While there are many obvious and not-so obvious benefits of exercise, the one that is probably most unknown, because its topic maybe considered taboo, is regarding regularity.
Yes people, I am going there. Sorry. But it is an important issue.
One of the major, yes, I said major benefits of regular exercise is being regular.
Exercising just 20 to 30 minutes a day, coupled with a fiber-rich diet and regular fluid intake, will improve the body’s ability to digest and eliminate waste.
Some foods that are high in fiber include:
apples, peaches, raspberries, tangerines, oranges, pears, and prunes
acorn squash, broccoli, burssels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, and zucchini
Breads, Cereals and Beans:
black-eyed peas, kidney beans, lima beans, and cold as well as hot whole-grain cereals
While water and other liquids have little or no fiber, drinking enough is also key, because dehydration can cause constipation. A good rule of thumb…eight glasses of eight ounces a day, to avoid dehydration. However, refer to previous Body Designs for maximizing fitness goals with water intake.
Your dietary fiber intake is determined by your age and gender. For women ages 19 through 50, the recommended daily fiber intake is 25 grams. Men of the same age should be consuming at least 30 grams a day. After 50, both men and women should consume around 50 grams of fiber. Children need between 5 and 15 grams of fiber depending on their age. However, the average Americans only eats 12 grams or less per day.