Sports and Fitness Center
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Physical activity is one of the most important factors in maintaining optimal health and preventing or slowing degenerative illness. Running, swimming, walking, lifting weights, and cycling are all excellent forms of physical activity that can help to ensure excellent health, improve our outward appearance, and raise our self-esteem.
Physical exertion has many beneficial effects on the body. Aerobic exercise, such as running for example, increases circulation resulting in more oxygen and nutrient flow throughout the body. The result is more energy and stamina as well as an increased sense of well being. Anaerobic exercise, like lifting weights, adds tone and strength to the muscles and bones. Professional athletes, those who exercise regularly, and even the ?weekend warrior? all reap similar health benefits.
Physically active people require additional energy and have increased nutritional demands; therefore, dietary supplementation should be considered. First of all, athletes should be on a wellness program that includes high quality multivitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidant supplements. Essential fatty acids are the ?good fats?, such as fish oils, the body needs to function at peak levels. Antioxidants protect against the damaging effects of free radicals, highly reactive oxygen molecules that can damage DNA or other cellular components. These nutrients provide the core of supplemental requirements needed for athletes.
Other beneficial nutrients include amino acids; the building blocks of protein that make up our muscles. Supplementing with high quality amino acids as well as taking protein supplements, such as whey protein, can help build muscle mass. Creatine is an amino acid that can both build muscle mass and enhance performance. Chromium, a trace mineral, and Garcinia cambogia, an herb, can help to trim down our body fat by a process known as thermogenesis. Chitosan is beneficial in pulling out excess fat from our systems. L-carnitine is helpful in releasing energy to enhance athletic performance.
Other nutritional and herbal supplements may be beneficial. Ginseng helps increase energy and endurance. Glucosamine promotes proper joint function because it helps reduce the wear-and-tear of joints due to overuse, pumping iron, or aging. Carbohydrate loading with specially designed carbohydrate supplements can help provide just the right amount of easily accessible energy to enhance performance. There are also specially designed electrolyte sports drinks available to help replace lost fluids, prevent dehydration, and speed recovery.
Adopting a fitness and sports lifestyle can make us feel good, look good, and improve our overall health. A healthy balanced diet, with plenty of rest, and a wellness program of dietary supplements will help achieve this healthy lifestyle
These products are recommended by licensed pharmacists who have specialized in natural medicines and dietary supplements. For maximum benefit from these recommendations, be sure to read the Wellness Center Guidelines.
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