A Feast for Fitness

healthy-food-1348430_1920After the Thanksgiving holidays, it seems that I always hear the same thing every year the day after the big feast (either on the radio or television news) which is advice on how you can burn off the massive amount of calories that you consumed. The bottom line is if exercise or physical activity is a part of your regular or daily routine, there’s no need to even be concerned about gaining an excessive amount of calories. In my opinion there’s nothing wrong with eating a lot of food if you have your meals balanced out. Eating a well-balanced meal along with physical activity and getting an adequate amount of sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours) are the essentials in properly taking care of your body.

I could go on and talk about everything that I ate for the Thanksgiving holiday and the healthy fringe benefits I received from each type of food that I consumed such as fish which contains omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy heart or asparagus which is loaded with antioxidants along with helping to fight cancer and of course turkey which is high in protein that leads to achieving lean muscle mass. But that’s not what this article is about this time. The point I’m trying to make is that I can consume a massive amount of food without having to worry about the calories I took in because I’m able to keep my metabolic rate up by exercising daily and you can achieve the same results I do if you happen to be one who always worries about their weight after eating a heavy meal.

Something that you should always keep in mind is that exercising helps to increase your body’s metabolism. Studies have shown that working out (especially an intense workout) will speed up and increase your metabolic rate to the point where the calories in your body will burn throughout the day after about 20 to 30 minutes of engaging in physical activity. So if your body is constantly involved in a routine where you’re exercising daily or every other day, your metabolism will never slow down which will avoid your caloric rate to rise and lead to unnecessary weight gain.

Remember, consuming a massive amount of food (not to be associated with gluttony) is not a sin for anybody or anyone who happens to be conscious about their weight. Anyone who is physically active never has to worry about anything like that. If you eat right and exercise regularly, you’ll look good and you’ll always feel great.