You’ve probably heard of HIIT before. This type of training has gained popularity over the last couple of decades, and countless people use it today. Recommended because of its benefits, HIIT is a truly effective – and efficient – way to exercise. But what exactly is HIIT? More importantly, why should you do it? We’ll go over everything you need to know today. Let’s dive in.
What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with food? I believe that regardless of any specific goals, be they focussed on fat loss, maintenance, muscle gain, performance or health improvement, having a healthy relationship with food should always be up there as the number one priority.
Most people think they have a good idea about how to support their immune system through supplements. Vitamin C, zinc and B12 are widely regarded as the go-to supplements for immune health. But there’s more to supporting your immune system than these common vitamins.
A key factor you might be forgetting about… water intake! Today we are diving into the topic of hydration. Typically when we think about making changes to our diet and lifestyle, water intake is often overlooked and forgotten; however, your fluid intake might be the key factor you are forgetting and really one of the most simple habits to change.
Have you ever wondered what internal processes occur in your body to keep you healthy and functional? Sure, your body is made up of cells, and your brain is the control center that sends orders to your organs and muscles. But what makes these processes possible, and how do major organs communicate with one another?
Here are the 12 fundamental essentials that I always have stocked in my kitchen cupboards to make any simple dish into a star meal. Soy sauce/Tamari. Soy sauce is a flavour enhancer, tenderiser and used in marinades, dips and stir-fries. Soy sauce does contain wheat, so if you are gluten-intolerant, look for tamari sauce instead. The better the quality, the less you need to use. You can also find reduced salt Japanese soy sauce.
We all know what a plant-based diet is, but transitioning to a completely vegan diet can become confusing when trying to get all the proper nutrients. A poorly planned vegan diet can put you at risk of several deficiencies. Ensuring your diet is based on whole foods and less on processed vegan alternatives will help you get various nutrients.
Yuki Tsunoda’s performance coach has revealed the areas the Japanese driver is having to focus his efforts on improving this year. Tsunoda inherited the position of AlphaTauri team leader this season, following the departure of the older and wiser Pierre Gasly for pastures new at Alpine.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet many people don’t take the time to care for their mental well-being. Hustle culture would have us believe that “busy” is synonymous with “success”. And that every moment of the day should be filled with productivity. This can lead to unhealthy attitudes towards work and how it fits in with the rest of our lives.
The big questions: what supplements can I take to enhance my performance? What supplements will help me reduce body fat? What supplements are going to make me stronger? Firstly, it’s important to remember that food should always come first. Supplements shouldn’t be considered until you have the foundations already laid with your diet.
Though many people consider their metabolic rate an inert system incapable of change, that isn’t the case. Like many systems in your body, your metabolism is highly adaptive, and there are numerous ways to influence its speed. Today’s guide will outline five practical and effective tactics for supercharging your metabolism for easier fat loss and good health. Let’s dive in.
Brain health is an engaging topic that draws the attention of countless doctors, researchers, and everyday people. With the growing interest in areas like mental health, cognition, productivity, and age-related neural decline, researchers are looking at various compounds and their impact on arguably the most crucial organ in the body. DHA is one compound with promising benefits related to brain health. But, is it worth the attention, or should we look elsewhere? Let’s discuss.
Being tired, depressed, and unable to sleep doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong with you. Lots of people feel tired and unmotivated from time to time. But, if you often feel worn out, achy, depressed, and unable to get a good night’s sleep, you might suffer from adrenal fatigue. We’ve compiled this guide to go over the condition, what causes it, and what steps you can take to treat it.
Sleep – that thing growing up we did everything we could to avoid, to stay up late and not have to go to bed when we were told to, yet later on in life, that thing we cherish! When we talk about lifestyle factors and improving our overall health, diet and exercise always come to mind first, and sleep often gets overlooked or forgotten. Yet sleep is one of the most critical factors that must be considered.
The immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to protect the body from infection and disease. It’s important to support your immune system year-round, but especially during the winter months when colds and flu are more common. Travelling can also make you more susceptible to illness, so it’s important to take extra care of your health when you’re on the go.
