Hi everyone. Happy Tuesday! I’m writing to you from Oklahoma City for a work trip. I spent a few weeks out of the year here, and it’s been going pretty well so far. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a post up this week, I’m feeling a lack of creativity on the blog side. I think it has to do with my overuse injury and lack of physical activity. Since I can’t exercise as much, I’m not feeling as creative in fitness posts. But I had some downtime yesterday, and thought I would share my pre-written post! Today I wanted to chat with you about ROAR.
The full title of the book is ROAR– how to match your food and fitness to your female physiology for optimum performance, great health, and a strong, lean body for life. It was such a great book for female athletes. I’ve read a lot of health and athletic focused books over the years, and I learned a lot from this one. It was a quick read because a) I was on vacation and it rained a couple of the days 2) I was fascinated by the information.
One of the main topics is that, “Women are not small men and we should treat our bodies differently.”
A few things I learned
- For women there is a high hormone phase and low hormone phase in the month. Then the book talks about how these phases affect performance and what you can do to change that.
- It’s important to avoid really sugary hydration drinks when exercising. I knew this, but it’s always a good reminder. A few of my friends struggled with the potency of the Gatorade at Chicago Marathon, so its a good reminder to have your own hydration.
- Protein for women athletes, unrelated to the book but I’ve seen a lot of bloggers/social media influencers using collagen in their diets. My friend Caroline keeps recommending it to me too. I have tried vital proteins collagen protein in smoothies or tea. It is pretty good. I still have some plant based protein, so I haven’t made a switch, but I really like Vital Proteins.
- The book drives home the idea that women are not small men. I’m not a traditional feminist but this idea makes sense to me through my personal trainer education, nutrition courses, and general health knowledge. I might have “drank the koolaid” with this book- but I did really like it and I plan to use the recipes. I got the book from the library but I’m considering buying a hard copy or making copies of the library book for some pages.
Have you read the book before? Linking up with Amanda today