Every 2 years we get a glimpse into something uniquely Human, Sport and Competition. The Olympic Games are undoubtedly the greatest sports event on the planet. Athletes and Nations emerge from the secret training centers and obscure competitive environments, thrust into the worlds living rooms. For a brief while we get to engross ourselves with the struggle and triumph of the human experience, coming away with a deeper understanding of ourselves and our neighbors.
So much is stressed upon the casual exerciser about the importance of Protein intake. Marketing and profit really drive this as well as some very sound science. The missing link and what can potentially get you the muscle gains and fat loss you have been desiring could actually be a little more carbs in your Post workout regimen! And Im about to blow your mind... HIGH GLYCEMIC CARBOHYDRATES at that!! OHH, no he didn't.... Just as so much falls upon protein for making gains, so does the Hormone Insulin and its ability to jive with your cells to take in the good and fight the bad. Sweet ass carbs are your answer. Let me show you.
What a weird concept.... Foods, when taken together, help your performance and health. As athletes we strive to find the best possible way to increase oxygen to our muscles during training. More oxygen getting to our muscles allows us to work longer under strain. The mechanics are simple, you prime your motor with foods (and certain supplements) that open up blood vessels and allow oxygen rich blood to flush the muscles and tissues beating back Lactic Acid build up and fatigue. The answer my friends is Nitric Oxide and I will make a claim that certain foods will help you find that extra gear in your performance.
Lets be honest. Beyond the goal of obtaining the most optimal health we also strive to have our bodies look as good as they feel. There are diet plans that claim to do everything and anything, even going as far as making you a Superhero! Where most people fail and lose hope is wading through all the fluff in search of exactly what is right for them, their activity level and body type. Science has shown we are all have unique nutritional needs but some things tie us humans all together, and that is what I will explore for you today. We are going to push diet plans aside and really look at 4 foods that you need to be eating for weight loss and optimal health.
Grip strength has been linked to life expectancy . The better your strength is, the better quality of an independent life you will lead. Don't believe me? Shake the hands of 10 different people today and you will see that strength through the hands and how healthy the individual looks are pretty well connected. There are many ways to train the grip and in fact many of the natural exercises we practice in Functional Training utilize grabbing, holding and carrying objects. Here are 3 of my favorite exercises to develop the strongest grip possible.
I don't care how great of an athlete you may be or what your training regimen looks like, if you are not eating for Red Blood Cell production, you are training at a a deficit. Red Blood cells are the oxygen delivery vehicles for your body, bringing oxygenated blood (through the protein Hemoglobin) from the lungs to the tissues of your body. The more red blood cells are being produced and supported through your nutrition, the better athlete you will be, Period. There are key nutritional components that you need to take into account to make sure you are producing and performing your best.
Can you believe that it has been 20 years since the inception of the Nutrition Facts Lebel on the back of your processed food products!! Wow how time flies. For 20 years, companies have disclosed almost all of the ingredients and nutritional values in their products as a way to inform us of what we stuff in our faces... READ ON to find out more about the current modifications to the current status quo.. kind of...
The greats never just arrive at the top of their game. No-one is ever just given extraordinary purpose without challenge being dropped right in their way. The overwhelming key to success as an athlete or in life is Persistence. The concept and personal value is not a one dimensional abstract; rather it is a highly refined mental state accomplished through conscious progression and unceasing focus on a goal. The following 5 tips and associated explanations have helped me bring about great change in my own life and bound closer to my own goals.
Collagen, so you know, is the most important protein building compound in our bodies, comprising over 30%. For the past couple years I have been using it, studying it, and writing about it. Most of you whom I have spoke to... are already taking some version of it. Collagen peptides, proteins, and other forms of the product can be used specifically in your life to bring about more benefits faster. Here are 4 tips to optimize your collagen intake to look and feel your best.
Habit is a son of a bitch.. Coffee is certainly a habit and perhaps a slight addiction that many of us have. Its calling each morning, helping us rise from slumber, and the peaceful revival it brings to our body and senses is undeniable. I love the stuff, not going to lie. I am on the road a lot and will admit to drinking probably much more than I should. For this reason I have done some research and testing on 3 ways we can change up our habit bringing more diversity into our drinking habits.
You and your Doctor are busy people and the average :90 doctor patient interaction does not always allow for optimal communication and testing so there is a presumptive prescription of antibiotics. Well, there is growing evidence that these antibiotics could be doing more harm than good.
You and I live in an environmental version of a high school Keg party. We are the house being bombarded by a bunch of wild kids, spinning out of control just looking to break as much shit as they can before leaving and finding a better house to party at. These kids are wilding out because of chronic stress, artificial sweeteners, antibiotics, overtraining, and processed grains. The one kid in our analogy that is keeping shit together is the anti-oxidant Glutathione. This anti-oxidant 'godfather' creates a barrier between the harsh environment and the free radicals that seek to break dishes and steal valuable years away from your life.
No matter the season or the environmental stress, our body is always in a constant fight against the world. Approaching Winter means that we need to stay on point with immunity to keep us on track for our physical fitness goals well as optimizing our peak health state. Making sure your meals and more specifically the foods in each meal are complimentary has been shown to increase absorption in the body.
Prepackaged candy bars... oh sorry... your protein bars are being put under the microscope by the FDA. The question is about the Fiber Content of the foods that claim to be beneficial to your health even though they contain no actual real FOOD in them. Consuming products on the regular including, cereals, protein bars, juices, smoothies and other "food products" that claim to have added Fiber must be questioned.
Summer Time is over so that means enough with the BBQ Hot dogs and Hamburgers. Summer Time indulgence tapers off as we settle in for great fall veggies and a fresh look at our Nutritional foundation. If you are not looking at Nutrition as seasonal then now is the time to wake up to this very primal tendency. Here are the top 5 foods you should incorporate into your diet for optimal heart Health this winter.
In my house, fall means that the kids want potatoes a lot. The comfort and diversity of potatoes makes it an easy go to for baking, mashing, sautéing , you name it. The problem is that the menu gets quite redundant switching between sweet potatoes and regular potatoes all week long. While I am not going to abandon my Irish roots and get rid of the cylindrical goodness altogether, there are a lot of FALL vegetables now at the store which can help fill the gap and also boost the nutritional content of my meal. I am going to offer up 3 Starchy veggies that can help take the place of your potatoes.
The amount of amazing shit I see each weekend I am at Tough Mudder Events is truly a refreshing taste at what it really mean to be human. Stripping down the barriers of clothes, standards, rules, and expectations; we humans get to actually be...human. As I step back each event and wonder at the social interactions that happen in front of me, I am reminded that we all have the opportunity, in every moment, to either suck or be great. I am going to offer 3 tips that will help you suck less and be more amazing.