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Fitness & Nutrition: Whole Body Balance
Diet and exercise go hand in hand. You cannot adopt one healthy habit and neglect another without having an imbalance in your lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief, exercise alone will not help you with weight loss or stimulate your metabolism. Healthy eating accounts for roughly 70-80% of the work with exercise being the rest.
In life and nutrition, it’s about finding a good balance. The proper nutrition will help you obtain the body you desire, improve your confidence and boost your fitness performance. You cannot exercise like a maniac and expect the best results if you’re not feeding your body with the right foods. Food is fuel and it provides the nutrients and the vitamins we need to lose weight, maintain lean body mass, and to keep our metabolism, blood sugar and our energy levels in balance.
Try these tips to improve your health and fitness level once & for all!
- Stay away from crash diets and focus on making healthier choices
- Focus on progress, not perfection. Review your goals to make sure they are realistic and attainable for you. You are unique, find what reasonable for your body & life.
- Build a lifestyle, not just a diet and treat your body as a holistic system for long term results.
- And perhaps most importantly, be mindful, be happy and be healthy!
5 Reasons to Eat Local Foods:
Eating local food is eating seasonally. Even though we wish strawberries were grown year round in South Dakota, the best time to eat them is when they can be purchased directly from a local grower. They are full of flavor and taste better than the ones available in the winter that have traveled thousands of miles.
Local food has more nutrients. Food imported from far-away states and countries is often older, has traveled and sits in distribution centers before it gets to your store.
Local food supports the local economy. The money that is spent with local farmers and growers all stays close to home and is reinvested with businesses and services in your community.
Local foods promote a safer food supply. The more steps there are between you and your food’s source the more chances there are for contamination. Food grown in distant locations has the potential for food safety issues at harvesting, washing, shipping and distribution.
Local growers can tell you how the food was grown. You can ask what practices they use to raise and harvest the crops. When you know where your food comes from and who grew it, you know a lot more about that food.
As the growing season starts and gets into full swing, you should think about how you can add more locally grown foods to your menus and enjoy the many benefits of locally grown food.