Both. Most people associate exercising with a traditional approach including barbells, dumbbells, and weight machines. Traditional use of this equipment is beneficial for establishing a program to increase baseline strength. Currently, people are growing more familiar with functional training which directs your exercise selection based on your lifestyle. Functional training is training that makes your day to day activates more enjoyable or easier to perform. Luckily, these two ideas are not mutually exclusive. You can train for functionality using traditional exercise equipment and movement patterns. Regardless of the type of training you decide to do, it is important to establish a consistent flexibility routine to ensure your muscles are at the proper length and your joints are able to move optimally. Regular static stretching helps ensure that your joints are moving optimally and reduces your risk of injury.
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Should I train traditionally or functionally?
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What is a good nutritional plan to follow?
Carol Cottrill, Nutrition & Dietetics, answeredA good nutritional plan to follow is a plan that's designed specifically for you and by you!
A balanced and sustainable eating plan is one that takes into account your lifestyle, preferences, taste, and heritage. Add to that your gender, religious considerations, current health and activity level, and your age -- now you’re well on your way to determining a diet of your own design.
And remember as your life changes, change up your diet. If, for example, you find yourself training for a marathon, your increased activity level will dictate your caloric needs. You may also require more carbohydrates for energy.
Within this hybrid approach consider these nutritional guidelines:
- Only the best: Choose the highest quality, real foods that are available to you.
- Strive for balance: Include portions of lean protein, carbohydrates (such as whole grains and sweet potatoes) vegetables and healthy fats (like olive oil, olives, avocado).
- Color your plate: Aim for a variety of colorful vegetables and you’ll be sure to meet your daily requirements without even thinking about it.
- Keep it real: Whole foods always trump processed foods. They provide the mandatory source of the vitamins and minerals that your body requires to function at an optimum level.
- Eat mindfully: By taking the time to taste, assimilate, and digest, you’ll metabolize your food efficiently.
- Portion control: Rely on internal cues to stop eating when you are satisfied rather than external cues, like a clean plate.
- Happy endings: Save room for dessert. Something sweet at the end of the meal leaves you satisfied and signifies a pleasant end to your dining experience. It also helps eliminate late night snacking!
Do farm-raised fish contain good fatty acids?
Yes, they do but not equal to their wild counterparts. Wild fish contain more of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, per pound (or certainly per calorie). The two most studied n-3 fatty acids are the 20-carbon eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and the 22-carbon docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are the primary compounds in fish oils that scientists attribute to the health benefits of fish consumption. Farm-fed fish are fatter than wild fish, so they may overall contain equal omega-3s but it comes at a price. Higher fat and calories and more omega-6 fatty acids (FA) which competes with the benefits of omega-3s, meaning omega-6 FA tend to increase harmful inflammation, while omega-3s tends to lower it. The higher levels of omega-6FAs in farm-raised fish is primarily due to their diet consisting of more plant-based foods such as corn and soy. And finally there are concerns about the residue left in farm-raised fish from the use of pesticides (also used on their feed) and antibiotic in fish farms. If you consume large quantities of fish multiple times a week, wild fish may be a slightly better choice for the aforementioned reasons. But if you are having a serving (3-4ozs) or two weekly, either should be fine. All that said, if you are not eating two servings/week of fatty fish containing the healthy omega-3s or you simply want to make sure you receive fish oils potential health benefits, use mercury-free fish oil capsules containing ~600mgs of omega -3s made up of 360mgs EPA & 240mgs DHA. And again, take 1 capsule daily if not consuming 2-4 servings per week of fatty fish unless a qualified physician advises more for a specific condition.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
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