To Help You Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Want to make the most of your active lifestyle? Here are three things to remember:

1) Most people do not need special diet and sports supplements to exercise at your best.

Supplements, pills and powders are not necessary to lose weight or build muscle. If you follow Canada’s Food Guide you are most likely to get all the protein, vitamins and minerals you need to build strong bones and muscles.
Expensive protein powders are popular but they will not necessarily help you build bigger muscles, but they will lighten your wallet! The protein in those powders is the same protein you find in food, so while they may contribute to building muscle, they don’t have all the other healthy vitamin and minerals that comes with eating real food. The best way to build muscle mass is by following a safe weight training program together with healthy eating and enough sleep.

2) During exercise, drink enough water to replace what you lose in sweat. Don’t overdo it!

You don’t need to drink gallons of water before, during or after exercise. Your best game plan is to stay hydrated during the day, keep water handy when you’re being active and take sips of water when working out. Drink water or a sports drink (if you’ve been active at a high intensity) after your workout to help replace some of the water you’ve lost through sweat and refuel you for next time.

*And remember, even during winter activities and sports you can still sweat, so keep that water handy when playing out in the cold.


3) Stay active and eat like a champion game plan:

Be active for 30-60 minutes each day. This includes anything from running on a treadmill, to walking your dog in the snow, to taking the stairs more often. Choose food over expensive pills, powders and other supplements. These will not help you lose weight or build muscle more effectively than making healthy food choices. Follow Canada’s Food Guide so that you get the nutrients you need to build strong bones and muscles, keep your heart strong and have the energy to keep moving. Stay hydrated with water, not energy drinks. Drink water or sports drinks to help you replace the fluid you’ve lost when sweating. This goes for winter activities too.



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