- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Feeding the Race Horse
I live in a beautiful rural valley that is known for its grapevines and horse ranches. There is a clinic here that is renowned for being one of the best Thoroughbred horse clinics in the world. People send their million dollar race horses here to be treated and trained. When a race horse is being cared for here, it is fed only the highest quality and best nutrition that is available.
Anyone who is caring for these amazing animals would never think of feeding it junk food, or any food that is not going to be of benefit to it. They know that if this horse is going to be at its best, and perform the way that it should, it must have quality nutrition to get the job done. Along with daily exercise, these horses get into the best shape and health that they can be.
We are all thoroughbred race horses when we are born, but so many of us do not care for ourselves as if we were. We feed ourselves processed food, junk food, white sugar, white flour, and chemical laden foods, on a regular bases. Some of us do not get the connection of "what we are is what we eat". If you are not eating healthy natures food, you are not going to be the best you can be.
Think about it....if you had a race horse and fed it junk food, do you think it would win the race? Of course not, how could it without the proper nutrition to perform at its peak. Even with human athletes that are at the top of their sport, nutrition is paramount for them to perform at their best.
It only makes sense if you think about it. Proper nutrition, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, enzymes, and more are how our bodies rejuvenate and thrive. Processed and junk foods have little to no nutrition to assist our bodies in these vital functions. If you do not have the important nutrients, you will not be as healthy as you could be with a diet that is rich in them.
So remember that you are a race horse, and you should treat yourself as one and eat accordingly. If you want to be at your best, eat a diet that is full of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins. You will feel better, think better, and look better for it.....and that's a promise!