PULL-UP OR CHIN-UP?
Which exercise you perform depends on the muscles you want to target. So, let’s compare the two.
- Pull-up (Overhand Grip)
Compared to the chin-up, the pull-up better activates your lower traps – key players in the quest for a V-shaped torso. It also works your lats and infraspinatus muscles, which help rotate your shoulder joints.
- Chin-up (Underhanded Grip)
Although technically a back exercise, the chin-up also activates your biceps and pectoral muscles. If you find pull-ups too hard, try chin-ups.
WEIGHT LOSS TIP
Every time you eat a treat, commit to doing 100 burpees in that day.
According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, scaling boulders can help you develop rock-solid muscles and can improve your grip strength. Guys who did bouldering (short, rope-free climbs) generated up to 38% more finger strength than men who did longer (and higher) tethered climbs. This allows you to lift heavier weights and build more muscle.
OUTSMART HEART DISEASE
New research shows those with a family history of heart disease can lower the risk with lifestyle choices. Adapting three out of the following healthy behaviors can lower the risk:
1. Don’t smoke
2. Maintain a normal weight
3. Exercise regularly
4. Eat a healthy diet
Soak bitter greens, like arugula or kale, in a bowl of ice water in the fridge for about an hour to cut their bitterness. Get rid of excess water to get them dry and crisp.
Grab the hand sanitizer next time you use the ATM. A study confirms ATM keypads are covered in germs. More than 60 machines were tested in New York and revealed tiny cells from human skin, food, and household surfaces. Those located near laundromats and corner stores had the highest amounts of germs.
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports that calcium in pill form may hurt your heart. Men who took more than 1,000 milligrams a day in calcium supplements were 20% more likely to die of heart disease later in life than those who didn’t take any. The reason: The scientists think the pills may damage blood vessels. Calcium from food did not raise the risk, so stick with milk, cheese, and yogurt.
READY, AIM, FIBER!
A study in Cancer Prevention Research found that prostate cancer may have a new enemy. Cancerous mice fed inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a chemical found in high-fiber foods, had less tumor growth. IP6 may interrupt a protein that brings glucose to cancer cells. More research may find similar effects in humans.
Foot, leg, back, or neck pain may indicate that posture is out of balance, with increased potential risk of injury when stressed. Many athletes discover poor posture is the root cause of many sports injuries. Visit a sports physiologist, FMS practitioner, or NASM personal trainer for diagnostic help when pain recurs or persists to prevent further injury.
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Three weekly interval workouts matches the effectiveness of five long cardio sessions when it comes to boosting cardiovascular health. Source: The Journal of Physiology