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April 14, 2014

People with Type 2 diabetes are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke when compared to those without diabetes. Inactivity contributes to an increased risk for both cardio events.
A study of more than 15,000 Swedes, with an average age of 60 diagnosed with type II diabetes, recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology confirmed the positive benefits of exercise.
After examining the participants in the study, the researchers discovered those who rarely exercised at the beginning of the study had a 25 percent increase in the likelihood of having a heart attack or a stroke over a five-year period.
And not only were the 25 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event during this time, they were also 70 percent more likely to have a fatal occurrence when compared to those who continued to be active.
The odds for those who remained in active throughout the five-year study were even worse. The take home message is to get moving.
Eating to perform
High quality food and drink provides your body with the fuel needed to perform at its maximum potential. The greater your energy expenditure, the more food and drink you need. Paying attention to this basic requirement will keep you ready to do your best.
During training, your body requires more food and drink than when sitting around doing nothing. This is simple Nutrition 101 or lower.
If the fuel isn’t in the tank, your car isn’t going to go far. The same holds true for your body. If you don’t supply it with the necessary elements to exist and grow then all of your training will account for very little.
When you don’t eat enough calories to keep your body going, you lose endurance, weight, strength, motivation due to the loss of energy and more importantly, you lose your mental edge.
Similar occurrences take place when your fluid intake is low. A 10 percent decrease in hydration causes fatigue, loss of coordination and leads to a drop in performance both in training and in competition.
You need a minimum of three meals per day, spread over the time you are awake along with adequate fluids to help digest and hydrate the cells of your body.
One recommendation is to drink at least half of your current body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, this would mean drinking 100 ounces per day. Since eight ounces is equivalent to 1 cup then 100/8= 12.5 glasses per day. This may seem like a lot, and it is, if you aren’t already drinking near the recommended amount.
Another, perhaps easier way to determine if you are drinking enough is to check your urine color. If it is the shade of pale lemonade, then you are probably getting enough liquids.
Note to those trying to lose weight; thirst sometimes manifests as hunger. If you feel hungry, drink a glass or two of water before eating more food that more than likely you don’t need.
Spread your meals throughout the day. If the time is not there to eat a decent meal, then eat something healthy as a snack to get those valuable nutrients into the bloodstream.
If you anticipate engaging in high intensity activity such as training then make certain you are eating or drinking high carbohydrate nutrients beforehand, during, and afterward.
Stay strong, and remain passionately committed to your hearts chosen path.
Strength train at the Explosivelyfit gym in Nine Mile Falls. and sign up for Danny O’Dell’s Explosivelyfit Strength Training Newsletter at

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