Fueling up for Fitness
Feeling good from the inside out
When it comes to making lifestyle changes, many of us add fitness into our routine, but how many of us stop to think about the fuel that our bodies will require to adapt to these changes? We sat down with Marlo Brausse, owner of Barre Body Studio, with locations in Calgary and Edmonton, to get her perspective on fueling up for fitness activities.
As a mother of three, a wife and a small business owner, Marlo knows how difficult it can be to manage a busy schedule while living a healthy lifestyle. She also knows the secret to staying motivated throughout her busy schedule.
“My children, my mental state and my love of life all motivate me to live a healthy lifestyle,” explains Marlo. “I love packing my kids lunches and walking them to school before heading off to my business. “
Although she is a naturally a positive person, she feels her best when she eats well-balanced meals, exercises and gets adequate sleep. “When you fuel your body with healthy food, you feel good from the inside-out.”
One of the key takeaways Marlo brings to our conversation is how more exercise does not necessarily mean that you need to eat more food – but instead, the right foods. “Eating the right foods pre- and post-workout, in addition to well-balance meals throughout the day, will aid in muscle repair, recovery and satiate hunger.”
Some of Marlo’s favourite post-workout snacks are half of a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, smoothies/shakes or yogurt and almonds. “Peanut butter sandwiches are an easy and fulfilling snack to pack, especially when you are prepping for your day at 7 a.m. and need it to last until an after-work sweat session.”
She ends by emphasizing how important it is to eat well-balanced meals, consisting of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables in order to properly benefit from an active and fit lifestyle. “When you fuel your body with healthy whole grains and fresh food, you reap the benefits mentally and physically each and every day. Who doesn’t want to feel good from the inside-out?”
Barre is a fun way to tone and define muscles. Try one of Marlo’s classes at Barre Body Studio in Calgary and Edmonton!