Elite athletes understand the importance of nutrition for optimal performance. Food, drink, vitamins, and supplements are fuels that energize the body to train and compete. Of course, some food sources are better than others. If you feed the body junk, your body won’t perform efficiently or optimally. For example, I wouldn’t recommend an athlete to eat a bucket of fried chicken and drink several litres of Coke before a competition for obvious reasons.
Have you ever found yourself thinking: “I’ll never get to do that.” “I can’t achieve this feat.” “I feel like a fraud. What if I mess it up?” If so, you’re not alone. We all have an inner voice that doesn’t always have the best intentions. Regardless of who you are, where you come from, or what goals you aspire to achieve, your inner critic will have a few things to say. The question is, can we do anything about it?
It’s no secret that gut health matters for longevity and quality of life. According to data, 70 to 80 percent of the body’s immune system resides in the gut. Further, the gut communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, allowing us to maintain good health and feel well. A strong gut is also necessary for optimal food digestion and reduces the risk of conditions like acid reflux, Celiac disease, and more.
Snacking… is it a good thing, is it a bad thing?! There is a perfectly valid reason as to why you are so confused because the media makes it unbelievably confusing! “Avoid Snacking” “Snacking between meals isn’t good for you”… but then your hunger hormones are all over the place and you are suddenly craving the whole packet of biscuits and the share bag of chocolate that’s staring at you in the supermarket!!
“You’re not that good.” “You probably won’t be able to accomplish your goal.” “There is no way you can beat that team.” “You are too short…. Too slow… Not strong enough.” These are some of the negative comments spewed out by naysayers. A naysayer is a sceptic, criticizer, or pessimist that injects their unsolicited opinion about what others can and cannot accomplish. Naysayers specialize in creating doubt and are usually negative about EVERYTHING!
Most people focus on what they should do at the gym. While that is important for making progress and reaching milestones, you must also get familiar with things to avoid. Working out is relatively straightforward, but numerous errors can keep you stagnating and frustrated. Even worse, some mistakes can open up the doors for injuries that would keep you away from training for weeks, even months.
In recent years, the gut has received a lot of attention. Evidence has shown the critical role of the gut in maintaining overall good health in general. Evidence has shown that this is mainly due to the influence of the gut microbiota, which is the entire community of trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses and fungi) found along the digestive tract.
Building lean muscle mass has health benefits that extend far beyond the aesthetic. Lean muscle boosts your metabolism—allowing you to burn more calories at rest—increases strength, reduces the risk of injury, helps combat obesity and disease, and contributes to strong bones.
Whether you want to advance your personal growth, become a better leader, do well in business, reach a new fitness level, improve your performance, or reach new heights in any aspect of life, you’ll need a coach. Coaches have more expertise, knowledge, and experience, so they can guide us and help us reach our goals without finding so many hurdles along the way.
In sports, paralysis by analysis is the state of overthinking or over-analyzing while competing. Of course, you need to take in information during a competition. However, too much data interferes with decision-making and taking quick, decisive action. At its worst, paralysis by analysis can lead to an athlete completely freezing under pressure.
Sports injuries are part of the game and on the rise, though statistics are unreliable due to the range in severity and unreported incidences. Injured athletes must manage their pain, discomfort, and rehab, but that’s only part of the battle. The physical component of being injured can be complex, but the mental challenges are much more daunting.
There may only be 20 Formula 1 drivers on track at any given time, but there are countless people behind the global racing spectacle. Michael Italiano holds the important position of a performance coach, tasked with putting drivers in the best physical and mental state possible to achieve success.
With more and more vegan and dairy-free options available, you may be led to believe that dairy is a poor food choice. However, we are going to bust that myth right here. Unless there is a specific reason for removing dairy, such as intolerance, dairy can be an extremely healthy addition to your diet.
Have you ever tried to improve your behaviours, only to give up a week or month later? For example, you would start eating better, eager to lose weight and improve your health. But before you know it, you’re disappointed and back to old behaviours.
This blog isn’t the first ‘Weights vs Cardio’ article on the internet, and it certainly won’t be the last. While a combination of strength and cardiovascular training can be ideal for an overall body transformation, I want to discuss why lifting weights should take precedence within our workout schedule.
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