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Fitness and Nutrition Q&A with Jay and Amanda #2

This is a fitness and nutrition advice column written by Jay Priestley and Amanda Les from the Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs North End / Waterfront location. Email your questions to Please check out our website at for more fitness and nutrition tips.

Q: What are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids?

A: Omega-3 fatty acids are heart healthy fats. They have been shown to reduce triglyceride levels, improve circulation, and are important for proper brain function. Salmon, tuna, and mackerel are all great sources of Omega-3’s (grilled, roasted, baked, or broiled of course). But not everyone likes fish. Walnuts, canola and soybean oils, and flaxseed are excellent plant sources.

Q: Is it safe to work out when you are sick?

A: I always ask people how sick are you? A simple case of the sniffles is fine, it can actually help to prevent the sniffles from becoming a full blown cold by quickly boosting your immune system. Anything more than a very mild cold, STAY AWAY FROM THE GYM. Not only will you get sicker, but you will spread germs to everyone else in the gym. Your body needs rest and fluids, not exercise and fluid loss.

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