Have you heard of this popular beverage/meal that are using as a healing aid? It's essentially a broth made with bones of animals, water and vegetables. The collagen released in the cooking process is supposed to help joints heal as well as provide other health benefits.
Many Americans are now living very sedentary lives, especially if they work in an office setting. While it has been proven that sitting all day isn’t good for your body, it can be much worse if you suffer from chronic back pain or even just a stiff back from sitting for too long. According to Forbes, fewer than 20 percent of jobs include any kind of physical activity, and many people spend at least 4 hours each day sitting at a desk.
A few short decades ago, strength wasn’t considered essential to basic health. Jogging and other forms of steady-state aerobics were the default form of exercise for most adults; strength training was a fringe activity practiced mainly by beach bums and strongmen.
Growing up, I can remember my mother saying the following: “Sit up straight boy, stop slouching, do not bend over like that because you will end up with terrible posture.” As a young boy, I had no idea of what she meant. In hindsight, my mother was right (and a great educator too)! In today’s day and age of technology, less activity and overall laziness, the importance of good posture is at all time high.
Preworkout nutrition is all about carbohydrates for exercise performance. The key word is energy. Post workout nutrition has three main purposes: replenish glycogen, increase protein synthesis and decrease protein breakdown. In one word: recovery. Recommendations would be would be nuts and seeds, dried fruits, and whole grains and vegetables.
For pre-workout fuel, consider fruit, cereal, whole wheat toast with nut butters or eggs, or fruit based smoothies. As a beverage, chocolate milk is a good recovery choice.
We have had a rather snowy and cold winter in New England, but we can see the beginnings of spring. I actually felt happy the other day as the snow melted and I could see the mud underneath. This also means that the cold and snowy walks my dog and I have been taking will slowly be morphing into longer, less bundled, strolls in the woods. I would like to share today my recipe for granola. This is not a low calorie, low fat snack. This is something lightweight, needing no refrigeration, and packed with protein and fiber.