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Fitness Trainer January/February 2017

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Calcium is not only needed for strong bones, but it also supports muscle contraction, in turn preventing muscle cramps. Calcium is found in a variety of foods such as milk, yogurt, cheese, and sardines. Luckily, it's also found in plant-based foods such as kale, broccoli, and bok choy. CalCium: This amino acid derivative is found only in meat and fish, making it hard for vegans and most vegetarians to consume. Fortunately, creatine can be attained in supplement form, in turn aiding in muscle energy and increased performance in high-intensity, short-duration exercise. Creatine: This mineral's primary function is oxygenation of bodily tissues. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, a condition that impairs the body's ability to produce healthy red blood cells; resulting in severe weakness, fatigue and shortness of breath in and out of the gym. Iron is found in both animal and plant-based foods, such as leafy greens and beans. iron: A.J. Brye, is a New York City based National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. With 10-plus years in the Fitness and Athletic Industry, A.J. develops fitness programs that are functional and complement anyone's lifestyle, in turn making daily life more enjoyable. Anthonybrye@gmail.com

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