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.

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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.

Hit an exercise plateau? Try this!

Hands Of A Woman Squeezing A Stress Ball

Plateau. That dreaded word that you do not want to hear, let alone experience. Especially if you have been diligently exercising in an attempt to get fit or lose weight. We have all experienced a plateau at some time all of a sudden you stop losing weight or you just cant seem to run any faster. When you hit a plateau, don’t panic. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to change-up everything or spend more time exercising.