Getting plenty of physical activity is important to a healthy body. Physical activity, whether it is working out in the gym, or walking around your neighborhood, needs proper nutrition.
"Combine healthy eating with a regular exercise program, and you're on the right path to a healthy lifestyle," said Courtney Rockwell, ManorCare dietitian.
When muscles are working they require fuel, and the best source is complex carbohydrates. Choose complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, starchy vegetables and beans and add some lean protein to nourish your muscles before you use them during a work out.
Chicken, turkey, fish, beans or low-fat dairy products are great sources of protein. Don't forget the importance of drinking plenty of water.
A healthy lifestyle is all about having a plan for change, making small gradual changes and enjoying a healthier way of living. Ask yourself these questions:
Do I follow the guidance of the Food Guide Pyramid?
Do I get regular physical activity most days of the week?
Do I keep portions in balance with my physical activity?
Do I consume a variety of food choices?
If you answered "yes," you're on the right path. If you need some work, start with a plan that includes small changes.
Healthy eating helps you get the most out of life. A healthy lifestyle is the key to looking good, feeling great and being your best at work and at play. It all starts with a healthy eating plan.
Individual needs and preferences determine your personal food choices. Match your food choices to your lifestyle and individual requirements, choosing enough to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Actively pursue variety. Eating a wide variety of foods not only promotes optimal nutrition, it provides the pleasurable aspects of eating.
ManorCare facilities are located in Jersey Shore and Williamsport.