Category: Exercise

The Science Behind Why Sitting Kills and Walking Heals

Most of us spend a large portion of our days in the seated position.  With our busy modern lives commuting to work and then sitting at a desk all day it can be difficult to avoid.  How bad is it for our health to sit for most of the day? Studies on Sitting and Health The World Health Organization states that "Physical inactivity (lack of physical activity) has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (6% of deaths globally).  Moreover, physical inactivity is Read more [...]

Yoga Mats Off-Gas 108 Different Toxic Chemicals

With increased interest in yoga also comes an increase in the numbers of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) yoga mats sold across the country. Completely at odds with the yoga philosophy of a healthy planet, PVC yoga mats off-gas some 108 different chemicals, which are then breathed in and absorbed through the lungs and skin. Phthalates in Yoga Mats Most yoga mats have a chemical within them called phthalates which are compounds added to plastics to increase their flexibility and durability. A study by Read more [...]

6 Ways Exercise Makes You Smarter

If you think muscles are just for meatheads or gym rats think again! Did you know that just 30 minutes of exercise a day can make you a genius? Ok, you still might not become Einstein but you can get pretty close. Check out the 6 ways that working out can make you smarter: 1. Increases Energy The more you move, the more energized you will feel. Regular physical activity improves your muscle strength and boosts your endurance, giving you the energy you need to think clearer and come up with new Read more [...]

11 Scientific Reasons Why You Need to Jump!

A study conducted by NASA in 1980 concluded that rebound exercise is not only "68% more efficient than jogging", it is also “the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man”.  You’re about to find out why... Today’s Health Clubs are Lacking: Let’s look at what’s missing from today’s health clubs.  They don’t train: 1. The Skeleton 2. Digestive Muscles 3. Eliminative Muscles 4. Eyes/Inner Ears, for balance 5. The Lymph System Rebounding trains Read more [...]

Study: 20 grams of Egg Protein Maximally Stimulates Protein Synthesis Rates

To examine the effect of how different dosages of egg protein powder affected protein synthesis rates; researchers had young healthy men who had previous resistance training experience perform intense resistance exercise and consume a egg protein drink that contained either 5, 10, 20, or 40 grams of egg protein. Interestingly, they found that increasing protein intake stimulated protein synthesis in a dose dependent manner up to 20 g of dietary protein, after which there was no further increase Read more [...]

Study – One Set of Exercise as Effective as Four for Improving Muscular Size, Strength, and Upper-body Power

Ask 10 people in the gym how many sets are ideal to perform for each exercise, and I would bet almost everyone will tell you that 3 sets are ideal.  But are three sets really necessary? For millions of years in our ancestral past, humans would sprint with ferocious intensity while hunting.  In this all-or-nothing scenario, a successful hunt meant the difference between life and death, so they "gave it all they got" in a single burst of extreme intensity.  After reviewing the evidence below, Read more [...]

How Stretching Damages the Body and Increases Risk of Injury

It's an everyday mantra in our culture that we must stretch to maintain healthy, flexible joints.  But is this really the truth? Or could stretching actually be damaging us instead of preventing us from injuries? A joint is where two bones meet and are connected together.  For example, the femur cannot only move back and forth, but it can rotate as well, which gives you the ability to move your leg in all directions - forward, backward, to the side, and across the other leg.  If the leg Read more [...]

Study – Hitting a Soccer Ball with Head Causes Brain Shrinkage

A study has found College-age soccer players may show some degree of brain-tissue shrinkage - adding to evidence that the sport carries a risk of long-term brain injury. Using high-resolution MRI brain scans, researchers found evidence of reduced gray matter in the brains of 10 male college soccer players, compared with 10 young men who had never played the sport. Gray matter refers to the brain tissue that controls thinking and memory. The significance of the relatively smaller gray matter Read more [...]

Study: Exercise has Profound Effects on the Brain

"You were built to move, and when you do, you’ll be on fire." - Dr. John J. Ratey We know exercise is essential for health, but startling new research shows that it has profound effects on the brain. A study conducted in the small town of Naperville, Illinois, revealed that physical exercise can dramatically improve learning abilities by increasing attention, concentration, and memory skills. When high school students at Naperville High participated in an unusual exercise program called Zero Read more [...]

Study: Exercise – Nature’s Medicine for Depression

"If exercise could be put in a pill it would be the number one anti-aging medicine and the number one anti-depression medicine." - Dr. Robert N. Butler According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada, ahead of heart disease and cancer.  Common wisdom tells us that exercise boosts mood and overall health.  If you exercise regularly you know first hand the benefits that can come from being physically active. But just how Read more [...]