The Pros and Cons of Meal Prepping: Will it Work for You?

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The Pros and Cons of Meal Prepping: Will it Work for You?

If you want to achieve the best health and wellness results, you’ll need more than just a workout routine and/or physiotherapy treatments. A strong body must be fueled by a healthy diet, or else you diminish your ability to perform at your optimum physical levels.

Admittedly, this can be a difficult task to achieve. Juggling a healthy diet on top of school, work, hobbies, personal training, physiotherapy, or whatever else your daily life looks like, can certainly prove to be challenging. That’s where meal prepping comes in. By planning out your meals at the beginning of the week, you’ll have one less thing to worry about in your busy life.

Many professional athletes and physiotherapists recommend meal prepping for staying on top of your nutrition – and making it more difficult to have “cheat” days! However, meal prepping isn’t always for everyone – below we’ll discuss both the pros and cons of meal prepping:

How do I know if meal prepping is for me?

The visual image of meal prepping usually includes plastic tupperware containers lined up in neat rows, containing a portion of veggies, carbs, and protein – this is what our physiotherapists consider to be a healthy and balanced meal option throughout the day.

Most people who partake in meal prepping prepare their meals on Sunday, just before the work or school week begins. This ensures that they will not have to spend precious time planning meals throughout the week. It is important to make sure that you allow yourself 3-4 hours to shop, cook, and pack up your meals, in order to make sure you have enough time to get everything together. Our physiotherapists also recommend preparing a meal plan for the month if you have the time and energy to do so, in order to avoid repeating meals every week and staying organized in your prepping.

6 reasons to love meal prepping:

  1. Most of your meals will be prepared at the beginning of the week! This will allow you with ample time to catch up on exercise, physiotherapy, personal hobbies, or even just relaxing!
  2. You’ll know that each of your meals will be healthy, nutritious, and easy – putting a whole new twist on the term “fast food!”
  3. You won’t have to waste time figuring out what you want to have for lunch and/or dinner. This may also decrease the need for mindless snacking as you decide what you want your meal to be!
  4. Doing all your cooking on one day can be more cost-effective than cooking 10 or more meals each week. You may even get more discounts for buying in bulk!
  5. You’ll probably only have to hit the grocery store once or twice a week at most. This leaves plenty of time for other activities, such as spending time with friends, hitting the gym, or other social engagements.
  6. It’s much easier to meet your nutrition goals when you prepare ahead of time. Consulting with a physiotherapist can also help you determine exactly what portions of each food group you should have, in order to achieve the best physical results.

6 reasons to hate meal prepping:

  1. A good portion of your weekend will be dedicated to shopping and cooking.
  2. You may become tired of the same dishes if you don’t change them up.
  3. If you decide you don’t want something that you’ve already prepped, you’ll have to take more time out of your day to cook.
  4. Sometimes you’ll have to sacrifice creativity (and, at times, overall tastiness) in the kitchen in order to meet your nutritional needs.
  5. If you don’t have a lot of experience cooking, it can be difficult to create meals that are both balanced and fun to eat.
  6. Meal prepping takes a lot of time, patience, and organization! It may take a bit before you notice a difference in saving time and avoiding unnecessary food waste.

Create a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle:

Whether you decide to meal prep or not, a balanced diet is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. When you eat healthy meals alongside working our regularly and coming in for physiotherapy sessions when needed, you can ensure that your body is operating at peak performance.

If you are looking to increase your physical performance by maintaining a nutritious diet, contact NRG Athlete Therapy Fitness today. Our dedicated physiotherapists will help you create a nutrition plan for fueling your body and staying in top shape.

How to Become Happier and Healthier by Changing Your Morning Routine

Any physiotherapist you see will stress the importance of maintaining a healthy routine. Physiotherapists are experts in helping patients with their mobility and function, but they can also play an integral role in helping implement healthy lifestyle choices – including a beneficial morning routine.

If you are interested in finding out more regarding how you can make the most out of your mornings, contact NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today to schedule a consultation. These simple techniques for healthy and productive mornings may also help in giving you more energy throughout the day and promoting overall wellness:

Learn to become a morning person

It can admittedly be difficult to train your body to get up early every morning without feeling exhausted. We’ve all made the same excuse when having to wake up earlier than usual: “But I’m not a morning person!” The truth is, anyone can become an early riser if they want to.

One way to make waking up early a bit easier is to focus on your goals. When you wake up earlier, you have more time in the day to be productive and work on said goals. If you are a physiotherapy patient, this concept may be easier for you to implement than others – you already have a physiotherapist to remind you of the importance of reaching your goals!

However, anyone can implement an earlier start to the day into their morning routine. When your alarm rings and you feel like pressing that snooze button, just remind yourself of your daily goals and why you are getting up earlier – to make progress.

A simple daily reminder that your goal for the day – whatever it may be – can give you the extra shot of energy you need to get out of bed. After a while, you’ll find that waking up early becomes a simple part of your morning routine!

