4 Men's Health-Trend Questions Answered
Question #1: CrossFit seems to be an exercise platform adopted by lots of men. Is this healthy?
Answer: CrossFit is a fun sport. The danger, which is not unique to CrossFit, is that starting a high level of activity at a low level of fitness can easily lead to injury, especially if your results are being recorded and compared nationally, regardless of age.
While CrossFit is not inherently dangerous, it is meant to be a high-intensity activity with abrupt changes between components. Attempting an activity when you are not ready and using poor form can lead to injuries. Again, this not a problem with CrossFit; it is general fitness concept. If you are mindful of what is happening in the moment, don't overdo it and use proper form, then you will be just fine.
Question #2: Are herbal supplements and non-regulated ingredients safe? How do we educate men about them?
Answer: Some supplements are useful for specific problems. The problem with supplements is that there is no regulation and, therefore, no guarantee of quality or safety. Additionally, there is often little or no evidence a supplement is more effective than a placebo. In general, our nutritional needs should be met through our diet. Eating a variety of healthy foods is the only thing any of us should need to maintain adequate nutrition.
Question #3: How do you feel about the more protein, less plant-based eating trend?
Answer: I am generally not a big fan of eating more protein for the sake of eating more protein. If you are in a fitness program and trying to build or maintain muscle mass, eating more protein than normal is necessary. For most people, the better approach is to use standard ratios between protein, fat and carbohydrates, and further, choose lean animal proteins or plant protein over red meats.
Question #4: Are sports drinks and nutritious energy-bars good for you?
Answer: No. Sports drinks are an OK method of replacing electrolyes. However, they also have a lot of sugar. If you are active, an occasional sports drink is ok to rehydrate, but the healthier choice is the same volume of water.
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Some energy bars are a great snack. While they do tend to be higher in calories, they also tend to be high in protein and fiber and, therefore, help maintain satiety which can reduce additional snacking, meal sized and your overall calorie intake.
Last Updated: October 13, 2015