With so many books out there telling you how to boost your metabolism and how important it is to do so, the last thing you want to do is slow yours down. Certain diet and lifestyle habits can cause your metabolic rate to drop. Here are some you should know about.
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High-intensity interval training is a fast way to enjoy the benefits of exercise – but what effect does it have on your appetite? Are you likely to compensate for the calories you burned by eating more? Find out what research shows and how to avoid the pitfalls of out-eating your workout.
Gluteal amnesia? Can your glutes really forget how to activate? Yes, they can and it’s common in people who sit too much. Find out what causes gluteal amnesia, how it can impact your training and what you can do to correct it.
How important is it to have a “can do” mindset when it comes to getting fit? According to research, how you think is a powerful force for change. Find out the role mindset plays in fitness success and how to cultivate a positive one.
Research recently published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine has shown that one intense exercise session per week coupled with four relaxed exercise sessions offers almost three times the benefit than five relaxed exercise sessions. To put things simply, if you push yourself extra hard in only one workout per week, you will be receiving a far greater fitness benefit than if you work out at the same intensity every day.
Muscles grow in response to overload but changes don’t happen overnight. Each time you lift weights or do any form of resistance training, there’s a lot going on at the cellular level. Find out what goes on inside your muscles after a training session and factors that influence how much muscle growth you can achieve.
Do you hear strange sounds coming from your knees when you do squats? Noisy knees that crack, crackle and pop are a common complaint – but what does it mean? Find out what those noises most likely are due to and whether you should be concerned.
Carbohydrates and fats are the macronutrients your body prefers to use as a fuel source for exercise. How does it “choose” which one to use during a workout? Here are five factors that impact fuel use and selection during a workout.
When you’re trying to develop strength and get your muscles to grow, sometimes you have to shake up your training by using different approaches. One way to do that is with supersets. One type of superset you may not be familiar with is pre and post-exhaust training. Find out what this is and the pros and cons of adding them to your workout.
You need good nutrition to get the most out of a workout. What you eat before a workout will affect how you feel during and after your workout is over. What you eat afterwards can affect how quickly you recover and whether your muscles have the nutrition they need to grow. Here are some tips for timing your pre and post-workout nutrition.