Athletes tend to be focused on meeting goals, crossing finish lines and winning the game. They’re driven, motivated, hardworking individuals who press boundaries to reap rewards. All the physical activity often hits their bodies hard, causing issues from achy muscles to blisters to dehydration. They have special skincare needs, too, and may need to care for their complexions a bit differently than others.
The Fitness Edge is not just about fitness and nutrition. It’s about performing better and more efficiently in every aspect of life. That’s why I want to discuss a part of your body you might be neglecting: your brain. Beyond a solid nutrition program and exercising regularly, there are a few natural ways you can support brain power. If you want to nourish your brain with nutrients that promote healthy memory, better mood and more, here are some supplements you should know about.
Gaining lean muscle mass may be THE reason you’re putting in all that time at the gym. If so, you already know: achieving a muscular physique isn’t easy. Many factors will come into play in determining the eventual outcome of your success, and you’ll probably need to make more than a few changes along the way. One of these is paying more attention to form—and to your repetition ranges.
Gaining muscle without gaining excess fat can be challenging, but it’s achievable with the right nutrition strategy. Beginners can experience significant improvements in muscle growth and fat loss simultaneously as their bodies adapt to new exercise stressors. Unfortunately, accomplishing both of these goals at once becomes increasingly difficult as conditioning levels advance. This is why elite-level athletes and bodybuilders dedicate specific periods of time to one goal: either gain muscle, or lose fat.
Getting enough protein can be tough when you’re a vegetarian, especially if you’re on the strict side and fish, eggs or dairy (in addition to beef and chicken) are on the list of foods you don’t eat. Being a vegetarian athlete or active person makes things even trickier because your daily protein needs are going to be higher than those of someone who does not exercise regularly. Although the recommended daily intake of protein varies depending on your age, gender and weight, it’s said active individuals should aim for about a gram of protein per pound of body weight daily.
More than 30 years after they were published, pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infamous bicep peaks continue to motivate gym-goers. You can walk into just about any gym in the country and see people performing Arnold’s signature bicep move – the Dumbbell Concentration Curl – as they envision their biceps growing taller and taller with every repetition. Though the Concentration Curl is a great exercise for developing the two main heads of the bicep, there is an unsung hero here that seldom gets the respect it deserves: the brachialis.
Looking for a quick workout that will burn calories, tone muscle and improve coordination? Pick up a jump rope! Did you know jumping rope at a moderate pace for just 15 to 20 minutes can burn up to 200 calories—that’s almost the amount in a candy bar.
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