We do feel extremely exhausted post exercise and there are several reasons for it; but the oxidative stress generated due to exercise is one of the primary causes.Highly reactive chemical species, called free radicals, may increase during exercise
But do not worry, this kind of stress is temporary and is good for health!
The debate now is whether we need to curb this oxidative stress by supplementing with antioxidants or let it continue such that we get maximum benefits from exercise
As we start to get regular with our exercise regimen, we need to gradually plan snacks/ meals to be consumed before and after exercise
What we eat before the exercise is important since we need to have enough energy to sustain the exercise at the level we intend to achieve. Now one may ask, why eat again while we actually want to mobilize the existing excess food stores. Well, there are 2 caveats to this:
Firstly, it’s not advisable to start exercise on an empty stomach. For example early in the morning because there is a long gap between the last meal and subsequent one post exercise. Prolonged fasting period slows down the metabolism and we surely don’t want that. Continue reading “Food you should eat before a workout”
Increasing physical activity has the potential to improve weight loss and maintenance. Studies indicate that an increase in sedentary activities, particularly television viewing, and an overall decrease in physical activity are contributing to an increased incidence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.
Strategies to increase physical activity should include increases in structured and non structured physical activity and reductions in the amount of time spent in sedentary activities.
Kids need about 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but this doesn’t have to happen all at once. Several short 10- or even 5-minute periods of activity throughout the day are just as good. If your children are not used to being active, encourage them to start with what they can do and build up to 60 minutes a day.Continue reading “How to make your children more active?”