Numerous studies have long established the many benefits of regular exercise, such as building strength and losing weight. Working out also promises cardiovascular advantages, although the exact way in which exercise benefits the heart still needs to be explored and understood, especially on the cellular level. A recent study however suggests that exercise increases the protein in the mitochondria, resulting in improved cardiovascular health.
The study, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, highlighted preliminary findings that exercise increases the protein content in the heart cells’ mitochondria - a structure that produces energy needed by the body. But before we delve into the mechanism of how this happens, let us first take a look at mitochondria.
Hormones have a lot to answer for! Busy passing messages on around the body, it's important that they work well together in a balanced and organized way. If one hormone steps out of line then all types of physical and mental chaos can ensue, such as issues with weight, mood, and libido, to name but a few, not to mention growth and development. Hormones that aren't balanced are believed to play a huge part in a variety of life-challenging illnesses such as endometriosis. What's important is to lead a lifestyle to inspire hormonal balance!
Your body is a complex biological machine that is so amazing that it deserves all the extra care you can give it. Your body needs to do what comes naturally and that is move, stretch, and basically exercise so you can achieve optimal functional fitness.
So, you're seriously considering some dedicated one-on-one personal training to finally get your fitness on the fast track. Well if you're about to sign up, this probably means you have have focus, clarity and single-minded determination, but don't forget, you still need to be armed with the right information. It's easy to forget to ask your new trainer some of those essential questions before your training sessions start.
When you're first looking at the merits of personal training it all seems like you're getting into a win-win situation fitness-wise. But it is worth weighing up all the elements before you sign on the bottom line. We've all been in that situation when you commit to something, be it a purchase or a training program, where you suddenly realize that you're missing some pretty vital information. So follow our simple check-list of 10 questions to ask your personal trainer to ensure he/she is going to help you get the results you are looking for:
One of the most popular stereotypes related to teens is that they world-class sleepers, capable of sleeping nearly the whole day away. While most people attribute a teen’s sleeping pattern to laziness, what they may not know is that teenagers have a different body clock compared to adults and children. Therefore, fitness activities should be patterned around this to motivate them to keep fit.
Before you chastise your teenager and force them to go to sleep at 9 in the evening, perhaps you should first understand a teenager’s body clock.
In 'Getting ripped!' we looked at what abs are and also the benefits of working on your six-pack. It's not about vanity - although let's face it rippling abs look pretty good - but also about the body benefits strong abdominals bring, such as better breathing, flexibility, greater range of motion and movement, not to mention stability and core strength. The question now is "how?"
For many men, the image of a perfect male body with hard-as abs and a washboard stomach can seem like a fantasy ideal, reserved for pinup models and celebrities with their cosmetic surgeries and on-location personal trainers. However, there's nothing stopping your average man from creating a more-defined torso and getting ripped in the process. All you need is a firm strategy and some fitness know-how: