Friday, May 6, 2011

PRE-EXERCISE EATING

Eating an easy-to-digest high-carbohydrate breakfast two to four hours before morning exercise is recommended because it will help restock liver glycogen after an overnight fast. Use these guidelines to design your meal or snack: enough fluid to keep you hydrated, low in fat and fiber, high in carbohydrates, and moderate in protein. Select foods familiar to you. However, eating prior to exercise does not work for everyone; be sure to do what works best for you.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

NICOTINE

Did you know that the stimulant nicotine is the only addictive chemical in cigarettes? Research suggests that nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine. However, there are more than 4,000 other chemicals, including many that can cause cancer, in cigarette smoke. Using nicotine gum or patches to help yourself or a loved one quit smoking will not cause cancer and may help you be more successful in overcoming the addiction.

Sources: American Lung Association

Monday, May 2, 2011

TELEVISION AND EXERCISE

Did you know that by age 65, the average adult has spent the equivalent of nine years watching television? Make your TV time work for you. Combine it with physical activity or stretching. Ideas include floor exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, etc.), stationary cycling or treadmill walking, working with hand weights, resistance bands or balls, or performing a series of upper- and lower-body stretches.