Nutrition and Fitness: The Dynamic Duo
I realize that the dynamic duo often refers to Batman and Robin, but could you imagine Batman without Robin? No! Some other great food pairings?
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Macaroni and cheese
- Fish and chips (or burgers and fries)
- Bacon and eggs
- Milk and cookie
- Spaghetti and meatballs
The point is -- nutrition and fitness just go together. They are the dynamic duo we need to stay healthy and productive, don't you agree? The benefits of having both in your daily routine just makes sense. Some of the benefits that you'll get are:
Weight Management: Although there are a variety of ingredients that can factor into weight such as genetics, environment or hormones, the main influencers are nutrition and fitness.
Quality Sleep: We've all heard what happens to us if we don't get enough sleep, right? Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, forgetfulness, irritability and even weight gain.
Maintain a Good Mood: A couple of studies look at mood maintenance such as the 2006 study done by the American Journal of Psychiatry that confirms that an omega-3 deficiency contributes to mood. Also, the Department of Nutrition at Arizona State University showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with an overall healthy mood. I am not a vegetarian, but I do eat vegetarian twice a week and it makes a difference!
Lastly, there is Disease Prevention: There is no doubt that following a diet that is nutritionally sound improves your outlook on preventing disease. This means eating whole grains, fruits and vegetables as well as eating more fish and simply cutting back on eating processed foods whenever possible.
"In 2007, the Institute of Physical Education in Szczecin, Poland, reported evidence confirming that physical activity is important for primary prevention of chronic diseases, decreased mortality rates and physical and psychological well-being."
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