After 15-20 years of hard training, your body feels different and it may be time to rethink your fitness routine. Joints hurt. Mobility suffers.You may be at a crossroads, but refuse to start taking it “easier”. I get it. For me, I routinely use microcycles (weekly training) or mesocycles (4-6 week blocks) to focus on areas I need to improve, including hypertrophy, strength and speed, and hodge podge exercises.
Unfortunately, vitamin D deficiencies are incredibly common. If you aren’t getting enough of this necessary nutrient, you’re at risk of developing serious health problems. While diet changes and supplements can help, regular sweat sessions outdoors are a great way to boost your vitamin D levels and decrease your risk of disease
With the whole world fighting the affects of COVID-19, many are turning to nutrition as their solution. Is there some hope with the Keto Diet? The reality is much bigger than that and involves improving your Metabolic Health versus traditional “Immune Boosting.”
As we get older, resting metabolic rate (RMR) tends to decrease. This means we are burning fewer calories at rest than we did at a younger age. Decreased activity levels also leads to decreased strength and muscle mass and fat gain (especially in the midsection). The good news: it doesn’t have to be that way. The key to staying out of this cycle is activity. Overall activity levels are important. However, the most effective activity for maintaining and increasing muscle mass is resistance training.
Your circadian rhythm is made up of several physical, mental, and behavioral changes that recur naturally on a 24-hour cycle. Every cell in your body follows this rhythm, as it dictates when they’re most metabolically active, when they produce hormones, and when they repair themselves.
More frequently, families across the US are starting to see a new daily “normal” take shape. During this new, globally accepted normal, there’s one constant that must remain: we must be vigilant in keeping ourselves and our families healthy. In this difficult situation, it’s more important than ever to maintain healthy habits and encourage others to do the same.
As the numbers of Coronavirus cases continue to climb each day, a serious effort is underway to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system. Traditional “immune nutrients” such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc have been talked about at length, but a lesser known amino acid powerhouse also exists that has some very specific benefits for the lungs. Cysteine is an amino acid that is a precursor to glutathione, the body’s most powerful antioxidant which helps support healthy lungs, liver function, detoxification and muscle recovery.
Mitochondria have earned their position as the “powerhouses” of our cells. The energy mitochondria produce is involved in some of the most important biologic processes in our bodies.
Being responsible for most of your body’s functions, your mitochondria have an enormous impact on your health and longevity, specifically as protectors against cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, diabetes, and obesity.
Metabolic Syndrome is a condition that is most often brought on by a diet high in processed foods, high carbohydrates and inactivity, which together causes high blood sugar. High blood sugar can increase chances of infection and slow the healing process – a major concern in light of COVID-19. As America now leads the world in Coronavirus cases, it’s important to note that only 12% of our adult populations are considered to be in good Metabolic Health. We must improve on this statistic, now.
Tracking HRV over time can be a useful tool in identifying imbalances in our autonomic nervous system (ANS), which regulates many aspects of our biology including all aspects of our cardiovascular system like blood pressure, heart rate, etc.
High HRV is associated with better overall health, including greater cardiovascular health and less inflammation in the body. Individuals with a high HRV often have increased fitness capacity.