Exercise has its obvious perks — helping to improve cardiovascular strength, build and maintain a lean, mean body and provide natural energy. But did you know exercise can also cause damage to the body, inside and out? It’s true…but only if you let it be.
When an athlete falls in love with a non-athlete…it can be a match made in heaven. But if you’re the athlete in the relationship, it may break your heart to balance training, recovery and quality time with your partner and end up falling short (there aren’t enough hours in the day!). You’ll be happy to know that you can win them over with just a few romantic gestures up your sleeve.
We all want to gain fat-burning, lean muscle, but in order to do so we have to feed our muscles protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the foods you eat, your body’s ability to make new protein slows down, and it may even break down existing protein (i.e. muscle tissue) in order to supply its needs. If your body starts breaking down its own muscle tissue, your metabolism slows down further, which results in burning fewer calories and fat.
Sweat…happens. It’s the sign of a great workout for many of us, although not everyone sweats the same way. Maybe you sweat less while weight training than you do during a cardio workout session. But that doesn’t mean your body isn’t working just as hard.
You probably know that whey protein isolate is more pure and potent than whey concentrate. But there’s more than one “whey” to look at your protein powder. Fitness expert Nicole Wilkins shares her favorite whey protein powder and why it’s a better formula than the one you’re using now.
Q: Do you have any tips to help prepare or warm up for an intense training session?
Brandon Marsh answers:
A: Warming up is important before ANY training session. You’re probably thinking that you don’t have time to warm up and cool down. But starting on cold muscles could hurt you (literally) in the long run. Because warming up is a form of exercise, you can view it as an extension of your workout. Do yourself a favor and implement my three “Es” of an effective warm up, especially before an intense training day. I promise these are quick and “eeeasy.”
If you train heavy and aren’t supplementing with branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), you’re missing out on many muscle-building benefits. In this video, fitness expert Nicole Wilkins offers four strong arguments that will make you a believer in these essential amino acids.
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