Nutrition and Fitness for Marching Band

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Nutrition and Fitness for Marching Band Part One December 12, 2008 By Dynamic Marching Whether you are a Division I drum corps member wanting to get into tip-top shape for those difficult spring practices or a weekend DCA member looking to be in better shape for the summer, this article will give you a quick introduction into nutrition and point out some websites for you to check out if you want to learn more. I LOVE Chipotle… and Q Doba… and Moe’s Southwestern Grill… and our local Mexican restaurant, Cancun. The first Chipotle in the United States was in Denver, Colorado and every time I go out to work with Pomona High School’s m arching band the first place we go for lunch is Chipotle! Nothing beats a good burrito with beans, rice, chicken, cheese, salsa, and sour cream. With chips… yah - LOTS of fresh tortilla chips. And a soda, of course! I know that it is not good for me, but my mouth is watering just thinking about it. If you are like me, there are certain foods that you just have to have every once and a while. The difference between good nutrition and poor nutrition is in how often you make the choice to eat those things that you crave and those things that you know are good for you. In addition, good nutrition involves learning more about what you actually eat and what you should be eating. In addition to teaching marching & movement, I also teach high school Human Anatomy & Physiology. (My degree from Notre Dame is in Biological Sciences). One of the units I teach is on nutrition and we go through lots of details regarding what you put in your body and what your body requires. In order to perform and compete in a drum & bugle corps you must take steps to eat right and take care of your body both in-season and right now in the off-season. Whether you are a Division I drum corps member wanting to get into tip-top shape for those difficult spring practices or a weekend DCA member looking to be in better shape for the summer, this article will give you a quick introduction into nutrition and point out some websites for you to check out if you want to learn more. Calories Based on a simple math formula using height, weight, and activity- called the Harris-Benedict Formula (from the Cornell University website,) I should be consuming about 2,250 Calories a day to maintain normal everyday body functions. In other words, if I were to consume exactly that amount of Calories each day my body would be able to use most, if not all, of those Calories. Consuming more Calories than that would make my body store some of that energy for later (most-likely as fat). Consuming less than that amount, or increasing my exercise for that day would put my body at a Calorie deficit and I would be able to use some of the stored energy that I already have. We all know that the body stores this energy in fat tissue (love handles, buttocks, etc.). The average burrito that I get at a semi-fast food joint will cost me anywhere from 900 to 1,600 of those Calories in one big chunk. (That is not even counting the chips and soda!) Obviously, if this is a once-in-a-while indulgence then I will be ok, but eating meals
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