Tag: Health

Guest Post: No Meat Athlete: Is It Possible to Achieve High Performance as a Vegan?

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Vegan nutrition is often perceived as healthier than standard, meat-based ones and it’s completely understandable – there’s nothing wrong about basing your diet on vegetables, fruits, and seeds, and trying to keep it as natural as possible. Add a humane note to the whole story and you’ll see why many high-level athletes decide to give it a shot and go animal products-free. However, there are several problems vegan athletes face sooner or later, so the question is – is it possible to achieve high performance as a vegan?

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Pushed For Time? Make Exercise Suit Your Schedule

One of the common complaints amongst those who don’t exercise is that they don’t have enough time. Whilst others would argue that it’s not difficult to carve 30 minutes out of your day for the gym, it is tough to fit everything in. Early starts, late finished, not to mention family and social commitments, you start to realize how tough it is for some of us to find time to exercise. And when we do eventually have an hour free? Chances are you won’t want to put on your workout gear and head to the gym. So what are the alternatives…

Guest Post: 5 Things to Consider Before Joining the Gym

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Joining the gym is probably one of the best decisions you can make for your health. The workouts don’t have to be intense and the goals you set don’t have to be too ambitious, but any sort of physical activity will drastically improve your physical and mental health. This doesn’t mean that it’s something that should be decided on hastily and without proper planning. The facilities and equipment you choose should be well suited to your goals and the pace at which you are willing to work.

Guest Post: How to Prepare Before Going to the Gym

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When you start exercising, you’ll realize that the more you do it – the better you get at it. You will be able to exercise longer as you become more flexible, stronger, and faster. However, as reaching any other goal in life, good preparation is required.

If you’ve never gone to the gym before, there are certain steps you should take to be ready for your first workout.

Beef It Up: Key Changes For Better Muscle Building

If you are looking to improve your muscular frame, then you might be surprised if you find that it is harder to do than you initially thought. Building muscle is something that often seems like it should be straightforward and easy to do, but actually turns out to take a lot more than you think. A common problem is that people build a lot of muscle quite fast, only to find that the effectiveness of their workout levels out quite quickly after that, and they stop noticing any real changes. If you want to combat this, there are a few things you will want to bear in mind.

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Ways to Kickstart Your Spring Fitness Regime

While many people choose the new year to start making bold fitness resolutions, actually spring is a much better time to build a better you. The dark days of winter are quickly becoming a thing of the past and you can look outside to see the sun peeking out from the gloom. As well as this, the promise of summer starts to become real so you can look forward to showing off a newly toned physique. If you still need some added motivation, here are a few ways that you can kickstart your spring fitness regime.

Guest Post: How Insect Protein has begun to reach the Western Fitness Industry

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The consumption of insects is an idea that is consistently getting more popular. Despite a lot of people’s dismissal of the concept, the Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that about two billion of the world’s population already eat insects as part of their normal diet [1].

Although the demand is increasing in Europe and America, insects on a plate is still seen as an exotic dish or some type of novelty product, rather than a viable long-term alternative.

However, the fitness industry seems to have found a solution by incorporating bugs into items like protein powders, ice-creams and brownies.

Let’s look at why gym enthusiasts and fitness brands are jumping on the bandwagon.

Get the Answers From the Champs – 1997 Muscle and Fitness Article

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Published in Muscle and Fitness in 1997 the following article relays Lee Labrada, Lee Haney and a host of other bodybuilder’s opinions on training and bodybuilding in general. A nice insight into the training mindsets of the time, the article goes well with our previous post on the Workouts and Diets of Bodybuilding Champions. A reminder that is the time before high speed internet, training advice came primarily from muscle mags and the big guy at the gym!

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Question: I just changed jobs and had to move to a new city. The only gym anywhere nearby has mostly machines – there just isn’t a great selection of free weights. My friend and I always thought that free weights were superior to machines, and now I’m worried that I’ll lose the mass I worked so hard to gain. My other option is to drive about 20 miles, and I’m not sure I’ll stick with my training if I have to drive that far.

Old School Supplements: Choline and Inositol

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The early forerunners of bodybuilding were adventurous in every sense of the word. From 20 rep squats to raw meat, these men and women stopped at nothing in the pursuit of pure, unadulterated muscle. For muscle anoraks like me, this pursuit resulted in a series of supplements being used, which of course, had varying levels of success.

Though we’ve previously covered old school supplements such as Bob Hoffman’s fish protein powder (excuse me while I gag…), it seemed about time to study a supplement that may actually benefit the current bodybuilding populace.

These ‘vitamins’, combined together, were thought to increase one’s energy and strength levels, lower their body fat and even protect one’s heart and liver. The last benefit being one of major importance at a time when steroids were beginning to hit the scene and few knew what side effects if any they may have.

We are of course, referring to choline and inositol, a power couple used by iron heads for decades with varying results.

8 Sports And Activities That Can Keep You Active

Staying fit is a force of a habit that we have to grow into. If we don’t stay active then we become unfit and that can cause health concerns. There are many activities to do if you aren’t already in a routine. An important way of staying fit is to plan your exercises or activities. Setting yourself a goal is key for seeing great results.

Once you have set yourself a goal or target you can push yourself to the next level. Here are some activities you could get involved in to stay fit.