Should nutrition & exercise coexist on your fitness journey?

Short answer: they absolutely should! We as trainers at On Trak Fitness stress the importance of how + why these two aspects are imperative when it comes to reaching any physical fitness goal you have, whether that be to build muscle, lose weight, or just living on overall healthier lifestyle.

Oftentimes nutrition is overlooked and working out is seen as the main priority. However, nutrition is arguably the most important element when it comes to reaching that physique goal you've always wanted! Can you guess why?

Well, let's break it down.

It's a no brainer that the food we eat helps our body to function properly, but what you might not know is how it is intertwined + serves as the main driving force in one's weight gain or weight loss progression!

Take for example Frank, a hypothetical person who I just made up on a whim. Frank's main goal is to lose weight and while he thinks he is doing everything right in the gym, he lacks the nutrition education he needs to see progress. Working out 6 days a week and doing endless cardio should do the trick shouldn't it? Well, unfortunately for Frank it's not enough. His nutrition is the one key component he's been missing. Without even realizing it he has been over consuming when it comes to his calories and for that reason his weight just won't seem to fall off. Not only that, but he doesn't prioritize whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in his diet. (Eating more calories than you burn throughout the day = no weight loss)

Now, on the flip side let's consider Susie. Susie is trying to put on muscle and has been working out consistently in the gym for months, however like Frank she has yet to see results. She knows that working out and incorporating progressive overload into her lifts is a major key, but what she doesn't take into consideration is her nutrition. Susie eats healthy and makes sure to get all the food groups, yet is eating far too little to see any muscle growth. (Eating less calories than you burn = weight loss and harder time putting on muscle)

When working towards your goals these examples show the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. If you're trying to lose weight and solely focus on working out and not what you fuel your body with you aren't going to see results. On the flip side, if you focus on your nutrition but don't focus on weight training + applying progressive overload then you also aren't going to see results.

Needless to say, exercise and nutrition are foundational pieces to make your goals obtainable and they should definitely coexist in your daily routine.