The Benefits of Chocolate And Exercise

Chocolate.  Chocolate has been said to be an aphrodisiac, to produce the same feel good hormones that come from doing things that feel good and we enjoy.  It is known to be a stimulant because of the caffeine and sugar content, as well as something the body craves because of the fat content, which the human body stores to create energy.  What some of us, including myself, did not necessarily know was that chocolate is also a great tasting quick energy boosting fix for avid hikers.  When I say hikers I mean the type of hiking advocates that go on organized expeditions through beautiful canyons and mountain ranges.  The kind that spend a few hours just exploring all that nature has to offer.  While I myself wouldn’t think chocolate would be a first choice snack for the obvious health conscious, I did see first hand that chocolate is literally enjoyed and eaten by even the healthy exercise enthusiasts of the world.

While on a hiking trip and exploring the great Grand Staircase of Utah a few fellow hikers in my group pulled out organic chocolate bars as we sat on a grouping of rocks taking a small break from our beautiful hiking tour.  I mentioned that I was an avid chocolate lover myself and that all this hiking was sure to award me with a chocolate bar or some delicious dessert when I returned home.  One of the hikers by the name of Alex smiled and said that he often brought a chocolate bar with him on long hikes or even trail mix mixed with chocolate pieces.  He told me he didn’t scarf the whole chocolate bar at once, or the trail mix for that matter.  He said eating a piece here and there gave him a quick energy boost and the added fat helped to keep his momentum sustainable. Laughing he said “eating chocolate puts me in a better mood”!  I told him I never thought about it that way but that actually sounded like a very good idea to me.  He then leaned over and offered me a piece of his organic sea salt and chocolate bar. Winking he said the salt helps replenish all that I have lost through sweating.  Laughing I thanked him and ate my chocolate.  Then, then something amazing happened.  We started on our trek through this naturistic wonder of beauty, and I felt more energized, definitely in a better mood, and just an all over feeling of contentment.  The hike we took was breathtakingly beautiful, the group of friends I was with and I had an incredible day.

So although many look at chocolate as a sinful delight, something that you feel like you need to get a good workout in to enjoy, really is meant to be enjoyed at any given time.  Perhaps it goes hand in hand with the old saying “Everything in moderation”.  Moderately eating chocolate on a day to day basis sounds just fine to me!!