Sure, you spend a lot of energy training for your sport, but what do you do when you are not training? Wearing a pedometer to get an idea of how physically active you are during your non training time may benefit your weight-loss program. I have found in working with athletes that many are sedentary when not training. Quite a few drive everywhere, circle the parking lot to get the closest spot, and spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or on the couch. If you exert little physical effort except during training, a pedometer may help you learn to be more physically active. Your goal? First measure what you do now and then increase the value by 10 to 15 percent each week until you approach 10,000 steps

In addition to helping you control your weight, increasing your movement, particularly through walking, may also assist with active recovery because it increases blood flow to your hard-worked muscles. This helps provide a fresh supply of oxygen and other nutrients and removes lingering postexercise metabolites. As an athlete, however, keep in mind that you should increase your daily steps by walking more in your daily activities, including to and from practice,and not by engaging in racewalking. I don’t want a call from your coach!

Write It Down

Research shows that monitoring the type of food you eat plays an important role in successful weight loss and maintenance. Writing down all the drinks and food you consume in a day, at least for a while, helps make you aware of the food you consume and why you consume it. Many weight-conscious people also feel that keeping food records keeps them accountable and helps them avoid binge foods because they don’t want to have to write it down. As an athlete, writing it down also allows you to check the adequacy of your carbohydrate and protein intake.

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