Health Tip – Back Health

Excessive sitting can bring about many issues related to back health. Continuous flexionyoung male holding his back in pain of your lumbar spine can lead to disc delamination which is where the outer collagen rings of the lumbar discs start to wear away. To help prevent this try to stand up every 20 – 30 minutes and walk around. The core musculature that supports your lower back shuts down after about 20 minutes of sitting, and moving around reactivates it. Keep your back healthy!

Health Tip – Carbohydrate and Water Storage

For every gram of carbohydrate that is stored in your body, 3 to 4 grams of water are also weightscalestored. Therefore high-carb diets can lead to an increase in fluid storage. When starting a low-carb/high-protein diet like the Atkins diet for example, the increase of protein will stimulate fluid loss and the low amount of carbs reduce the water storage. You may lose some weight quickly from this diet at first but keep in mind that this is water weight and your fluid losses will stabilize after the first few days. As always, a more balanced diet combined with a solid exercise plan will lead to true fat loss.

Health and Exercise Tip – Hydration

Thirst is a poor indicator of hydration levels in your body. Thirst kicks in after a 1-2% loss in body weight and by that time your performance is already affected. Stay ahead of this by ensuring you are water_and_glasses_201060properly hydrated throughout the day and especially before, during, and after your workout. Most food we consume in a day will give us 1L of fluids so strive to consume at least another 2L of fluids and even more in hot environments.