When do you usually work out? Certain types of people may be best suited to working out first thing in the morning. How do you know if that applies to you? Here are four types of people who benefit most from working out in the morning.
Cancer is a frightening diagnosis and one most people want to avoid. Fortunately, lifestyle factors count when it comes to lowering your risk for this common disease. Now scientists have identified a brain protein that helps keep cancer in check and it’s influenced by lifestyle, especially your sleep patterns. Read on to find out more about this cancer protective protein.
Having problems getting biceps definition? It’s not always easy for women to get their biceps muscles to “pop,” but it is possible with training and good nutrition. Discover 6 tips for building strong, more defined biceps.
When you first started weight training, you probably stuck to mostly full range-of-motion reps, but as you progress you may look for ways to work your muscles differently in hopes of gaining more strength. One alternative is to do partial reps where you work a muscle or muscle group through only a portion of its range-of-motion. Are there benefits to doing this?
What role does “mind power” play in strength development? More than you might think. Find out what role your brain plays in becoming stronger and how to use that knowledge to your advantage.
Probiotics are gut-friendly bacteria that offer health benefits. Good sources are yogurt with live cultures and other fermented foods like miso, tempeh and sauerkraut. What you may be less familiar with are prebiotics, the “food” probiotic need to survive. Find out more about the benefits of adding prebiotics to your diet and what the best sources are.
With all the hype about protein, you might worry that you aren’t getting enough. In America, it is rare to be protein deficient. However, not all sources of protein are created equal and some choices might not be good ones for a healthy diet. Understanding what protein is, where it’s found and why it’s important is a good first step in making sure you are getting what you need for good health.
Heart disease – it’s the leading cause of death and a disease that’s greatly impacted by diet and lifestyle. Eating whole foods and cutting back on sugar and two steps you can take to lower your risk. Research also suggests that three nutrients may be especially important for keeping heart disease at bay.
Muscles grow in response to progressive overload, but sometimes muscle growth and strength gains stall. One way to avoid this problem is to periodize your workouts. Find out more about periodization – what it is, what the benefits are and why it works.
You have two main types of muscle fibers – those adapted to strength and power and those best suited for endurance activities. You’re born with a certain ratio of these fibers, and the ratio you have may be a factor in how strong you are or how much endurance you have – but are these fibers “fixed” or can you change the ratio through training? Find out what research shows.