Happy Healthy Performance! Next week will be Week 12 of our new Team RLEI Reset Program to Live Amazing. And hopefully by now we are all eating lighter, drinking more water, breathing clearer, surrounding ourselves with less toxins, relieving our stress a little more, sleeping better, standing taller, and moving more without pain. Remember it’s any progress not perfection as the focus. Maybe you are ready to take your workouts to the next level and push yourself further though? Shaklee Sports Nutrition products work alone or in conjunction with other programs like the Life Plan or Shaklee 180 Turnaround Kit. They help you perform at your best before, during, and after your workouts. Some of the benefits include: -sustained energy -improved performance -staying alert -sharpened focus (Each Shaklee Energy chew contains a scientific blend of caffeine from natural green extract, plus L-tyrosine, L-theanine, B vitamins, and vitamin D.) -increased endurance -optimal hydration (Shaklee Performance is clinically proven to hydrate better than water and has more electrolytes than the leading hydration drink.) -rebuilding firm, lean muscle (Shaklee Physique has a unique blend of protein and carbohydrate sources, clinically proven to naturally activate and enhance the body’s recovery process after exercise.) Knowing when and what to eat can make a difference in your workouts too. Understanding the distinct connections between eating and exercise will help: -If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to finish breakfast at least 1 hour before your workout. Most of the energy you got from dinner the previous night is used up by morning, and your blood sugar might be low. If you don’t eat, you might feel sluggish or lightheaded when you exercise. If you plan to exercise within 1 hour after breakfast, eat a light breakfast like fruit or drink something to raise your blood sugar, such as a sports drink. Emphasize carbohydrates for maximum energy. -Be careful not to overdo it when it comes to how much you eat before exercise. The general guideline is large meals at least 3 to 4 hours before exercising, small meals 2 to 3 hours before exercising, and small snacks an hour to 30 minutes before exercising. Eating too much before you exercise can leave you feeling sluggish. But eating too little might not give you the energy to keep you feeling strong throughout your workout. -Most people can eat small snacks right before and during exercise. The key is how you feel. Do what works best for you. Snacks eaten soon before exercise probably won’t give you added energy, but they can help keep up your blood sugar and prevent distracting hunger pangs. A healthy snack is especially important if you plan a workout several hours after a meal. -To help your muscles recover and to replace their glycogen stores, eat a meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates within 2 hours of your exercise session if possible. -Don’t forget to drink fluids. You need adequate fluids before, during and after exercise to help prevent dehydration. To stay well-hydrated for exercise, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that you drink roughly 2 to 3 cups of water during the 2 to 3 hours before your workout, about 1/2 to 1 cup of water every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout (adjust amounts related to your body size and the weather), and roughly 2 to 3 cups of water after your workout for every pound of weight you lose during the workout. Water is generally the best way to replace lost fluids. But if you’re exercising for more than 60 minutes, use a sports drink. Have you tried the Shaklee 180 Fitness Program? Shaklee Pure Performance Team members (and Olympic athletes) created a variety of step-by-step workouts, offering 3 different intensity levels that can be personalized to focus on specific muscle groups and work with existing fitness activities. Try the low intensity with Debbie McCormick, curler and 4x games competitor, the medium intensity with Troy Dumais, diver and bronze medalist, and the high intensity with Alyson Dudek, speedskater and bronze medalist. Learn more about all the athletes at http://athletes.shaklee.com/.