Forget Exercise - Go Play

Written by Don Stuart

Can't seem to getrepparttar 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 torepparttar 146094 parks and explorerepparttar 146095 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 Phobia

Written by Dave Soucy

Anyone who has been in a grocery store recently knows that food companies are tripping over themselves inrepparttar 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 byrepparttar 145980 health interests of consumers. The reality is that they are mainly concerned withrepparttar 145981 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 onrepparttar 145982 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 providerepparttar 145983 body with its main source of fuel, glucose (blood sugar), which is stored inrepparttar 145984 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 outrepparttar 145985 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 inrepparttar 145986 body) and nervous system can only use glucose for energy. This is why, especially inrepparttar 145987 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 inrepparttar 145988 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 notrepparttar 145989 result you are looking for. As I said, this is not an anti-(insert your favorite low-carb guru here) piece. But,repparttar 145990 truth is, carbohydrates are a nutrient, and a nutrient is defined as a “substance that an organism must obtain from its surroundings for growth andrepparttar 145991 sustainment of life”. So, does it make sense to follow a program that calls forrepparttar 145992 wholesale abandonment of vital nutrient? Of course not. What is needed is an understanding ofrepparttar 145993 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.

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