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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle

Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 9, 2018

How your breathing affects your workout

Did you know you can improve your health just by learning how to breathe properly? Correct breathing improves your health and fitness by optimising oxygenation (the addition of oxygen in your body), lowering your blood pressure, reducing stress and balancing your nervous systems. Breathing properly can also help lower the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, and release mood-boosting hormones like serotonin. This can improve your athletic performance, mental focus and enhance brain health. Are you breathing correctly? During your workout, breathe through your nose to help you improve performance, endurance, post-exercise energy levels, and even your ability to metabolise fat.…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
June 18, 2018

The best ways to boost your metabolism

Making the right choices about your diet is a daily struggle for many. Occasional takeaway meals, crash diets, eating too much or too little can leave you feeling very anxious and conflicted as to what your body actually needs to function at its best. Understand how your metabolism works, and you’ll be on your way to boosting your health and speeding up your weight loss. What is metabolism? Your metabolism sums up everything your body does. Every time you eat or drink, enzymes (protein molecules) in your body's cells break down the food and turn it into energy. This energy…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
April 20, 2018

This treatment can make you smart and ease depression

Do you wish you could become smarter before your final exams? Exercise may be the ticket! According to Professor Ronald Duman from Yale University, chronic stress, anxiety and depression are linked to the loss of neurons, the cells that make up the pathways that send messages from your brain to your body. He found that exercise is linked to the growth of new neurons. Dr John Ratey, author of Spark; The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain says that exercise can improve your brain in the short term by increasing your level of focus for two to three…
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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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