” If you are thinking “I can’t eat that many fruits and vegetables to get enough of my antioxidants” then you are not alone. There are many different choices on the shelves and if you need to turn to a supplement, I recommend choosing a formula that contains a variety of antioxidants, not just one or two. You should consider the following in your search for an appropriate formula: alpha lipoic acid, grape seed extract, carotenoids, lutein, lycopene, bioflavanoids, turmeric and quercetin.
Take Home Messages Taking into consideration all of the newest research on antioxidants and endurance athletes, there are a few points to consider:
Athletes typically do not eat enough fruits and vegetables to obtain adequate amounts of antioxidants.
Antioxidant supplementation may not be needed in short duration, high-intensity exercise.
In ultra-endurance events, oxidative stress is high and antioxidant levels are compromised.” Thanks USA Triathlon authors!
Coach Dave says – if you train hard – you will not fight those free radicals adequately without natural supplementation (unless you’re a rabbit that can handle 9 servings of vegetables daily).
That said, choose your supplements wisely for their high concentrate of flavonoids and carotenoids that can help you recover -> Banish those free radicals!
I’ll gladly share with you what I take to train harder and recover better for my rowing regimen.
I’ll quote fellow Vermonter Doug Dupont from this link: “As it stands, I suggest athletes should focus solely on dynamic stretching, which may have both warming effects and extended performance-improving effects. I still like passive stretching for sleep, and I think its full day weakening effects might be overstated a bit in the second study. However, it may be wise to keep your passive stretching to a minimum, using it sparingly to assist with sleep at night and when there is no complex workout the next day.”
I’m fortunate to have used the dynamic stretches led Olympic rowers. They advocate dynamic stretching as well – before and after your workouts.
A wife and husband argue about the best way to stay in shape.
And the winner is…
Doing It All
At the same time, though, neither of us can ignore the growing amount of research about fitness and aging. The science is increasingly clear: Older adults need both strength training, to help replenish and maintain the muscle mass and (for women especially) the bone density our bodies lose each year as we age, and cardio to help guard against the risks of clogged arteries in the heart and brain.
No excuses folks – combine weights and aerobic training – six days a week FOREVER.
“Fit at 50 Cuts Cancer Risk for Men Men who demonstrated a high level of physical fitness on a treadmill test at age 50 were much less likely to have developed lung or colorectal cancer 20 years later – and if they did get one of these diseases, they were less likely to die of it than men who were least fit at 50. Not surprisingly, the men who were most fit also had a lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease later in life. Cardiologist Susan Lakoski,M.D., of the University of Vermont and her team tracked more than 17,000 men who took the treadmill tests at age 50. She followed up on their health status more than 20 years later, using Medicare data to see which ones had died or developed lung, colorectal or prostate cancer. The researchers determined that weight was not the issue. Even thin men were observed to have an increased risk of lung and colorectal cancer if they weren’t fit. Fitness was determined by the men’s maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) on the treadmill. There were no significant differences in the prostate cancer risk between the most fit and the least fit men.”
I note, and say hmmm to the non-result for prostate cancer, yet I as a Vermonter won’t challenge a University of Vermont study.
More importantly ->the LOWERED chances for two types of the big C, and the HIGHER chances for beating a big C for elder men ARE related to aerobic fitness.