Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you shall like to share?
Ms. Josee Belanger: I have some personally-tailored mobility and activation stretches that I perform before every session.
I experience some tightness in some specific parts of my body, more so than others, and so I focus on releasing this tension before I get into a game or workout. This reduces my risk of getting injured and optimizes my range of motion.
Beyond mobility, I make sure to activate some muscles that need to be ready to go and this is a very important step in reducing the strain experienced by other muscles when they try to compensate for inactive muscles. It’s necessary to ensure that the body calls on the proper muscles when it’s the time, to avoid the overcompensation I mentioned, as well as imbalance. Again, this all helps reduce injury risk. I really want to emphasize that I’m sharing this because consistency is the key to success and injuries get in the way of consistency.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Josee Belanger: I like to mimic my workout style by staying disciplined and consistent in what I eat and drink.
When I have to, I make sure I eat enough. There’s no magical recipe or plan that everyone can follow, but the key is to have a proper balance in the amount of protein, fat and carbs. A must is remaining hydrated and that doesn’t just mean drinking water but also adding electrolytes when you sweat a lot or during hot days.
A typical meal of mine would be made up of protein (chicken-beef, for example), fat (olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, fish oil) vegetables (mainly greens) and carbs (sweet potatoes, rice, etc). I don’t drink liquid calories unless I’m in the middle of a training period and I do allow myself to indulge in some treats on occasion, but only after dinner on a big training day so it has a minimal impact on my performance.