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Friday, May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011


True or False: The only way your body can store energy from food is in the form of body fat.




Your body can store energy from food for future use in two ways: 1) as fat and 2) as muscle fuel (called glycogen). Its first priority is to fill its glycogen tanks, because glycogen is the body's primary source of energy for physical activity. Once your glycogen stores are filled and the rest of the body's energy needs are covered, all the extra energy from your food will be stored as body fat. 


True or False: Bed rest is the best treatment for back pain.




Bed rest is not a good treatment for back pain. When you are in bed for extended periods of time, you can lose muscle strength which is actually bad for your back. Bed rest should not be used for more than two days if you can help it. Want to relieve back pain easily? Just get moving! Normal daily activity can actually help relieve back pain in most cases. Remember to always consult with your doctor to find out which options are best for you.


True or False: Ramping up your B-12 and folate (folic acid) intake can help cure a bad mood.



Scientists believe that B-12 and folate help the body produce a neurotransmitter called serotonin—a known mood stabilizer. Shellfish, fortified cereal, oatmeal, wheat germ, and vegetables are some of the many foods rich in these nutrients.


How soon after working out should you eat?

  • Within 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Wait 1 hour before eating
  • Wait 2-4 hours before eating
  • Don't eat until your next meal time
Answer: Within 30 minutes to 2 hours..


The ideal time to eat after a workout is within 30 minutes to two hours, when your body is ready and waiting to top off its fuel tanks to prepare for your next workout. But if your appetite or schedule doesn’t allow you to eat a meal right after your exercise session, don't panic. Your body can still replace your muscle fuel over the next 24 hours, as long as you're eating enough food to support your activity level. 


According to research studies, which of the following strategies could help you burn more calories than the other?


  • Strength training before running
  • Running before strength training

 Answer: Running before strength training


Research shows that you should do cardio first. Published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, one study examined how many calories exercisers burned doing one of four workout combinations: running only, strength training only, running followed by strength training, and strength training followed by running. The run-strength training group came out on top with the highest exercise after burn of all. 










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