Fitness & Nutrition Go Hand In Hand

Good exercise habits are just as important as good nutrition, and together they can provide important health benefits that allow you to enjoy each and every moment.

From maintaining muscle to providing a stress-reduction outlet, exercise is a key component to overall mental and physical health. Drinking a BOOST® Nutritional Drink before your physical activity or enjoying one after your workout can help replenish the nutrients your body has used.

And remember to get a complete checkup and guidelines from your doctor before beginning any physical activity or exercise program so you get started the right way.

Stretching extends your body's various bending points. The potential benefits are greater mobility, improved balance, and less muscle strain. It’s an important part of warming up, so stretch before any type of exercise or activity. It can also be excellent all by itself—especially if you want to start slowly. Yoga and T'ai Chi are both activities that focus on flexibility.

Resistance exercises are designed to help build muscle strength. These exercises involve lifting, pulling or pushing and can include many everyday activities like gardening, household chores, climbing stairs, bicycling, rowing and swimming.

Swimming is not the only way to exercise in a pool. The natural resistance of water to your movements helps stimulate your muscle activity and because of the body's natural buoyancy, these exercises put minimal strain on the joints, ligaments and muscles.

To exercise arms and shoulders, stand neck-deep with your arms stretched out to both sides. Bring them together in front of you, keeping them straight as you touch your hands. Then bring them back out to the sides and repeat.

To exercise your legs, try the "rocking horse." With your right leg raised and bent at the knee, push off with the left leg and land on the right. Then push back with the right leg, landing on the left. Repeat the exercise for several repetitions.

Of course, never take water for granted. Familiarize yourself with the depth marking before you enter the pool. Even if you're a good swimmer, it's best to exercise when a lifeguard is on duty.

Endurance or aerobic exercises are activities that increase your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time. This can include walking, jogging, swimming, raking, sweeping, dancing and playing tennis.

If you're currently inactive, it's important to ease into a more active lifestyle and not do it all at once. Start with 5 or 10 minutes at a time and build up to at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity endurance activity on most or all days of the week.

You should always consult a doctor before beginning an endurance or aerobic exercise program and start out slowly.