February 14, 2019

National Nutrition Month is February every year, and we're here to help you make the most of this opportunity to learn and maximize participation.

For those who don't know, National Nutrition Month is a campaign that aims to inform people about the importance of nutrition. It's a great campaign that makes a really big difference, especially for the everyday athlete who makes health and fitness a priority, but may not obsess over it the way trainers and nutritionists do.

Making the right, informed food choices while exercising can be beneficial, helping you maximize results and reach your fitness goals even faster.

The campaign started in 1972, becoming an awareness month in 1980 after the support and interest was so immense. Obviously, we know that healthy eating is important regardless of our age and gender. Not following the ideal diet for your body, age, and fitness goals can have devastating effects on your health, and the environment.

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The Nutrition Basics

The American Heart Association tells us a healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease, among other things.

Simple things like not eating more calories than you'll burn in a day. Exercising daily and having a variety of nutritious food from all of the food groups are a priority.

This includes:

  • Fruits and vegetables - and lots of them
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat dairy products or the vegan alternatives
  • Skinless poultry and fish
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Non-tropical vegetable oils

Limiting your fat, trans fat, red meat, and sugary beverages are something that is endlessly on the list of reminders for healthy nutrition, and yet these are some of the most ignored dietary standards. By integrating these little changes in your diet will really help with the health of your heart.

If fresh food isn’t always possible for you, at least implement a variety of frozen, canned, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Choose fiber-rich whole grains, and avoid foods that have a lot of unhealthy fats or sugars. These little changes could be the stepping stone that you need to a nutritionally rich life.

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Start a Nutrition Challenge

We love the idea of starting a month-long nutrition challenge to dedicate yourself fully to National Nutrition Month. Whether 7-days or 30-days, a nutrition challenge can be a great way to get yourself on track and experience the difference in your energy and fitness goals. We like this clean eating challenge created byActive. It gives an in-depth guide to a nutrition challenge. Add a tiny bit of competition into your diet to kickstart you and your friends into permanent changes. Invite friends, get an accountability buddy, and post your results online, so you stay true to your goals.

Whatever ways you decide to participate in National Nutrition Month, you’ll be glad you did. There’s always new information and better ways to nourish your body, as we discover the many opportunities we have to make ourselves better, every day.