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  1. The Best Thing to Eat Before a Workout? Maybe Nothing at All

    But these efforts obviously have focused on sports performance. Far less has been known about how meal timing and exercise might affect general health. So for the new study, which was published this month in The American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers from the University of Bath in England decided to home in on relatively average people and their fat cells.

  2. Women, Hormones, Metabolism & Energy Expenditure

    When it comes to optimal endurance exercise performance, fuel source and utilization play a major role in success. The contribution and expenditure of fats and carbohydrates for the synthesis of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) during exercise are regulated by several factors, including activity, duration and intensity, as well as the person’s...

  3. Food and Addiction: The Dopamine Made Me Do It

    Two human behaviors explain why we’re still here: engaging in sex and consuming food. Both are inextricably linked by dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with reward and pleasure. It’s what motivates us to read all three volumes of Fifty Shades of Grey or to inhale a plate of mom’s homemade oatmeal raisin cookies. To date, p...

  4. 3 Ways to Be Successful on Your Own Terms

    Carla Birnberg Carla is a writer, editor and social media consultant. Her health philosophy (and life motto) is, "fitness isn't about fitting in." Her site's tagline "ucapologetically myself" has inspired thousands to pursue goals in their own way.

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  5. Sample Class: Functional Strength for Older Adults

    Baby Boomers are constantly bombarded with promises to lift, tighten and rejuvenate their bodies and “turn back the clock.” Truthfully, fitness professionals can roll back the clock for older participants! When you improve strength and stability, you increase functionality and combat the effects of sarcopenia (age-related muscle loss).

  6. Too Much Work Can Pack On the Pounds

    Do you have a schedule that requires you to work more than forty hours per week, leaving you exhausted at the end of every workday? If so, go weigh yourself. If the number on the scale is higher than you believe it should be, you can probably blame your busy schedule for contributing to your excess weight.

  7. Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

    We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

  8. The Best Homemade Ginger Tea Ever

    To make a good ginger tea, all you need is fresh ginger and filtered water. The rest of the ingredients are optional, but it might taste better with a little honey in it, as well a splash of fresh lemon juice.

  9. Corrective Exercise for Shoulder Impairments

    Movie stars, athletes and brides-to-be work hard to develop shoulders that are aesthetically pleasing, and shoulders are an integral part of the big somatic “picture.” However, there is much more going on in this area than meets the eye. The shoulder complex involves more than one joint, and healthy, functional shoulders are more desira...

  10. Eating Or Fasting For Fat Loss: A Controversy Resolved

    Paoli, A., et al. 2011. Exercising fasting or fed to enhance fat loss? Influence of food intake on respiratory ratio and excess postexercise oxygen consumption after a bout of endurance training. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 21 (1), 48–54.

  11. Food Fight! A Healthy Food Face-Off

    As a dietitian, I’m a vociferous proponent of both strawberries and raspberries. You see, reams of studies are proving that berries are at the top of the functional-fruit heap, deliciously promoting wellness with a huge wallop of antioxidants. But what if you had to fret over choosing just one?

  12. Diaphragmatic Breathing’s Influence on Core Stability and Neck Pain

    Everyone from elite athletes to average clients can benefit from learning more about breathing or reprogramming the way they breathe. More specifically, by teaching them techniques that emphasize diaphragmatic breathing, you will help them meet their exercise goals.

  13. Eating a Better Breakfast

    The alarm rings and you press “snooze” one time too many. By the time you roll out of bed, you think it’s too late for break- fast so you don’t eat. While some people do skip breakfast on a regular basis, it’s not a good idea. The potential perils include a more sluggish metabolism as the body shifts into starvation-re...

  14. Clients Not Seeing Results? Research Has Solutions

    Trainers love responders. These clients succeed immediately and continue month after month, losing weight, gaining strength, slicing off inches, normalizing hypertension, improving cholesterol levels, sleeping better and feeling better overall. Then there are nonresponders. They hire trainers, have good intentions, train regularly and try as ha...

  15. 10-day Total-body Jumpstart

    Whether you want to get back into a regular fitness routine or look your best before a big event, this 10-day high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program can help jumpstart your efforts by revving up both your workouts and your metabolism.

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