This blog offers tips to help you boost energy, gain strength, balance work with rest, and live healthier than ever.
Gym-goers have fallen in love with all the wrong exercises. Particularly if you work a desk job, the three worst exercises you can do are bench presses, arm curls, and stationary cycling. You might be thinking, "But that's my whole workout."
Working all day in a seated position results in short hip flexors, short pecs, and short biceps. This is due to the posture adopted while seated with your hips flexed, arms bent, and shoulders forward. And it's also why Americans suffer from so much neck and back pain.
If you go to the gym, your objective should be to reverse the effects of hours of seated posture not magnify it. Instead, most people go to the gym and magnify the problem. Bench presses further shorten pecs, curls reinforce the flexed arm position, and 30 minutes on the bike further shortens the hip flexors.
When the food is flowing, save your waistline by applying the recent findings of Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab. He studied 213 adults as they tackled various all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets and spotted many differing trends in those that turned their dinner into a binge-fest compared to folks who managed to eat appropriate size portions. The following behaviors were rarely performed by the overweight crowd, which led them to overeat.
Looking to buy a new car? Do yourself a huge favor and pass on rides with heated seats. German researchers, writing in the journal Fertility and Sterility, found that sitting for 90 minutes on a heated car seat significantly increased men’s scrotal temperatures. And as the heat warms up your testicles, your sperm quality cools off and becomes damaged, potentially hurting your ability to successfully place a bun in your wife’s oven. If you’ve got a car with heated seats, keep them turned off.
Regardless of the season, make it a point to spend time with nature, whether that means going skiing, hiking, or the like.
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that volunteers who spent time in nature before tackling memory tests scored significantly higher than when they were stuck in an urban environment prior to testing.
We all want to maintain our athletic abilities into old age, but to do so, you'll have to keep not only your muscles, but also your bones in tip-top shape.
According to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can keep your skeleton strong. The reason being that adults who consume the healthy foods experience a boost in their levels of alkali, a salt that is excreted from bone during the aging process, causing your bones to become brittle.
You may feel like having to hit the gym is a daily headache, but not fulfilling your exercise needs can actually cause a serious head-banging session, according to a new study out of Norway.
Talk about feel-good music: Listening to the right songs provides cardio protection against heart attacks and stroke.
In the new study, which was presented at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific meetings, researchers asked adults to select tracks that made them feel good. Interestingly, their blood flow increased by 26 percent while they listened to their tunes-of-choice when compared to silence. It’s about the same gain seen after aerobic activity, found the researchers, who were out of the University of Maryland.
You're bound to encounter stumbling blocks along the road to a leaner body, but the right strategies will help you navigate your way through the most challenging times. In the Q&As that follow, the specialists from Athletes' Performance address common weight loss obstacles, like a slowing metabolism, food cravings, and trouble spots, so you can keep burning fat and reach your performance goals.
Know what your heart can handle, because if you push it too hard, it may not beat back. When German scientists examined factors associated with a sudden heart attack in 1,301 patients, they found that a person’s risk of attack was increased 5.7-fold within 2 hours of a bout of strenuous exercise and 1.6-fold within 2 hours of moderate exertion.
The more you weigh, the more likely you are to have a heart attack earlier in life, highlights a new study out of Duke.
When cardiologists studied data on more than 111,000 people who had suffered infarctions, they found that those with a BMI of 30 or higher experienced their attack up to 12 years earlier than their counterparts.
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