Eat the right foods at the start of the day

Of course, it is always important to eat a nutritious breakfast; however, it becomes even more important when you are participating in physiotherapy treatments. Your physiotherapist can recommend healthy options for beginning the day that will limit pain and give you the energy you need to power through your personal and physical goals.

  • More protein. If you are not currently adding protein to your breakfast, it may be a wise decision to start doing so. Even if you aren’t a fan of traditional breakfast proteins (such as turkey sausage or bacon), you can begin your day with alternative proteins, such as eggs, tofu, chicken, or even steak.
  • Fewer carbs. Not all carbs are bad – but it is important to avoid the ones that are. Some carbs can weigh you down and make it more difficult to participate in physical activity. Natural carbs, such as those that come from fruit, are completely fine – it’s the processed food you’ll want to avoid. For example, if you are making some morning toast, opt for whole grain bread instead of white bread. This will help you feel more energized throughout the day.

Maintaining healthy dietary habits is important to achieve the best benefits in both your physiotherapy sessions and your daily life. Eating right in the morning helps you to stay on track for the entire day! You may even find that our healthy morning routine will extend to a healthy lunchtime and dinner routine too.

Drink water!

Many people simply don’t practice recommended hydration methods. If you are exercising daily or participating in physiotherapy treatments, it is especially important to make sure you stay hydrated, as you’ll be removing water from your body by sweating. It is important to make sure you drink at least a couple full glasses of water at the start of your morning – and you can have them alongside your nutritional breakfast!

This is a small addition to your morning routine but it can prove extremely beneficial in helping you wake up and feel ready to face the day. It is also a good idea to carry around a water bottle throughout the day that you can continuously fill up as needed, especially when you are at physiotherapy sessions or exercising on your own. Never skip out on hydration if you want to feel your best!

Reach out for help with a physiotherapist

The small changes noted above can help you feel happier, healthier, and more energized throughout the day. For more help on maintaining a healthy routine, contact NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today. Our physiotherapists can provide you with tips and tricks for promoting wellness and living a pain-free life!

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How to be Healthier, Stronger, and More Active

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you know that being healthier, stronger and more active often seems unattainable. Fortunately, the key to a more active lifestyle is simpler than you think. Call NRG Athletes Therapy Fitness today to find out how physical therapy can help you achieve levels of health and fitness you have only dreamed about.

A Healthy Lifestyle is Not an Accident

The keys to a healthy lifestyle are not a secret, but they do take work. Eating a healthy diet is something everyone can do regardless of their activity level. But physical fitness sometimes seems unattainable for people with chronic pain. Some try to mask their symptoms with anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications. Others simply give up on the idea that they will ever be active again. Fortunately, there is a third option. With the help of a physiotherapist, it is possible to reclaim your pain-free, healthy lifestyle.

How Physiotherapy Helps

Whether you are suffering from lingering pain after surgery or an injury or your joints aren’t what they use to be, the purpose of physiotherapy is the same. A physiotherapist is a movement specialist. Highly trained to diagnose problems with walking, running, bending, stretching, moving, jumping or every other physical activity, these medical professionals can pinpoint areas of improvement and create customized physiotherapy treatment plans that address each patient’s unique needs. Through in-office sessions and at-home exercises, patients build endurance, improve their balance, strengthen muscles and joints, and experience pain relief without unwanted side effects.

What to expect from your first visit

Your body’s needs are unique. Instead of relying on a cookie-cutter approach to wellness, a physiotherapist takes time to evaluate each individual’s pain level, movement abilities, balance requirements and lifestyle wish list. You may be asked to perform basic movements such as sitting down, standing up, walking, lifting or other motions. Once he or she has a clear picture of what you need, your physiotherapist will begin constructing a treatment plan to help relieve your pain and get you back on your feet.

Physiotherapy in a nutshell

Typically, physiotherapy involves three phases – pain relief, strengthening and functional integration. A lot of people are hesitant to start physiotherapy because they are afraid it will hurt. In reality, one of the main goals of physiotherapy is to relieve your pain while helping you get stronger in the process. Ice, heat, ultrasound therapy, stretching and bracing are all tools in a physiotherapist’s belt to help you feel better.

Second, an active lifestyle depends on movement. That is why physiotherapy targets specific movements that increase flexibility, balance, strength and mobility. These exercises may be done in the office of a physiotherapist, or many can be done on your own at home.

Finally, being healthy is a lifestyle, not a single event. The end result of physiotherapy is living the life you want, free from painful limitations. That can only happen when you apply the concepts you learn in therapy to the outside world. Your physiotherapist will help you do just that.

In the end, an active lifestyle is possible, even if you struggle with chronic pain. Stop waiting around to get better and take your fitness into your own hands. Contact NRG Athletes Physiotherapy Winnipeg, CA and find out why physical therapy is the key to your healthy lifestyle.

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