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Nutrition and Exercise

Aug 17, 2007
If you want to lose weight and improve your body, there are only two things you need to do: start exercising and make better eating choices. Although these are truly the only two things you need to do to start achieving your weight loss goals, most people are intimidated by the mere thought of regular exercise and a proper diet. However, it does not need to be this way. In reality, making these two changes is actually much easier than you may think.

Cardiovascular and resistance training are the two types of exercise that can help you improve your overall health. Although you may like one more than the other, it is important to engage in both types. By doing this, you can ensure that your body is getting a well-rounded workout. Cardiovascular exercise involves anything that raises your heart rate and improves your lung capacity. This can include anything from jogging or running to swimming or jumping rope. By engaging in cardiovascular activity three to four times per week, you will not only start losing weight, but also improve your overall health. The other type of exercise that is essential for a healthy body is resistance training. Resistance training involves any type of weightlifting or strength building activity. Many people skip out on resistance training when trying to lose weight. However, by doing this type of activity several times per week, you will build up muscle mass, which in turn will burn more calories even when you are not doing anything than the fat you previously had did.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is beginning an exercise routine without also starting a healthy eating plan. Many people try to eat as little as possible or not at all while exercising each day. They are under the misconception that this will help them lose weight faster. In reality, it is extremely important to eat plenty of healthy food each day. This is the only way that you can provide your body with the fuel it needs to help you through your workout.

Before any workout, whether it is cardiovascular or resistance training, you should eat a snack or meal that is rich in good carbohydrates. Good carbohydrates are those which come from substances such as whole-grains. These carbohydrates are essential to maintaining your stamina during a workout. It is important to remember that eating after a workout is just as important as eating before. After your workout, your body needs to replenish and rebuild, therefore, you should be taking in high quality proteins. These can be found in foods such as chicken breasts and egg whites.

In order to get the best results from exercising, it is essential to also get the proper nutrition. By eating foods which fuel your body, you can ensure that you will get the most possible out of your exercising.
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