Your muscles use fat as their primary fuel source during low to moderate intensity exercise. That’s the “fat burning” effect of exercise. Fat cells also have other functions that impact your risk for obesity and other health problems. Some research shows regular exercise helps fat cells function more effectively to release stored fat. Find out how fat cells are impacted by physical activity.
Of course, you do your best to avoid injury but sometimes it happens anyway. You want to feel better as quickly as possible. Is heat or ice the best option? This article discusses when ice is most appropriate and when heat is your best bet for easing the discomfort of a fitness injury.
When it’s cold outside, it’s tempting to curl up on the couch and munch on comfort food. Good nutrition is important all year round and maybe more so in the winter when you’re less active and flu viruses abound. Here are some nutritional tips to help you get through the winter without illness or weight gain.
You can take a variety of approaches to strength training. Varying the approach you use can help you avoid plateaus where you stop making strength gains. One popular approach is pyramid training. You can approach pyramid training in two different ways – traditional pyramid training and reverse pyramid training. This article discusses the reverse pyramid method and whether it offers advantages over the traditional approach.
One thing that becomes less “sharp” with age is memory. Fortunately, a healthy lifestyle helps prevent those “memory slips” that come with age. You already know aerobic exercise has brain benefits. Now a new study shows another form of exercise, resistance training, improves memory recall. Best of all, even a single session offers benefits. Get the full scoop.
Compression garments are popular among athletes and fitness buffs of all types. They’re fun to wear, but do these sports garments offer other benefits? Find out what research shows about compression clothing, whether wearing it can improve exercise performance or help with recovery.
Scientists believe they’ve identified a portion of the brain that motivates people to exercise. Find out more about this discovery and possible reasons why some people are more enthusiastic than others about the prospect of working out. Then find out how to overcome these obstacles so you can reach your health and fitness goals.
Hunger can be a tough beast to tame, especially if you’re eating the wrong foods. This article discusses the role each macronutrient plays in controlling hunger. Find out which macronutrients are most satiating and how to change the composition of your diet to keep hunger at bay.
How old are you from a fitness standpoint? A group of researchers believe aerobic capacity, or V02 max, is the best measure of what your fitness age is. They’ve even developed a “fitness age” calculator that anyone can use to see how old they are from a health and fitness standpoint. Find out more.
You work out regularly and give it your best effort. Great work! But what do you do the rest of the day? If you’re trying to control your weight, sedentary behaviors make it harder. This article discusses eight ways to burn more calories each day even when you’re not actively exercising.