Wellness Wednesdays – 1/30/19

WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK

What Experts Say You Should Eat Before a Workout

This week’s wellness tip comes from Reegan Von Wildenradt of Men’s Health — but of course, folks of any gender can feel free to put it to use! Eating before exercise is another one of those areas where pervasive myths abound… and if you’ve followed Wellness Wednesdays for any significant length of time, you know we love replacing myths with practical, science-backed advice delivered by experts.

So, what do the experts say about grabbing a snack before hitting the gym? Well, for one thing, the practice isn’t bad in and of itself. It’s all about what you put in your body and when you do so. First, what doesn’t work: the experts Wildenradt spoke to indicate that taking protein before a workout doesn’t do much for your energy level — but taking it after a workout can help build muscle. What does work: giving yourself a quick burst of energy by eating a carb-rich snack 2 to 3 hours before you start exercising.

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WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB

The Environmental Argument for Eating Just One Serving of Red Meat a Week, Explained

The headlines are increasingly filled with reports from nutritionists and scientists alike explaining that eating less meat isn’t just beneficial for humans’ health — it can also help to reduce our impact on the environment. Even in spite of this largely becoming conventional wisdom, a recent report by the EAT-Lancet Commission has been generating headlines for claiming the ideal portion of red meat is just one serving per week.

NPR’s The Salt explains the environmental rationale behind this teeny-weeny portion: since many of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the agriculture industry come from red meat production — especially making sure the animals have enough to eat and drink — a reduction in the demand for red meat would lessen the strain on our planet.

New Study Shows Exercise Plays Important Role in Reducing Depression Risk

Many of us can probably relate an anecdote on feeling mentally and emotionally better after exercising on a tough day, but new research published in JAMA Psychiatry shows how the science backs this up. Scientists have known for years about a link between exercise and a lower risk of depression, but the question has always been this: are depressed people simply less likely to work out, or does working out make people less likely to be depressed? This new study indicates the latter is true: according to TIME’s Jamie Ducharme, the research “suggests that exercise can protect against depression, but depression does not inherently make someone less likely to exercise.”

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LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

February 4

Giving Tree Yoga & Wellness Center will host a Yoga for All Ages session at 9 a.m. The wellness center describes this as a yoga class for everyone: “the beginner student, the senior and the seasoned practicioner” will all feel welcome with instructor Donna Bonin. Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com

February 5

The North Andover High School Health and Fitness Fair, a collaboration with Lawrence General Hospital, will feature more than 25 exhibitors and interactive workshops for teens and adults focused on maintaining fitness, preventing injuries, and enhancing overall wellbeing. The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free and open to the public. North Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com

February 13

Holy Family Hospital‘s Weight Loss Support Group will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Holy Family Auditorium in Methuen. This month’s topic focuses on controlling your food environment. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamilyHospital.org

February 21

At Lowell General Hospital‘s Dance for Your Heart class from 6:30 to 8 p.m., you’ll learn new dance moves while enjoying three things that are good for your heart: exercise, red wine and dark chocolate! As the mention of wine may indicate, this class is for people 21 and older. Lowell, Mass. | LowellGeneral.org

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