Building muscle is one of the most sought-after goals in the entirety of the health and fitness world, and the supplement industry makes billions off of protein powders promising rapid muscular development. But these aids are often vastly different from each other, and come with virtually no guidance about how or when to consume them. Does the appropriate dosage change with sex, age, or exercise type? Does the timing make a difference? Does any of this matter?
It’s hard to go more than a day without hearing about America’s obesity epidemic. Nearly 40% of the country is plagued by this problem, and the correlation with heart problems, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes renders this a scary prospect for the future of the country. But what if extra body fat isn’t the problem? What if there was simple solution to the problem? According to Dr. Steven Blair, a former professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina, there is.
Everybody knows the importance of drinking an adequate amount of water, especially during periods of high training volume or intense physical activity. However, less appreciated is the need to replenish lost electrolytes -- a critical component of proper hydration. Learn about what electrolytes are, how they function in the human body, and an easy way to integrate them into your daily life.
Eating disorders are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting over 30 million Americans and killing at least one person every 62 minutes. Anorexia, or severely restricting food intake, and bulimia, or recurrent binge-eating followed by compensatory actions, are the two most well-known maladies, but recent years have seen a rise in a fairly new condition known as orthorexia.
It goes without saying that distance running is an energy-expensive sport. Recent estimates suggest that the energy cost is around 1.6 calories/kg of body weight/mile, or about 100 calories/mile for somebody my size. When I was training for my first marathon, I maxed out at 60 miles/week, which averages to an extra 6000 calories that I burned in addition to those consumed by my basal metabolism. But not all calories are created equal, so what are some of the most critical nutritional components to help your body run longer, recover faster, and train harder?