Forget Exercise - Go PlayWritten by Don Stuart
Can't seem to get energy or motivation to exercise? Forget exercise - go play. For most of us exercise is a chore. So many people hate to exercise, or just can't get motivated to start an exercise program. If you are one of those, forget about exercise, go play.
Make it a point to play everyday. Find a partner. Go golfing, swimming, shoot baskets, tennis, volleyball, play catch, any kind of sport that gets you moving. Every day. You may need a different partner each day - find one.
Get on your bicycles and go siteseeing. Get with a partner or group and go horseback riding. Go to parks and explore trails. Play volleyball, badminton, anything to become active. Remember to start slow and work your way up to playing an hour or two each day.
Just Say No to Carb PhobiaWritten by Dave Soucy
Anyone who has been in a grocery store recently knows that food companies are tripping over themselves in rush to introduce “low carb” versions of everything from bread to candy to soda to cereal. Do not think for a minute that these companies are motivated by health interests of consumers. The reality is that they are mainly concerned with wallets of consumers and will market anything that they think a gullible public will buy. Low carb junk food is still junk food.
I know some of you reading this may already be raising your defenses because you have lost weight by cutting your carb consumption. Let me first congratulate you on your weight loss, and secondly say that this is not an anti-Atkins or anti-South Beach piece. This article is simply meant to educate readers on reality of carbohydrates, “good” carb choices vs. “bad” carb choices, what they do, why your body needs them, and how to make better nutrition choices than food company marketing efforts want you to.
The first thing to understand is that carbohydrates provide body with its main source of fuel, glucose (blood sugar), which is stored in muscles and liver as glycogen. Any muscle contraction, whether during exercise, getting out of bed, or blinking an eye, is fueled primarily by glycogen. So, for those of you engaging in resistance training, this should immediately point out fact that you need carbs for fuel in order to maximize your efforts in your resistance program. The next fact to understand is that your brain (which burns more calories than any organ in body) and nervous system can only use glucose for energy. This is why, especially in early or induction phases of carb restricted diets, dieters often feel sluggish and less alert than normal. By cutting out carbs, you are cutting off your brain’s main source of fuel.
Some of you are probably thinking, “That’s exactly what I want, because now my body will need to burn fat for energy!” Yes and no. Yes, your body will burn some fat for energy; however it will also generate glucose by breaking down protein stores in muscles, organs and other tissues. This will severely compromise tissue growth, repair, and maintenance, and as discussed in previous articles, slow down your metabolism. Certainly, that is not result you are looking for. As I said, this is not an anti-(insert your favorite low-carb guru here) piece. But, truth is, carbohydrates are a nutrient, and a nutrient is defined as a “substance that an organism must obtain from its surroundings for growth and sustainment of life”. So, does it make sense to follow a program that calls for wholesale abandonment of vital nutrient? Of course not. What is needed is an understanding of difference between supportive, quality carbohydrates that provide essential nutrients and fuel, and overly processed and refined carbohydrates that provide empty calories and support fat storage.