Your body has a different physiological response to an apple than it does to a slice of pizza, and when we exercise, the complexity of our systems is amplified. Although some basics about nutrition and sports may seem obvious, the conversation about diet and exercise often feels like an endless staircase – it just goes on and on with no clear conclusion. Happily, while there are 10,000 subjective arguments that we’ve all read about wellness and exercise, your body has function and physiology that work together, and this class is driven by science you can understand, and strategies you can implement.
We will address the complex workings of the body during exercise, first taking a zoomed-in look at the chemical reactions involved within the human body during physical excursion, and then zooming out to larger landscape of optimizing performance and recovery through dietary actions. We will explore the physiology around energy expenditure and specific needs around performance, progressively taking a broad picture perspective of how to optimize physiologic pathways like inflammation, oxygen utilization, and metabolism to increase performance. We will do simple activities and exercises in class to help you better understand how to use the tools and techniques in your fitness regimen.
If your New Year’s resolution is to increase fitness, get more exercise or lose weight, then this class gives you concrete tools and knowledge to increase your efficiency and enhance performance. Students will take home pathway diagrams, a list of resources, and recipes for performance foods.