Aerobic exercise and resistance training both change the structure of your heart, but in slightly different ways. After about three months of regular endurance exercise, the left ventricle in your heart begins to enlarge by dilating. Over time, the left ventricular wall becomes slightly thicker as well.
After losing weight, you need a sound nutritional and exercise strategy to keep from undoing all your hard work. How much you eat matters but so does the composition of your diet. Find out what a new study shows about diet composition and weight maintenance.
Whether we look it or not, cells age. Still, you do have some control over how quickly the cells inside your body age. A new study shows a simple lifestyle change, sitting less, could help slow down the cellular aging process. Find out how exercise, even unstructured exercise you do throughout the day, keeps cells young.
It happens to everyone. You splurge on something “off limits” like a piece of cake or an ice cream sundae. How likely is it that your unexpected splurge will lead to weight gain? Not as high as you might think. A new study shows an occasional splurge meal won’t hurt you and probably has benefits. Find out more.
Are you quick to reach for a bottle of ibuprofen when you’re sore from a workout? Ibuprofen, and other NSAID, and exercise don’t always mix. In fact, taking these medications regularly during exercise carries health risks. Find out what these risks are.
Why do people enjoy junk food so much – and can you really change your tastes so you like healthier fare? A new study suggests you can. Get the scoop on junk food, why it’s so “habit forming” and how to wean yourself off of it.
Your lifestyle and the diet you eat affect your health on so many levels – it can even affect your genes. Find out what recent research shows about dietary choices and how they impact genes that affect body weight and the risk for disease are expressed. You’ll also find out why it’s important to be consistent with your lifestyle changes.
Ever wonder if you’re eating more calories than you think you are? Hidden calories hide in lots of foods and beverages and make it hard to control your weight. Discover five common sources of hidden calories and how to keep them off of your plate.
Mitochondria play are powerful energy producers inside cells. These tiny organelles are easily damaged by exposure to free radicals. This damage may play a role in aging. Until more is known, the best way to keep your mitochondria healthy is to do regular physical exercise, aerobic and a combination of aerobic and resistance training. Top it off with a healthy, antioxidant-rich diet that’s free of processed foods. Can’t go wrong with that!
How much time to you devote to strength training relative to cardio? For some people, the ratio is far too low. This article discusses what happens to your body when you do cardiovascular exercise without devoting time to strength training.