Fitness Fix & Unhappy Meals & Winning Formula

UNHAPPY MEALS
Talk about emotional eating:

UNHAPPY MEALS
People who regularly ate fast food over six years were 41 percent more likely to become depressed than those who avoided the greasy grub, reports the journal Public Health Nutrition.
 Scientists believe the high trans fat content may interfere with the brain’s ability to produce certain mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters.
For your physical and mental health, limit your drive-through trips and eat more fruits and vegetables.

WHAT IS IT?
ir·is·in \ ahy´-ris-in \
n. A recently discovered hormone that is present in your bloodstream when you exercise. It
switches on genes that turn regular fat into calorie-zapping brown fat, improves your
response to glucose, and could potentially lead to treatments for obesity and diabetes.

WINNING FORMULAWINNING FORMULA
Want to perform your very best? Ease into your workout. Australian researchers found that a proper warm-up increases the speed of contraction within your muscles, prepping  them for action, says study author Alan Pearce, Ph.D., of Deakin University in Australia. But don’t overdo it: Warming up too long isn’t good for your muscles. Another study found that athletes who completed three sets of dynamic stretches sprinted slower than those who did only one or two sets. The ideal warm-up lasts five to 15 minutes and includes movements that mimic your upcoming workout, says Pearce.

FITNESS FIX

You’re used to leaving your doctor’s office with a script for pills. Now physicians are sending patients to the gym as well as, or even rather than, the pharmacy. One in three women received an exercise prescription to prevent or help treat a condition like high blood
FITNESS FIX
pressure, diabetes, and even cancer, according to a report. Always ask if you can try exercise before popping pills; often, working out is the best treatment option, says Robert Sallis, M.D., chair of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise Is Medicine campaign.

seventy-two
PERCENTAGE OF EACH DAY THE AVERAGE PERSON’S MUSCLES ARE INACTIVE, EVEN IF THEY EXERCISE. SINCE SEDENTARY TIME IS A HEALTH RISK, KEEP MOVING EVEN AFTER YOU LEAVE THE GYM.

Source: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sport

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