May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This year, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports challenges Americans to get moving for health, and to get active and fit in May.
Our metabolism is like a combustion engine. It turns food into fuel, and it is responsible for producing, maintaining, and destroying material substances to drive vitality. Every part in our body depends on the metabolism of calories for energy, and a souped up engine burns most effectively.
When we feel stressed or depressed, we often reach for fatty comfort foods to alleviate the distress, and a recent scientific study uncovers why. Researchers at the University of Leuven in Belgium, found that consuming fat reduces negative emotion. The study discovered that participants who received fatty acids through a feeding tube were about half as sad as participants on a placebo.
Cloudy skies and cold temperatures can depress motivation. Snow and ice seem to melt our best efforts, and drive us to reach for a good book instead of workout clothes. With a change of attitude, you can turn snowy days into new winter fitness adventures, using nature as your playground.
Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean your skin has to be. Cold, dry air can leave skin red, blotchy and dehydrated. With the right care and nutrition, you can turn a fresh face towards winter doldrums.