Healthy Bodies
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • March 2014
Written by  Karmen Nenahlo

Expert answers to your health and wellness questions — How to reduce sodium intake and how circuit training works

Question: My physician has recommended that I reduce my daily sodium intake. What are some simple ways to do this?

Answer: Sodium is added to everything from pasta sauces and condiments to frozen foods, so it’s no surprise that the average adult consumes 3,400 mg of sodium per day. Many organizations, such as the American Heart Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recommend that adults limit their sodium intake to no more than 2,300 mg per day to improve overall health. Reducing your sodium intake can be done with a few small changes in your diet. Purchase low-sodium or sodium-free varieties of your usual pantry items such as soup stocks, sauces and canned vegetables. Limit the use of processed and frozen foods. Limit your intake of condiments such as dill pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce and salad dressing. And finally when cooking, instead of salt, reach for lemon juice, citrus juices, dried spices and vinegar to add flavor to your food. Making one (or all) of these changes will reduce your daily sodium intake by hundreds of milligrams. As a bonus, become a ‘label sleuth’ — it’s really as simple as reviewing the food labels to note the sodium an item contains to help you make a healthier choice.


Question: Can you please explain what circuit training is?

Answer: Circuit training is a form of body conditioning where you perform an exercise for a period of time and then move on to another exercise. Typically, you’ll perform each exercise for 30-60 seconds and have 15-30 seconds to transition to the next exercise. Once you complete all the exercises in the circuit, you’ll rest and repeat the circuit again. On the fitness floor in a gym setting, a specific group of weight training machines may be set in a formation so you can move smoothly from one machine to another. In a group fitness setting, you’ll find stations of exercises placed around the room. Circuits can be strength exercises only, or a combination of strength and cardio exercises and are usually set up with eight to 12 stations. Circuit training is fast-paced, fun and great for anyone who is busy and wants to combine strength and cardio. 

Karmen Nenahlo is with Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest 24/7 co-ed fitness franchise. For more information, visit

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