Chris Gallo/FITNESS MagazineBy Kati Mora, MS, RD
Ready to sweat? Not so fast! Here, the best foods to eat before and after a workout so can fuel up the right way. Munch on these for your best sweat session yet.
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Before: Whole Wheat Toast with Sliced Banana and Cinnamon
When it comes to gearing up for workout, carbs are your gym BFF. The key is to have a mixed bag of complex and simple ones so that the release of energy during your workout is slow and steady throughout your routine. Whole-wheat toast with fruit gives you both types of carbs with the bonus of being super easy to digest. Complex carbs will keep your motor humming, while the fruit adds an extra kick of energy. For those training for a race, bananas are perfect in raising potassium levels, which drop when you sweat a lot. For an added bonus, add a dash of cinnamon. The spice has been linked to stabilizing blood sugar and improving brain function.
After: Grilled Chicken and Mixed Vegetables
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Jolie explains that she tested positive for a "faulty" gene, which doctors estimated put her at very high risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Surgery, she said, greatly reduced her odds of getting sick, at least from anything having to do with her lady parts. Does that mean that every woman with a history of cancer in her family should get a DNA test? Thanks, but I'll pass. Because, honestly, if the world's most beautiful woman has somehow lost the genetic lottery, the rest of us are doomed.
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The power to change is in your hands. These four women made one simple shift in how they approach challenges and are now happier and healthier. Try their ideas to improve your life. Photo by Coral Von Zumwalt; hair and makeup by Kay Matthews with Zenobia Agency; courtesy of Elton Anderson
'I learned to say no.'
Carol Frazey, 43, Bellingham, WA
Until two years ago, Carol, a fitness and nutrition counselor, was the ultimate yes woman, spending more time than she could afford helping at her kids' school and running races with a group of girlfriends. But when she hit 40, she realized that she often felt stressed and distracted, with too little time for herself or her family. "So I declared 2011 the year of saying no, and began turning down any invitation that wasn't meaningful or didn't make my heart flicker," she says.
It wasn't easy for Carol, who was concerned she wouldn't be liked if she said no. "Disappointing people was difficult, especially for social events-I
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These seven moves synergistically combine strength and cardiovascular training, and force the body to recruit more muscle fibers. This not only increases growth and strength after you work out but also causes what I call the "after effect." (I.e. You to keep burning calories even after you've stopped sweating!) What are you waiting for? No more excuses! Get out there and make it happen.
How It Works:
Perform each exercise for 60 seconds without resting between each move. Complete 1 to 3 cycles of the workout, depending on fitness level, and rest 60 seconds between cycles.
1. Scorpions: Begin in a traditional pushup position. Engage core and
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Is all sugar created equal?
We Asked: Joy Dubost, R.D., is a nutritionist, food scientist and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The Answer: Whether it's in a piece of fruit, your soda or a pastry, sugar is made up of the same two components: fructose and glucose. The molecular structure and composition of sugar molecules is the same no matter where they come from.
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The ratios of fructose and glucose are pretty much the same in both fruit and table sugar. Most fruits are 40 to 55 percent fructose (there's some variation: 65 percent in apples and pears; 20 percent in cranberries), and table sugar (aka sucrose) is 50/50. Neither type of sugar is better or worse for you, but your body processes them differently. Fructose breaks down in your liver and doesn't provoke an insulin response. Glucose starts to break down in the stomach and requires the release of insulin into the bloodstream to be metabolized completely.
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I had to laugh the other day when a friend told me she preferred to drink wine because she couldn't see the calorie count on the bottle label like she could with her case of beer. Although I found it funny, it's because it is true for many people. It's easier to ignore the fact that wine has calories when it's not being shoved in your face.
That lovely bliss of chosen ignorance may not last much longer, but for now you're in the clear. Nutrition labeling on alcoholic beverages is voluntary, according to a labeling act from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The technical jargon from a report released on May 28, 2013 is as follows:
Truthful, accurate, and specific voluntary statements about nutrient content, including calorie and carbohydrate content, in the labeling and advertising of wines, distilled spirits, and malt beverages are authorized under this ruling and TTB Ruling 2004-1. Serving Facts statements in the labeling and advertising of wines, distilled
Health Move MustsThe health choices you make now will dictate your health in the future; start being healthy today and you'll feel the positive effects for years to come.Read More »from 5 Health Move Musts to Start Now
1. GET A LIFE.
People who feel a sense of purpose in life and a responsibility beyond taking care of themselves-like organizing adopt-a-thons at the animal shelter or throwing not-to-be-missed soirees for friends-tend to deal with stress better than those who don't, Dr. Roizen says. These activities give you a strong sense of self and a support system to ground you when stress strikes.
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3. LEARN TO COOK.
This makes you more likely to eat at home, which is better for your heart and your weight than living on
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John Mayer’s new video vixen for his latest single “Paper Doll” is an unlikely star: Prancercise creator Johanna Rohrback.
Yup, the Coral Springs, Florida-based 61-year-old real estate agent turned choreographer of Prancercise, the galloping-trotting exercise routine that went viral in May, has teamed up with Mayer to star in his new music video.
The video, posted to YouTube on Tuesday to almost 8,000 views, is entitled “Advance Prancercise” and opens with Rohrback saying, “What about a prance to romance to? So what about Prancercising to John Mayer’s ‘Paper Doll?’” Rohrback, wearing a white shirt tucked into fitted, black pants, a chunky white necklace, and sporting perfectly coiffed hair, dives into her springy, rhythmic gallop, unleashing her inner pony onto her quiet neighborhood streets—and her undoubtedly fed-up neighbors.
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