Eating for Exercise: Fuel Your Fitness Goals

January 6, 2021

With the beginning of a new year comes a plethora of resolutions to eat better and exercise more. But what will make this year different? How can you actually keep those resolutions? In this episode of the Taste of Harmons Podcast, Dietitians Sarah Kiel and Heather Lieber join our hosts Chef Lesli Sommerdorf and Brandon Young to discuss eating for exercise and how to fuel your body properly. 

At Harmons, our seven dietitians focus on healthy eating, healthy shopping choices, and—as in this particular podcast episode—talking about nutrition to get the most out of whatever you are trying to do with your day.

Whatever workout or exercise you choose, making the right choices for both pre- and post-workout fueling can make all the difference.

Dietitian Sarah points out that you don’t have to adopt a drastic workout routine. She suggests finding hobbies that are fun and provide exercise, whether it’s riding a bike, walking your dog, rock climbing, or whatever gets you moving. The key is to find something you enjoy that will make your exercise a sustainable habit.

Before a workout it’s best to eat easy-to-digest carbohydrates. Pre-workout is not the time to try something new. And do you need sports drinks or is plain water better? Is pickle juice really a good choice, and why would you drink chocolate milk?

For more tips and the answers to these pressing questions, and more, you’ll want to tune into the podcast, and gear up for a healthy, happy 2021.

Sports Nutrition Tips

Have you considered the humble potato for your sports fueling? Dietitian Sarah suggests adding this form of carbohydrates to your menu. You like a little flavor with your water? Dietitian Jonnell Masson has created a great recipe for creating your own sports drink. Worried about staying hydrated? Dietitian Heather offers a look at the different forms and what will work the best for you. She also explores the importance of salt and sweat. 

The best way to survive winter sports is to plan for snacks, and we have some great suggestions here, along with tips for staying hydrated even though it’s cold. And make sure you have plenty of packable snacks, a must for activities on the go. 

Energy Bombs and Bites

If you enjoyed this podcast, you’ll want to listen to our other episodes. You can find them here.

Sarah aims to make healthy living easy and accessible for Harmons customers. Providing individual and specialized nutritional services geared at achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Sarah’s goal is to help Harmons shoppers recognize that shopping for and cooking healthy food can actually be fun. Read more about Sarah here.

Heather’s interest in nutrition sparked from her passion for both delicious food and overall wellness. She completed her degree in Nutrition and Dietetics through Utah State University, and her dietetic internship in the St. George area. Read more about Heather here.

At Harmons, we are lucky to have incredibly talented artists at each store, and we’re sure you’ve seen their amazing chalk art as you wander throughout every location. We’re excited to be able to feature some of their work as the featured art on our podcast blog. This week’s art is by Ryann Meyers from our Mountain View location.