You walked or ran your legs off, biked until you dropped, lifted your body weight at the gym, and swam a distance equivalent to circling the globe. Now it is time to refuel.
It may seem counterintuitive to eat and drink after working hard to tone your body and burn calories, but a workout takes its toll on your muscles and other body systems. The key to responsible refueling is to make smart selections that provide the necessary recovery without packing on excess calories that cancel out your effort.
Most experts agree that protein plays a key role in helping repair and build muscle, regardless of whether it comes from a shake, a glass of milk, or an energy bar. Choose foods with low to moderate sugar content and aim for 10-20 grams of protein for your post-workout snack.
Exercise may work up an appetite, but a snack that promotes satiety without making you feel over-full is an effective way to nix the temptation to overeat later in the day. Reach for a snack that combines protein and carbs, such as a handful of nuts and string cheese, hummus and veggies, or a container of nonfat Greek yogurt. Rehydrate with a refreshing food that has high water content, such as watermelon. At 92 percent water, watermelon is an ideal workout buddy for rehydrating, refueling, and recovering....
With the weather soon changing from fall to winter, it’s a good idea to know how to maintain your car. The “Car Care Guide” explains typical preventative maintenance, such as when to change the oil, replace brakes, wiper blades and other essential parts. It also provides answers on how to adjust driving and car care habitats to save money on fuel.
Visit carcare.org to get this free 20-page resource from the Car Care Council sent to your home....