Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when we begin exercise? Have you ever wondered why we feel the way we do when we include exercise in our lives? Many people are aware that regular exercise and physical activity have many health benefits. Some of these benefits include increased muscle strength and muscle endurance along with increased cardiovascular capacity or in other words better heart health. Whether your goal is to improve performance, lose weight, get stronger, or live a longer and healthier life, for a majority of people when we begin introducing exercise in our lives we tend to notice an overall difference in how we generally feel about ourselves and our environment. A lot of people claim that exercising gives them increased energy, are more alert and focused while others claim that exercising makes them feel less stressed and puts them generally in a good mood…
We have all felt the ill effects of severe muscle soreness after a bout of exercise in the couple days that followed the workout, whether that’s not being able to lift our arms above our head or struggling to walk up the stairs because the quads are screaming. This muscle soreness we all experience is termed delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which usually appears 12-48 hours following the bout of exercise. There are a few different theories that can explain the cause of DOMS but the leading one is the result of skeletal muscle damage. This suggests that throughout the course of a workout, tears in our muscle fibers are occurring as we perform each exercise throughout the workout. For example, during a squat, the large volume of muscle fibers in the quads, glutes and hamstrings are tearing as we perform each rep of the exercise. This gives us that…
Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and with that comes lots of time spent with family and friends we may have not seen in a while, many food temptations and lots of downtime and relaxation. A combination of these things, along with most gyms being closed for a few days, can give us all an excuse not to exercise and stay active during the holidays and stagnate all that progress we have made in transforming our health and well being throughout the past year.
Both the role and topic of nutritional supplementation is controversial, to say the least. In a world filled with hundreds and thousands of different kinds of supplements, fitness professionals, and everyone in-between, it is certainly tough to know where to turn to and who to trust. Thankfully, here at Movimento we have done our research and are happy to conclude that yes in fact, nutritional supplementation is indeed good for almost everyone! Whether it’s weight loss, improving your lower back, or building muscle (and everything else fitness related), supplements along with a good diet and training have been proven to improve quality of life, boost your results and have you feeling even better! But where exactly do supplements fit into all of us? Which supplements do what and which ones should I likely be taking? It is these questions and more that we will look at today.
It’s that time of year again! The time where family gets together and Uncle Joe and Aunt Susan, your parents, your spouse’s parents, and a variety of friends have invited you to some sort of Christmas function. There’s just SO much good food and drink!! It can be incredibly hard to get out of the Christmas season in the same state that you entered in.
Do you experience low back pain? Did you know that pain could be the result of having a weak core? Having a weak core can contribute to many things other than just having back pain. It can influence your breathing, your ability to balance, and your spine. The abdominal wall contains no bones for support, it must rely on strength from the multidirectional layers of muscles. There are many muscles that must work together to create that strong stable core. But before we get down to the nitty gritty I want to talk more about why we need a strong core.
I’m sure all of you have heard how important it is to get vitamins and minerals into our bodies to create and maintain optimal health. Minerals are inorganic elements and can not be produced or synthesized in the body the way certain vitamins can. They must be obtained through the food we eat or through the water we drink. Minerals play many vital roles in the body working in combination with vitamins, hormones, enzymes and various other nutrient co-factors to regulate thousands of biological functions. They support immune function, metabolism, regulation of blood sugar and fluids, muscle contraction and relaxation, mental and cognitive function; as well as repair and cellular detoxification.
Let’s talk about fad diets! You’ve all heard of at least one. They come in a variety of names and all claim to get you FASTER and BETTER results! The thing about fad diets that usually gets consumers is the buzzwords revolving around commitment. “You can lose X amount in X amount by only paying X amount”. If you were told to plug away at something consistently for a year and you’d get slow results, CONSISTENT AND SUSTAINABLE slow results, you might be interested, or you might choose that quick fix.
In a perfect world, all of us would be able to progress our fitness levels without ever having to worry about something such as sickness, injury, or any other obstacle in life slowing us down. However, in the real world, setbacks on your fitness journey do happen. The real question isn’t whether or not you’ll have to face these challenges; it’s whether or not you’re going to overcome them.
Most of us have felt the need for more flexibility at some point in our lives. Whether it comes from the inability to touch your toes, the desire to improve athletic performance, or simply from feeling tension in your back while standing up out of a chair, most of us have experienced a moment in life where we think to ourselves, “Wow, I really need to stretch more!”