When you think about optimizing fitness and building muscle, you probably focus on reps, intensity, and time at the gym. But did you know time spent doing nothing at all is crucial to muscle development and recovery? What you can do to help maximize recovery.
A guest blog post from Natural Healthy Concepts on the benefits of collagen outside of youthful skin.
One in four adults in the US are expected to get Osteoarthritis (OA) in their lifetime . For athletes the percentages soar, especially for knee and hip joints. Professional athletes can expect their risk for OA in some joints, typically the lower limb joints to increase by roughly double, sometimes more depending on the sport .
The next time you boast about your high intensity training and high intensity interval training, really understand what that means and the benefits to you.
Sleep deprivation is a form of torture in some small countries. So, why do we purposely do it to ourselves? I can run a company, take care of my family, volunteer at school, am a deacon at my church, leap tall buildings in a single bound...all on 4 hours of sleep. Go me!
If I know you, and we are totally getting to know each other, then I am willing to bet most of you would think we were crazy to actually suggest putting butter (fat) into your diet, let alone in your coffee. But think about it...
Yet, with a few tips, you can exponentially increase your workout routine’s optimization and feel better , all day, every day. It’s all about the glucose roller coaster.
To eat or not to eat right before, during or after your workout is the age-old quandary. How about an ambiguous and global answer: It depends. The most important question to ask yourself is, what is your main goal? Sure, it’s probably to lose weight. Or be healthier. Not sick as often. Have more stamina on and off the course. Bulk up. Thin down. But you have to pick one. What is your honest to goodness primary goal?
The International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health states “One of the most studied strategies in the recent years for weight loss is the ketogenic diet. Many studies have shown that this kind of nutritional approach has a solid physiological and biochemical basis and is able to induce effective weight loss along with improvement in several cardiovascular risk parameters.” If you are new to the ketogenic diet and are wondering how it works then continue reading!
You know what they say - garbage in, garbage out. Just as we choose to optimally workout, efficiently plan and mentally prepare for our routine, we need to put just as much effort into proper nutrition and meal timing.
We’ve talked a lot about workout tips during the workout. Planning and spending an adequate time preparing for your workout is also important to your overall success. This plan will prepare you mentally for the workout, should outline an intense routine, and will identify a recovery process.
This article from Men’s Fitness caught our attention. It has been trending for some time now, but we thought it was a good time to share it wit you guys. Make sure you read it to get the most out of any sweat session by starting your engine with this full-body routine.
There are tons of reasons why most people do not see results from the mainstream workout & nutrition programs. The reason why is sadly, the majority of workout routines and nutrition programs are leading you astray. Click to read our thoughts on why most routines do not work.
If you want to enjoy some of those cozy holiday beverages, you can stay on track and get a taste of that holiday spirit with these delicious and healthy recipes for eggnog and hot chocolate.
It’s that time of year again. This time around, make picking gifts for friends and loved ones as easy as possible with THE PLATFORM holiday gift guide.
A new study shows that if you’re trying to lose a few pounds, diet soda can do much more harm than good. We offer alternative beverages that are healthy and help you reach your weight-loss goals.
Eating Platform smart this Thanksgiving and every day is key to maintaining a healthy body fat percentage, which has a huge number of amazing benefits.
Thanksgiving is about being thankful for friends, family, and good health. But you can’t forget about the food – so much food.
Don’t panic though if you’re worried about sticking to your health and fitness goals on Thursday. We’re going to help make sure you enjoy the holiday while staying on track.
The days are getting shorter, and now most of us in the U.S. have just set our alarms backward an hour. Not only is the amount of light throughout the day getting shorter, but depending on your schedule, you may find yourself having to wake up while it’s still dark out too. If you’re like me, this makes the whole waking-up-with-energy concept much more difficult.
It’s that time of the year: it’s getting a bit cooler outside, the leaves are changing color, and fall is in full swing. You may want something more nostalgic, warm and cozy besides your traditional buttered coffee you have each morning. And we have just the right thing for you!
The word “antioxidant” has a similar connotation to the word “vitamin.” Many people hear how something has antioxidants in it and generally assume it means it’s good for them. When a word is used in this context enough, people generally take it as fact and fail to question what actually makes it good for them.
So many people are good at starting a new endeavor--but not good at finishing. Finishing is an important trait that separates those who complete what they start and those who simply start it. You’ve started your fitness journey and it is inherently vital to your success to finish. If you don’t finish it’s not complete, and you haven’t fully achieved what you’re capable of.
There are several ways people get their blood pumping that people traditionally think of as exercise. Although these forms of exercise don’t necessarily promote the same hormonal stimulation and metabolic adaptation we shoot for with our Platform high-intensity exercises, they’ll benefit your health in plenty of other ways; and we highly recommend some of the following!
If you hear those buzzwords and phrases like “organic,” “no antibiotics,” “no hormones,” and “humanely harvested” enough, you might begin to believe those foods have some advantages (to either your health or to the environment). But why exactly those foods are better than the normal ones without any fancy labels may be quite a mystery.
So you got your cholesterol tested, and maybe your doctor told you your cholesterol is too high. You have no idea how to interpret blood test results, so you’re at the mercy of your doctor’s interpretation. As a consequence, you may be stressed on how you need to change your diet or lifestyle, when in reality there may be no issue here at all. In this post, we'll shed some light on what those blood test numbers might mean to you.
Why isn't ketosis working for you?
This is the fourth and final part of our series on how you can spend less time working out and get better results. In parts one, two, and three we covered the benefits of increasing your intensity which were improving your fat burning metabolism, extending your fat burning metabolism and activating your hormones to burn more fat. By increasing your intensity you’ll be able to achieve all three of these amazing benefits. But there’s another benefit you’ll get from increasing your intensity: improving your insulin sensitivity.
In Part III, we’re covering how to spend less time working out and still get better results. Now if you want to spend a bunch of time in the gym, that’s awesome, but just know that you can spend less time and get all the benefits you were before. If you haven’t already read Part I and Part II then check them out for your benefit.
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