Tips from Coach Terra CastroTerra Castro offered me tons of great advice to help me get back into my fitness game. I picked Terra's brain to get some health and fitness tips I thought might help my readers.
Gluten Free Betsy: What advice do you have for someone who is just getting back into fitness, has a lot of weight to lose, or has trouble with joint pain, etc.?
Terra Castro: Set a realistic GOAL; define what motivates and inspires you. POST THAT GOAL and make an inspiration board that has key words, cool pictures, etc. that you can put somewhere you will see daily to remind you of what you are working for. BREAK THE GOAL INTO SMALL PIECES - FOCUS ON PROCESS not end result and you will get there. Tackle one day at a time.
GFB: I know we chatted about this in my sessions, but what foods do you recommend for pre and post workout fuel? (gluten free, of course)
TC: An hour before a workout I love peanut butter on a gluten free bagel. I'll have Clif Shot BLOKS if it's right before a workout. Post workout, a LUNA protein bar or smoothie with protein in it.
GFB: What tips or advice to you have for staying active in the fall/winter when all we want to do is stay in and hit up our Netflix queue?
TC: Join a gym with fun classes, group up with friends and hit up a Zumba class or spin class. Get out of your comfort zone and have fun! It will help erase the weary snow blues.
GFB: You told me you don't do gluten, dairy, and a bunch of other allergens, do you want to share your story?
TC: I found out I was allergic to gluten, dairy, eggs, etc. when I was away at ITU Triathlon World Championship 2000 in Perth Australia. I was getting really sick on that trip from the hotel food and had a poor race. Something wasn't right in my gut. I went to get blood work and the doctor found my allergies. Six weeks after eliminating those foods, I was back to feeling rested, strong and focused. The allergens affect my fatigue levels and cause extreme bloating and weight gain. My immune system had to rebuild, but I am grateful to have found out early in my career what was going on. It is common in endurance racing due to the stress we put on our gut/body.
GFB: What are some good ways to stay motivated?
TC: GOALS! Have accountability partners or hire a coach to help you lay out a plan. Sign up for a race so it gets you out the door to run when you don't feel up to it.
GFB: What fitness tools are essential in your life? (This could be anything from a website, heart rate monitor, shoe, app, etc.)
TC: I use trainingpeaks.com to coach my athletes or Google docs, my Garmin Forerunner 220 in purple for my training, Saucony Kinvara 5 and Saucony A6.
Such great advice, eh? The advantage of setting a fitness goal is that is seriously works. If I didn't commit to the race she helped me train for, I wouldn't have done the work that got me in slightly better shape. I still have a long way to go, so it looks like I need to set another goal. To keep these legs runnin', I decided to get totally Chicago and sign up for the 2014 Ditka Dash. Let's do this!
Have a question for Terra that I didn't ask? Hit her up on Twitter @terracastro
Have you set a fall fitness goal? Share it below and let's motivate each other!