Liz Applegate, NeoLife SAB
Ph.D., Nutrition, Sports Nutritionist
We all know the drill: wash your hands, avoid touching your face and eyes, stay at home and stay at least 1.5 – 2m apart when in public to maintain physical separation. These along with other guidelines are in place for our own safety in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But wait!! What about one of our best defences against illness? Exercise!! Regular moderate to vigorous activities like walking, jogging and dancing adding up to 150 minutes weekly, play a critical role in supporting your immune system and protecting your body against illness caused by bacteria and viruses. In fact, staying fit (or getting fit) during this pandemic may be your ticket to staying healthy at this critical time and even after the acute threat passes.
Weight training is not the only way to build muscle. Resistance bands are a great alternative to lifting weights, because they can help you focus on both the positive and negative contractions of the muscles. They are light and compact, so you can pack them in your bag and take them anywhere – being that convenient you will have no excuse not to work out. So, grab your resistance bands and try this workout routine.
Written by Dr. Diane E. Clayton
Whether you’re an elite athlete, a keen sportsperson, or you’re just trying to manage or lose weight, building and retaining muscle is always a good thing. It’s well known that protein consumption after resistance type exercise helps build muscle, but the effect that this has on subsequent appetite was unknown. In a study conducted by scientists working in the U.K. the effect of calorie equal carbohydrate-only and protein-only drinks on post-exercise appetite were compared.1Continue reading