12 Mar “Nutrition is a Science and Your Body is a Science Experiment”
Welcome back! We’re continuing our, “Nutrition is a Science and Your Body is a Science Experiment” series where we are conducting weekly experiments on the subject you know best…yourself! If this sounds crazy to you, then you might have missed our post last week, so go back and check it out and hopefully it will make a lot more sense. If you’re tracking with us, how did your Week 1 experiment go?! Share with your coach or email us because we would love to hear about your experience documenting your food for the week.
Our Lab Report for Week 2 is below, but just like last week, we encourage you to make this experiment personal by completing the report for yourself.
Week 2 Lab Report
Title of Experiment
If I incorporated intentional movement or workouts daily…
Explore and discover the effects that one week of daily movement would have on my health and awareness of my fitness habits.
Becoming intentional about daily movement would provide me with more energy throughout the day, help me sleep better, and improve stiff and achy joints and bones.
Materials and Method
Incorporating body weight workouts, bootcamp, walks/jogs/hikes, and the limited equipment I have at home I will aim for 30-60 minutes of physical activity daily.
Data and Observations
- Scheduling my daily movement is necessary for me to dedicate time for physical activity. Otherwise, I prioritize other things or others over my workout.
- I have more energy throughout the day if I engage in my daily movement first thing in the morning.
- When I plan to move after work, I need to have my gear prepped, packed, and ready to go to remove the barrier of having to get everything together when I’m already feeling kind of tired from the day.
- My muscle soreness and recovery is greatly reduced when I move every day instead of a couple of days per week.
- I enjoy different types of exercise depending on the time of day.
- If I don’t exercise too close to my bedtime, then I fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully.
You may have heard Sarah share this nugget of wisdom and it’s worth repeating, “Motion is lotion.” It’s catchy, but also based on truth because moving your body on a very regular basis CAN improve joint health and it turns out the “lotion” in the catch phrase actually references synovial fluid. Crazy – the human body is amazing! Learn more about the benefits of exercise for joint health.
Additionally, I found that exercising daily propelled me to make healthier food choices. There could be a few reasons for this, but I feel like enhanced mental clarity, more energy, and a motivation to stick with food choices that are nutritious for my body were results of my daily intentional movement.
By Victoria Emmitt RD