Should you exercise when sick?

DID YOU KNOW?
Each year approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Most people who get the flu feel much better within one or two weeks. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. What are common complications from the seasonal flu? Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious longer.

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Avoid putting on those extra holiday pounds

DID YOU KNOW
It’s commonly thought that the typical holiday weight gain is around 5 pounds. In reality, it’s probably less. The catch, though, is that even a small holiday weight gain is seldom lost — adding to the cumulative weight gain that happens over time for most adults. Between the colder weather, shortened daylight hours, and seemingly endless indulgent holidays (from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day), there’s no question that winter creates a perfect storm for weight gain.

3 hormones that change your body chemistry when you exercise

DID YOU KNOW?
Hormones are the chemical messengers employed by the body to carry specific signals to a particular organ or system. Hormones are produced at various centers located within the body, known as glands. Exercise has profound effects on the function of a number of glands and their corresponding impact on a number of systems through the release of specific hormones.

Chocolate can improve your exercise

 

DID YOU KNOW
Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

Anabolic phase of exercise

The term “anabolic exercise” is essentially synonymous with “strength training.” To build muscle tissue, you must first overload the muscle or muscle group of interest and then allow the relevant hormones, such as growth hormone and testosterone, to do their job while you rest between workouts.