Search for Health Information You Need

Archive | Physical Exercise

Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Calculation and its Applications

The Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories you would burn per day if you did nothing all day. To lose weight, you should burn off more calories than you ingest. You can burn off calories by doing any type of activity (physical or mental) and you will actually burn off calories naturally just by doing nothing, even when asleep. Knowing your basal metabolic rate will help you determine how many calories you […]

How to Treat Osteoarthritis and Relieve its Symptoms

Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis, a progressive, debilitating disease that involves inflammation of joints and requires medical attention. Although it has no ultimate cure, with the right treatments its potentially crippling effects can be halted and even reversed. Besides osteoarthritis, other common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. If you are over 65, odds are even that you are suffering from some form of arthritis. It may be […]

No Pain No Gain or Train Low, Perform High

It has long being believed that providing key nutrients for maximal physiological performance was the best possible nutritional approach to support endurance training. A good example is the isotonic carbohydrate fluid replacement that was thought to keep top athletes going 33% longer. For exercise periods over 60 minutes long, administration has led to postponing the onset of fatigue and improving endurance performance. Carbohydrates provided a much needed fuel substrate, sparing muscle and liver glycogen and […]

The role of Magnesium and Zinc in Bodybuilding Supplements

Although there is a vast array of supplements targeted at the sporting community simply absurd in their claims, we are going to have a closer look at one product called ZMA, citing less grandiose claims, accompanied by plausible explanations, to see whether there is merit in such claims. ZMA (30mg zinc monomethionine aspartate, 450mg magnesium aspartate and 10.5mg vitamin B6, which is added in order to improve absorption of zinc and magnesium) is mostly targeted […]

Glutamine Supplementation and Overtraining

It is common to see supplement manufactures making unrealistic claims when promoting their products, trying to impress us with a few links referring to some recent research papers to support their statements. A good example is glutamine targeted at the weight lifting and bodybuilding community to help them build more muscle. Glutamine happens to be the most abundant free amino acid in our body, comprising 40% of muscle amino acid content and 20% in the […]

Exercise and Free Radicals Formation

It is a generally accepted fact that exercise is good for our health. However, its wide-ranging health benefits are being partially offset by a dramatic increase in free radical activity in the body. This rise in free radical formation is directly linked to the increase in physical activity. Free radicals are unstable substances and their excess production is involved in a multitude of ailments, including cardiovascular, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases as well as cancer, emphysema […]

We Are in Dire Need of Physical Exercise

Forget running. The latest research shows that nearly two thirds of us do not even meet the minimum exercise recommendations for walking. With minimum activity levels defined as 30 minutes of physical activity with moderate-intensity on at least five days a week or 20 minutes of physical activity with vigorous-intensity on at least three days a week, or an equivalent combination, nearly 55% of people in the Western World fail to reach the criteria. As […]

« Older posts