Thank you to Nate Vandervest, UWGB Assistant Cross County Coach and UWGB alumni, as well as Jolene Sell, Chartwells Registered Dietitian and UWGB alumni, for presenting a very interesting and helpful Couch to 5K lunch ‘n learn on on March 6th!
Nate shared his running experiences, the best way to train, and helpful tips to prevent injuries and burnout. Did you know that just 20% of your workout plan should be considered high intensity to be the most effective? Also, don’t try to ‘catch up’ if you missed training one day – just continue with your plan. The rest days from training are very important for your body’s recovery and improvement, and skipping your rest days can actually hinder your progress and increase the chance of injuries.
Jolene discussed healthy foods to eat pre- and post-workout, as well as the importance of when you eat! For example, eating greek yogurt and fruit about 1-2 hours before a workout provides carbohydrates as well as protein which are important for a productive workout. Looking to grab a quick snack 15-30 minutes before a workout? Pick something small and easily digestible such as an energy bar. What about working out in the morning before breakfast? Jolene recommends eating or drinking something first, so your body has the fuel you need for the workout. Also, don’t wait over an hour post-workout to eat something – your body needs some nourishment about 30 minutes to an hour after. Not real hungry? Drink a healthy smoothie – beverages can provide the same benefits.
About 16 employees attended this helpful Lunch ‘n Learn, and 12 people signed up for the UWGB Employee Run/Walk Team!