Fitness challenge workouts are widespread and common in today’s fitness world. With people having an increased desire not only for physical fitness, but for improved health of their bodies, more time and effort is being spent towards those goals. However, with the seemingly endless increased time demands of family and work, the time demand of exercise gets squeezed. Fitness challenge workouts attempt to burn as many calories as possible into as little time as possible and yet also satisfy the need of exercising many different muscle groups.
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Is oatmeal the magic ingredient to gain muscle mass? What is special about oatmeal that makes a difference and aids the body in improving muscle size and strength? Or is there misplaced emphasis and hype surrounding this food source? To understand how muscle grows, one must know some basics about nutrition. Calories are a measure of energy and while much emphasis is placed on people consuming too many and thus developing excess fat deposits, calories are the fuel for all of the cells of the body. There are only three nutrients that contribute calories to the body, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
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Women often shy away from lifting weights including weight machines for several reasons including:
1. Being built too much like a man: This is physiologically not going to happen. Three factors are necessary to build muscle:
A. High-quality dietary protein in fairly large amounts
B. Correct resistance training
C. Testosterone and lots of it. While women typically have a testosterone level of around 80 mg/dl of blood, necessary in order to rebuild muscle tissue, a man will produce ten times that amount. That is the reason behind the larger frame and muscle mass of men, women couldn’t be built like a man even if that is their choice.
2. Not realizing the necessity of weightlifting or resistance training
3. Being unaware of how to do it correctly
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Running is a great way to lose weight and in particular body fat. Running as an activity falls under the category of aerobic exercise as it:
A. Increases the heart rate!
B. Increase the rate of breathing and thus the amount of oxygen transported to the muscles!
The importance of these two factors is that they enable the body to begin to use body fat as the primary energy source instead of glycogen. In the beginning of your run, stored carbohydrates in the muscle are the energy source. This lasts for about 30 minutes until the amount of glycogen is reduced by 30%
While you can’t measure the reduction by yourself, it occurs when your heart rate –
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