This month, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, offer expert postpartum exercise tips.
This month, our special guest bloggers, Lilah Al-Masri, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and Simon Bartlett, PhD, CSCS, ATC, authors of 100 Questions and Answers about Sports Nutrition & Exercise, offer expert insights on pre-pregnancy exercise.
We are quickly approaching that time of year when we start to ponder our New Year’s resolutions. Most people have at least one goal that includes fitness, nutrition and/or weight loss thus leaving us vulnerable to the lure of fad diets.
People exercise for numerous reasons including weight loss, weight gain, to improve performance or to improve overall health and well- being. Regular physical activity is one of the most important things a person can do to improving health. The following are some of the more significant benefits associated with consistent exercise:
- Weight control
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce the risk for type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce the risk of some cancers
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mental health and mood
- Improve the capacity to do daily activities and prevent falls (older adults)
- Increase longevity
Healthy snacking is an important part of the diet whether you consider yourself an athlete or not. Many people considering snacking to be an unhealthy habit when in actuality snacking helps manage weight, ensures adequate fuel for the muscles and brain, and it improves muscle recovery. Most people should consume 3 meals and 2-4 snacks/day. The number and type of snack is dictated by hunger, work schedule, athletic involvement, weight goals, and sleep.