Strong heart

In addition to regular physical activity, weightlifting actually helps promote heart health. According to the CDC, lifting even small weights is also beneficial for increased bone density, coordination and maintaining a healthy weight.

Top 10 calorie searches

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the top 10 searched calorie counts for 2013 were:

  • Egg
  • Banana
  • Beer
  • Oatmeal
  • Sugar
  • Sushi
  • Wine
  • Popcorn
  • Coffee
  • Avocado

Fueling up

Eating before your workout can help provide energy. However, eating too much or too little can harm your routine. Pay attention to these schedules before hitting the gym:

LARGE MEALS– Eat these at least three to four hours before exercising
SMALL MEALS– Eat these at least two to three hours before exercising
SMALL SNACKS– Eat these an hour before exercising

Get up and move

Remaining seated too long can have a serious impact on your health. According to a report published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, men who sit for too long may raise their risk of heart failure, even if they exercise regularly. In men who exercised, those who sat for five or more hours a day were 34 percent more likely to develop heart failure than those who sat for less than two hours. The American Heart Association suggests adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.