5 July, 2015    #50

Exercise & Energy

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I have been attending Cardiac Rehab class now for over a month.  At first, I didn’t think much about the energy I would expend during workouts, but lately I have been snacking on semi-sweet chocolate chips and soy milk just before class. That handful of chocolate definitely provided the energy boost that I needed!  It’s also good for the Heart & Soul … there’s a song in there somewhere!

 

Then, last Friday, I happened to notice a colorful poster on the class wall.  It was the information I needed and is provided here for your benefit.

 

 

WHY EATING IS IMPORTANT BEFORE & AFTER EXERCISE:
Eating before exercise provides the body with energy while maintaining blood sugar & energy levels
Eating after exercise replenishes and repairs muscles and their energy stores while preventing the breakdown of muscle tissue
Exercising without eating can cause a person to become sluggish, dizzy or lightheaded during exercise
   
BEFORE EXERCISE EATING:
After eating, wait 30 minutes to 3 hours before exercising; depending on the size of the snack or meal
Avoid consuming fatty snacks or meals because they are difficult to digest
Keep the portions small to avoid gastrointestinal distress
Be “Double Sure” to drink WATER and not sugar drinks!
   
AFTER EXERCISE QUICK SNACKS:
Chocolate Milk
High Density Nutrition Bar
Smoothie with Yogurt & Fruit
Crackers & Peanut Butter
Let’s not forget WATER!
   
ADDITIONAL PRE & POST EXERCISE EXAMPLES:
Oatmeal with Nuts
Low Fat Yogurt with Granola or Nuts
 Wheat Toast with Peanut or Almond Butter
˝ Chicken Breast (grilled or baked) with Brown Rice or Vegetables
 ˝ Turkey Sandwich on Wheat Bread with Fruit or Milk
Cottage Cheese with Crackers or Fruit

 

We all are physical beings that need Energy (food) and Exercise to live healthy lives.  Excess energy stores with too little exercise can be unhealthy and limit future expectations.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike Kohut, President, DDMS

 

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