A 12-ounce bottle of beer has 150 calories. You’d have to do burpees for 15 minutes to burn it off.
According to a Swedish study, strong teens are less likely to die young. The teenage boys who did well on knee-extension and hand-grip tests were 20 percent less likely to die before the age 55. The reason: Scientists aren’t sure if guys with strong muscles are more active in general, leading to better health, or if there’s something uniquely health-promoting about strong muscles.
According to British researchers, wearing knee wraps when squatting can increase your risk of injury. “The wrapped knee is more stable, so your body shifts the weight there, which can overload the joint,” says Bill Hartman, P.T, C.S.C.S To improve knee stability, begin performing single-leg squats by holding on to something stable – a pole – and shallow squat depth. If that is too hard, give split squats a try until you can perform single-leg squats.
To optimize rest for the digestive system, it is best to stop eating at least 3 hours before bedtime. Calories consumed in the evening are much more likely to be stored as fat, resulting in weight gain. Adjust your night-time snacking or evening meal to allow at least 3 hours to digest before bedtime.
ENERGY DRINKS A BUNCH OF BULL?
According to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, claims that non-caffeine ingredients in energy drinks enhance performance is a bunch of bull! Cyclists who downed Red Bull consumed as much oxygen and felt just as tired as athletes who drank a beverage that contained the same amount of caffeine but lacked ingredients like taurine or B vitamins. What this means: It’s the caffeine that elevates your performance, says study author. He suggests 76 milligrams of caffeine if you need to boost your energy for a workout. A regular cup of coffee has 96 milligrams.
DID YOU KNOW
When blindfolded you lose power. People who performed a leg press blindfolded had six percent less power.
According to a French study, building a six-pack can help you jump higher. After a group of soccer players completed an 8-week core training program, they were able to jump 17 percent higher. The reason: The researchers think training the abdominal muscles increased the “springiness” in the men’s legs and pelvises.
DID YOU KNOW
Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins.Newborns are able to recognize the smell of their mothers and many of us can pinpoint the smell of our significant others and those we are close to. Part of that smell is determined by genetics, but it’s also largely do to environment, diet and personal hygiene products that create a unique chemistry for each person.
Most foods produced today have significantly less nutrients than those produced even 50 years ago due to soil depletion and non-sustainable farming methods. Studies confirm that most Americans are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral. Buy organic foods as much as possible to compensate for this decline in nutrients.
DID YOU KNOW
One out of 20 people have an extra rib.
Healing herbs and spices can be consumed internally in food, teas or supplements, or they can be absorbed externally through the skin in creams/lotions. Many can also be inhaled through steam vapors. Consider adding healing herbs to your kitchen and medicine cabinet.