Yesterday in lab, we did re-evaluations to reflect on how far we’ve come since the first day of lab. When I did the mile run the first time around, I felt like death afterwards. For days, my legs were sore and my abs hurt every time I laughed. This time, I completed the mile much easier, and I didn’t even have to stop to take a walk break. The first time around doing the dead-lift and bench-press was extremely tough, but yesterday I was able to complete the workouts much easier. I still plan to work on my flexibility because I’m not where I want to be with that yet. This was a good exercise because I was able to see how far I’ve come with my muscular strength and cardiorespiratory endurance.
Today in lab we talked about Sports Nutrition and the differences in the fuel amounts the body needs when it comes to engaging in sports or just being a healthy individual. We learned that unsaturated fats are the healthy fats like oils. Saturated fats are the bad fats that increase LDL, the bad cholesterol, and decrease HDL, the good one. Transfats are unsaturated fats that have been chemically induced to have the characteristics of saturated fats.
We also learned about carb-loading methods that will best fit the kind of exercise you are going to engage in. The thing I found most interesting is that people should have 30% of their caloric intake from fats, and it’s safe to assume that a lot of people consume a lot more than 30%. I can’t speak for myself because I don’t pay attention to what I eat (which is bad) but knowing that information makes me want to pay more attention to what I put in my body.