METABOLISM- How do we increase it? Why is it important? What exactly is it? Although the human metabolic system is fairly complicated, understanding it is crucial to understanding how to lose weight and improve your health.
Your metabolism – does it have to slow down to a crawl as you age? The amount of energy you expend each day can be broken down into your resting metabolic rate, energy expended from digesting and breaking down food and energy burned through physical activity. Resting metabolic consists of basal metabolic rate, the energy required to maintain vital functions and the additional energy required to maintain a waking state.
It’s an unfortunate fact that most people who lose a significant amount of weight gain a significant amount of it back over time. Statistics show that up to 90% of people who lose weight regain it back within 5 years. Why is weight maintenance so difficult?
Is looking good in a swimsuit not enough motivation to send you running to the gym? Well, what if working out could add years to your life? Exercise is not only a healthy habit, it could add years to your life and keep you functional even into your twilight years. What is the link between exercise and longevity?
If you run, you’re at a high risk for shin splints, a condition that causes pain, tenderness and sometimes swelling around the bone that runs down the front of the calf called the tibia. Shin splints are a common complaint among runners when they first hit the track or pavement, especially if they try to do too much too quickly. Fortunately, there are steps to take to avoid being sidelined from shin pain. Here’s how to avoid shin splints if you run.
Do you dream of having a lightning fast metabolism to burn off calories as fast as you take them in? Lots of unscrupulous marketers play on this desire by marketing diet pills that claim to give your metabolism a boost. Unfortunately, there’s usually more hype than substance behind these claims. There’s little doubt that metabolism plays a role in weight control, but there are still lots of myths about it. Here are some common metabolism myths debunked.
The pain from a stress fracture often starts off as slight and goes away in as little as an hour after completing a workout. If ignored, a stress fracture in the foot or leg can completely stop an athlete or a home exerciser from participating in any workout activity involving foot impact and possibly end training for a triathlon, marathon, or other sporting event.
There are two basic types of body shapes, and it’s important know which type you are. That’s because research shows your risk for health problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes is related to your body type. In fact, body shape appears to be a better predictor of future health problems than a person’s weight or BMI. Fortunately, it’s easy to determine your shape using a tape measure.
Many people who are trying to lose weight have learned to dread the treadmill. They spend countless hours grinding away with steady-state cardio workouts. Although this is one way to achieve your weight loss goals, it is actually not the most efficient. Research has shown that a strategy known as high-intensity interval training is actually much more beneficial.
The average workout at www.BekahFit.com is about 30 minutes. This article explains why intensity is better and more effective than duration.
If exercise is good for losing weight, more must be better, right? Not according to new research carried out at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
Researchers divided 60 overweight men into two groups. Both groups exercised at a moderate pace by either running or cycling. The only difference was the amount of time they exercised. One group exercised at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes a day while the other group worked out for a full hour. During the study researchers followed their body weights closely. At the end of the 13 weeks study, the group who worked out for 60 minutes a day lost an average of 6 pounds. Surprisingly, the group that only sweated 30 minutes a day lost more weight. On average, they lost 8 pounds.
Some people would rather miss a meal or their favorite television show than miss a workout. You probably know some runners who refer to their passion for running as an “addiction.” Some bodybuilders approach their weight training sessions with the same degree of enthusiasm. To miss a workout to them would be worse than missing a night of sleep. When people who exercise say they’re addicted, is there any science behind it? Can exercise be addicting?