The short answer is yes. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical fitness is defined as "a set of attributes that people have or achieve that relates to the ability to perform physical activity." In other words, that number on the scale is only a piece of the body's puzzle.
Take our muscles, for example. While most of us know they can weigh more than fat, we often forget how their strength and endurance can make a difference. And there's more.
While exercise is a vital part of maintaining fitness, a well-balanced diet is just as important. Not sure where to start? Here are a few quick tips:
- Say yes to carbs (really!) - Carbohydrates provide 45 to 60 percent of your energy levels. Opt for good carbs, such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa; legumes, beans, nuts and seeds; high fibers; 100-percent whole grains; and raw, whole and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Don't forget the protein - A daily source of protein is crucial for the body's regulation and maintenance. In addition to the meaty sources — chicken, turkey, duck, lamb, beef, or buffalo—you can also find protein in other places, such as eggs, fish, and dairy. Even bee pollen protein digests easily and is rich with many other nutrients.
- Stay hydrated - It's the easiest to do — and often the hardest to remember. Whether it's a little exercise or a lot, hydration is key to keeping your skin beautiful, digestive system running smoothly, and energy levels high.
St. Luke's Programs and Resources
- Perfect Fit Weight Management Program provides individualized personal training and nutrition counseling. Call 314-205-6185.
- Personal Exercise Prescriptions create a personal plan for your own fitness goals. Call 314-542-4800.
- Personal Training provides you the opportunity to work one-on-one or in small groups with a personal trainer. Call 314-205-6185.
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