This off-season, we will be working with Aimee Leduc on weekly fitness & healthy living tips to share with our community. You can find her most recent blog post here, along with links to all previous posts. You can follow Aimee on social media: Instagram @AIMEEL_3 and her fitness account @aimeel_fit
WHO AM I?
My name is Aimee I’m 26 and I’ve been playing softball for about 18 years! I’ve primarily been a pitcher that whole time but I also play the outfield (Left is my favourite!) and recently I’ve started playing a little bit of first base. I’ve played a couple of other sports but my heart always brings me back to softball!
A little of my softball history: I started playing ball in Princeton, Ont. around 7 years old (2002), where I played in the ORSA until 2008 when I tried out for the Brantford Bobcats Novice girls' team and made it. I played for the Bobcats, in the PWSA, for most of my career, until 2015. Together we won several gold, silver and bronze Provincial championships. Personally in 2012, I won Provincial MVP and in 2013 I won Provincial Top Pitcher. I also went to school at Pensacola State College from 2012-2014 on a softball scholarship, when I returned from there, I attended Mohawk College and played for them from 2015-2018. I am currently attending Western University and playing for the Mustangs. Between 2015 and 2019 I played for various summer teams. At Mohawk, I received my diploma in Health, Wellness and Fitness and I spent a number of years doing personal training and group fitness!
NOVEMBER 16, 2020 - EATING RIGHT
This week I want to talk about fueling your body, because as athletes, this is VERY important! If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to message me, either on my personal or fitness Instagram account! I myself have recently transitioned to a vegan/ whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet, so most of what I’ll be talking about is eating your veggies, but I know this diet isn’t possible for a lot of people. Eating right is so important especially as athletes! It’s important to eat as many veggies as you can and drink enough water, and those 2 things are what I’m going to focus on today.
A good rule of thumb for knowing how much water to drink in a day is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, I weigh 145 lbs, so I’m going to divide 145 by 2, which gives me 72.5; so, I should try to drink around 73oz of water in a day. I personally am kind of bad at remembering to drink my water, so, if you’re like me, you can download an app that sends you reminders to drink water (I use “Drink Water Reminder” but there are lots out there), or you can get a bottle and write different times on it to make sure you drink all your water throughout the day!
As for eating your veggies! According to Stats Canada, in 2017, 28.6% of Canadians aged 12 and older (roughly 8.3 million people) reported that they had consumed fruits and vegetables five or more times per day. That’s less than 30%!! Do you eat veggies at least 5 times a day? If not, you should start taking baby steps to get there! I prefer a lot of my veggies raw dipped in some hummus, it’s my go to. After raw, my other favourite way to eat veggies is lightly roasted with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper and sometimes a little bit of garlic; SPICES are your best friend!
A lot of people don’t like eating vegetables because of the way they’re prepared. If this sounds like you, I suggest looking up some YouTube videos to get ideas on how to cook veggies, so they taste delicious!
Some ways to start incorporating more vegetables in your days is to start meal planning and prepping, or at least have your veggies prepped and ready to go so you just have to open the fridge and grab them for an easy snack. if you struggle with eating veggies, or getting full before you finish eating them, you could start eating all your veggies on your plate before eating anything else. The more veggies you start eating and the more water you start drinking, the better you’ll start feeling and then the snowball of healthy eating will start rolling!
Again, any questions or comments about this, please feel free to reach out to me via Instagram!
Until Next Time -- Stay Healthy