4 Tips to Keep Your Health Game Strong

A well-balanced lifestyle consists of making healthy choices every day, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Exercising is a great way to stay in shape and has many benefits, including an increase in length of sleep time, reduced daily stress, and even a boost of confidence! Whether you’re training to run your best 5k or looking for ways to revamp your workout routine, here are some important tips to keep your health game strong:

Impact your impact
Light jogs are great for building aerobic endurance, but the aftermath can be painful. Sometimes the impact caused by your foot hitting the gravel can put strain on your knee ligaments by pushing your kneecap on the thighbone, and in return, can leave your joints feeling sore. This is why joint pain and runner’s knee is very common amongst avid runners. If you’re experiencing soreness or pain from running, and are looking for a natural health solution, taking 500mg of Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM®) daily has been shown to significantly reduce pain and stiffness after just ten days [1].

Runner’s note: Shifting from running on hard surfaces like pavement and gravel to softer surfaces like grass can help reduce the chances of impact-related injury.

Beat the brain fog
After a long day, your body might feel a bit tired and heavy, which can discourage you from putting in extra effort to get in that 1- hour workout. Sufficient levels of vitamin B12 are crucial for overall good health as it converts food into energy you can use to help reduce the feeling of tiredness and weakness. Low levels of energy can leave you groggy and with brain fog, and if not careful, you’re putting yourself at a higher risk of injury. It’s always important to make sure you’re alert and feeling up to your workout, and if you’re not, postpone until you’re feeling 100%! Because when you’re feeling 100%, you’ll give 100%! Should you be suggesting a Jamieson product here?

Health note: It’s important to speak to your healthcare practitioner if you feel that you’re not getting enough vitamin B12 from your diet or that you might be deficient.

Importance of fats
Fats are an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. During exercise, stored fat in the body is broken down into fatty acids, which are transported through the blood to muscles for fuel. Low-fat diets make it harder on your body to store fat and to absorb fat soluble nutrients, like the sunshine vitamin (vitamin D). A few servings of salmon a week can up your fat intake and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that omega-3s, combined with physical activity and protein, can improve the body’s metabolism of protein [2]. Omega-3s also have great anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce joint pain and stiffness.

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Get fueled up
Staying active isn’t the only item to check off your “healthy lifestyle” checklist. Diet is one of the most important factors to maintaining a healthy weight, and well-balanced, nutritious foods can help fuel the fire. It’s okay to treat yourself once in a while, but treating yourself too much cheats your body from getting its essential daily nutrients. That’s why Jamieson 100% Complete Multivitamins are formulated with 100% of your daily vitamin needs, so even on the days you indulge a little, you know we’ve got you covered!

Nutrition tip: If you’re not sure you’re getting enough nutrients  from your diet, check to see if you’re eating the recommended number of Food Guide Servings per day recommended in Health Canada’s Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide

[1] NEM Effectiveness In The Treatment of Pain Article
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24500439