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Exercise and Nutrition
Let us discuss exercise and nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. Anyone seeking to pursue a healthier lifestyle involves a myriad of activities that include physical activity, balanced nutrition, and mental well-being. This guide explores the essence of fitness, ways to maintain health and vitality, and the role of diet and nutrition.
What is Fitness?
Fitness goes beyond your physical appearance or body weight; it embodies your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It is about enhancing the quality of your life, fostering a positive self-image, and prolonging life.
According to MIT Medical, “ Physical fitness is to the human body what fine-tuning is to an engine. It enables us to perform up to our potential. Fitness can be described as a condition that helps us look, feel, and do our best. Physical fitness involves the performance of the heart and lungs and the muscles of the body.
And, since what we do with our bodies also affects what we can do with our minds, fitness influences to some degree qualities such as mental alertness and emotional stability”.
Strategies for Staying Healthy and Fit
A mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercises is crucial for a well-rounded fitness program.
- Aerobic Exercises: Running, cycling, and swimming improve cardiovascular health and are beneficial to heart and lung function.
The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity aerobic exercises weekly.
Lactic acid, scientifically known as lactate, is an organic compound produced in your body during intense physical activity or when the body converts carbohydrates into energy in the absence of sufficient oxygen (anaerobic metabolism). This typically happens during strenuous exercise when the oxygen demand of your muscles exceeds the supply, such as during sprinting or heavy lifting.