calories before or after a bad food fiasco.  As long as your calories for the week are in line with your goals.   If you’re not sure how many calories you need a day, go to my blog archives and read, “How many calories can you eat a day for free?”  So don’t stress out when you’re on vacation or have a couple of bad eating days, as long as you promise yourself to get back on track when you’re back on home turf. 

The same thing goes for exercise.  Yes, you should workout for about an hour a day most days of the week.  If you don’t have an hour, then up the intensity.  Those of you who Spin with me know that a hard 45 minute Spinning (indoor cycling) class with intervals is as good as, or better, than a one hour steady-state, low to moderate intensity jog or workout on most cardio machines.  Even if you have very limited amounts of time, a few mini workouts during the day (10 or 20 minutes each) are way better than none.  Here’s a great article from a resource I really like for general fitness and nutrition tips.  If you’ve never been to the Sparkpeople.com, I recommend it to all my students and clients. 

Jill Brown
Jill Brown
Hi, I'm Jill I am a Los Angeles based Fitness + Nutrition Coach. With 20+ years of experience in teaching, training and continuing my education, I have transformed thousands of lives through fitness and healthy lifestyle changes.