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August 1, 2013

Lori Brothers: Make sure your tank is properly filled before starting your exercise routine

NEW CASTLE — I’d like to give a big “shout out” to Lugene Hudson, who is working toward getting back up to speed with her interest in running.

We did have a great event this year, and I like to make sure it is clear to all the walkers that you, too, are invited to participate in our annual event. A great side note — I had a participant who won a medal in her age group. She wasn’t sure if she should come out, since she had never walked a 5K. She surprised herself. Congratulations, Amy!

“There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying,” said Francis Bacon.

So make sure you adopt the practice of putting one foot in front of the other, at whatever speed is appropriate for you. I call this finding your personal best. You might surprise yourself too.

Lugene asked some important questions about taking care of yourself if you are taking up an exercise routine, walking, running, or any sport.

Jameson’s Clinical Nutrition Manager, Michelle Byers, advises to make sure you are properly fueled before you begin any type of exercise.

“You wouldn’t start a road trip on an empty tank of gas,” she says.

Byers explains that carbohydrates are the fuel of the body, and that when you are endurance walking or running, or with any exercise, it is important to consume enough carbs to have the energy available to you.

“You don’t want to eat 20 minutes before you exercise because your body will still be digesting. Eat in ahead of time so it is absorbed into your tank before you undertake anything,” she said.

Lugene mentioned her hypoglycemia. In her case, she would also need to include a protein with her carb snack to make sure she doesn’t have a reaction due to the pancreas over-producing insulin.

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