Exercise Or Prepare Dinner : Do You Trade One Good Act For Another?

Research performed at the Ohio State University suggests the more time we spend preparing food, the less time we spend exercising…Does this ring true for you?

This implies that if we devote time to preparing, cooking and eating healthful, nutritious and calorie controlled food, be it consciously or not, we compromise with the amount of exercise we do. How many of you eat worse when you aren’t training…if that’s you, then you’re one of the ‘all or nothing’ group. So basically when you’re training your diet will be pristine!

However, the findings strongly suggest that many of us will rest on our laurels if we have eaten properly, and think that this is an excuse to get an early shower. Or you won’t want to dip into time you had previously allocated to rest or other recreational activities, hence cutting your gym session short instead!

So it seems that rather than complimenting one another, our healthful behaviours such as food prep and exercise substitute instead! So whether this relates to you or not, be real, set SMART goals, plan, and try not to compromise one healthful act for another.


Tumin, (2013). Exercise or Make Dinner? Study Finds Adults Trade One Healthy Act for Another. Ohio State University. Retrieved 16th April, 2013, HERE.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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