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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle

Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
March 7, 2018

Why you need mobility drills in your workout

The goal of exercising is to be in the best shape you can be. To get the most out of your training, your body needs to be able to move, bend, twist – in other words, you have to be relatively flexible. Not to worry if you’re not as bendy as a gymnast! Flexibility and mobility can be trained. Mobility refers to your ability to move freely without stress on the body. Being flexible depends on the range of motion (ROM) of your muscles. For example: if you can actively lift your leg up high, you are mobile: you need…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 25, 2017

How temperature affects your running performance

'It’s too cold.' 'It’s too windy.' 'It’s too wet outside.' If you’ve used one of these excuses to skip your daily run, you may be missing out on your best body yet. Research shows that running in cool weather is good for your heart and waistline, and can improve your athletic performance. Cool Runnings When you run, your body produces heat. For your body to maintain a constant temperature, it must get rid of this excess heat. It does this by increasing the amount of blood transported to the surface of your skin (that’s what gives you those rosy cheeks)…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 23, 2017

Fitness fads that don’t work

It promised to blast away the fat, tone your arms, and give you a six pack overnight. All you’re left with is a receipt for the machine… Exercise fads are big business, and probably more popular than ever as we live in the age of social media where looks are all-important. Everyone’s striving for the perfect body, in the fastest time possible. The bottom line though, say experts, is that the fads don’t work. Diet and fitness trends are transient and seldom give long-lasting results. Cape Town coach, Roland Jungwirth points out that exercise “programming” is more than just exercise…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 17, 2017

Battle of the sexes in the gym

The book title goes, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and it may be true at the gym too. When it comes to working out, gender plays a distinctive role in how we work out. Research by Weight Watchers and published in Weight Watchers She Loses, He Loses: The Truth about Men, Women, and Weight Loss, found that men and women have different attitudes to weight loss and fitness. More men believe that exercise is enough to slim down, while women take more practical approaches by combining diet with fitness. One of the key areas of differentiation was…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 16, 2017

How to train like an astronaut

If you think astronauts have a cushy job, just floating around aimlessly in space… think again! These men and women are some the strongest people in the world. They spend a lot of time in micro-gravity (weightlessness), which can be hard on the human body. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), micro-gravity can cause your muscles and bones to deteriorate. So, to protect against the damaging effects of space travel, astronauts need to stay fit and healthy. Wondering how they do it? Try these NASA-approved exercises for stellar fitness. For an astronaut core In space, muscles get…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 8, 2017

Why running isn’t helping you lose weight

You run every day, but it isn’t showing on the scale. What’s the deal? Unfortunately, running isn’t a magic bullet for weight loss. Sure, it burns more calories than any other form of exercise (360 to 380 calories per 30 minutes!), but it won’t automatically give you a leaner physique – especially if you push yourself too hard. The more you exercise, the more your body naturally tries to compensate by altering your metabolism through protective mechanisms designed to prevent starvation and indefinite weight loss. “The human body has a good capability for regulating its bodyweight,” explains Glenn Gaesser, professor…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
July 1, 2017

How and when exercise is bad for you

Exercise seems to be the answer for everything. But could you ever get too much of a good thing? Of course. Here are the ways in which training can be bad for you: Exercising while you’re sick Why it’s bad for you Don't exercising while you’re not feeling 100%. When you have a fever, your heart must work extra hard to help you cool down. By adding exercise to the mix, can overheat your body. Furthermore, some viruses that infect your nose and throat can also infect your heart muscle. By exercising with a viral infection, your heart muscle can…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 29, 2017

Cut 9 years from your age

Regular exercise boasts an impressive list of benefits. It keeps your heart and brain healthy, boosts your mood and strengthens your muscles and bones. But new evidence suggests that certain types of exercise can also help keep you younger. The impact of ageing on the body Besides a bit of grey hair and the odd wrinkle, there are several changes that happen inside the body as you get older. Two of these changes are: Telomeres get shorter Telo – whats? Telomeres are the protein endcaps of your chromosomes (DNA). They're like your biological clock and they're very closely correlated with…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
May 20, 2017

Start your morning with a bang!

Kick off those blankets and don’t even think of hitting the snooze button! Get your day started on a high with a bout of exercise. Morning glory Doing any workout will jump-start your mornings. It’s also helpful to work out first thing and tick the task off your list, allowing you to coast through the rest of the day. Some studies point out that exercising in the morning allows for a clearer focus on the day ahead. Exercising boosts endorphins and other mood-elevating substances which help lift your spirits. Exercising early in the morning also regulates your appetite for the…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
May 9, 2017

Exercise like someone half your age

Think back to when you were in your teens or twenties. You were fit and flexible, and ready to take on any physical challenge. Now you’re a little older and your body isn’t quite as resilient and can’t share the same sentiment. The good news is that you can still exercise. In fact, regular exercise will give your body the boost it needs to stay strong and supple and help you get through normal daily activities. Try these quick wins and enjoy the benefits. Flexibility Your muscles, ligaments, and tendons weaken as you age. Cartilage, the connective tissue that cushions…
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