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Top Post Workout Snacks

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What you eat after your workout may just be the most important food you eat all day. Muscles store excess energy in the form of glycogen and protein and, when you work out, the body burns fuel from your pre-workout meal, then it breaks down glycogen stored in muscles. Your post-gym workout snack MUST include protein in order to repair and rebuild your muscle, which will ultimately increase muscle strength. Within a few hours of working out, muscle protein drops and muscles begin to break down. However, within a 45-minute window, your body is the most responsive with absorbing carbohydrates and protein….

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Lunge Combination for Effective Workout

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The most effective workouts I believe are high intensity using exercises that work multiple joints at the same time, by involving as many muscles in the shortest time possible, you will burn more calories faster and and gain lean muscle as well. The bread and butter of many a fitness program and one of the best, is the lunge. It targets the quadriceps and the glutes most intensely, but also hits the hamstrings, calves and core, improves lower limb function, and even improves running speed. Another great feature is its back-friendly, because of the need to keep your back straight and…

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Are you eating enough protein to build muscle?

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When it comes to building muscle, all that work you do in the gym is only half of the battle. The other half takes place in the kitchen. Diet is really important when trying to improve your body composition. Without proper nutrients, no matter how much time you spend weight training, you won’t get the results you’re looking for. Your muscles are made up of over 25% protein along with up to 75% water and stored glycogen (carbohydrates). While people generally understand that consuming adequate protein is very important to support muscle growth and maintain lean mass, the amount of…

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Compound Exercise

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The beauty of a compound exercise like this shoulder press is it trains several major muscles at the same time, the shoulders, triceps, upper chest and upper back muscles are the major movers that carry out the motion but also One benefit of the standing version is you engage more core muscles to maintain your balance and control the weight. The shoulder press can bring you harder abs as the exercise activates more core muscles than a crunch and helps build strength, throw it into a circuit and you got major fat burn as well ‪#‎taffanator‬ ‪#‎shoulderpress‬ ‪#‎fatburn‬ ‪#‎fitness‬ ‪#‎health‬…

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Post Workout Nutrition – Eating to recover from High Intensity Workouts

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POST WORKOUT NUTRITION- EATING TO RECOVER For years it is known that the most important meal of the day is believed to be breakfast, but for professional athletes who put in all the effort in their training, their post-workout nutrition just may be more important than any other meal. In fact, an athletes post-workout meal is one of the most important meals they can have all day. For athletes like Professional boxers, for example, after a hard workout, can use up all their stored glycogen, easily sweat out two litres of water, and break down both muscle and red blood…

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Balance Training for a Stronger Core

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Adding an element of instability to your training is a great way to continue to challenge the core as you progress and get stronger. Mixing it up with objects like the BOSU or medicine ball will vary up your routine to keep your body on it’s toes. Here are three great moves to try: 1. Medicine Ball Plank: Do a plank with hands on a medicine ball instead of on the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. As you improve, try using one ball under each hand. Really a pro? Add balls under each foot, too. The added instability forces abs…

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Exercise for Good Digestive Health

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The impact of exercise on the gastrointestinal tract and digestion has been less well investigated than the same territory for heart, muscle and skeleton. However, over the past decade good studies have clearly demonstrated positive effects on a variety of conditions. Inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease are significantly improved by exercise. The risk for colon cancer and ulcers is decreased by exercise. In addition to prevention and treatment of disease, normal function of the gastrointestinal tract improves with exercise. For instance, gastric emptying, the passage of food out of the stomach, proceeds more efficiently when exercise is part of your daily routine. Many digestive problems are…

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Important Fitness Goals for 2015

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Everyone has different fitness goals, ranging from generally trying to stay active to viewing fitness as a lifestyle. With a New Year comes a lot of new plans and goals and plenty of eagerness to get started. Don’t let your enthusiasm be the only thing that carries you through. Levels of motivation fluctuate like the tides, with steady ups and steady downs. If enthusiasm is the only thing keeping you committed then your likelihood to quit is higher. You need a good plan and a process. If you really want to succeed than it’s important to have fitness goals. These goals will keep…

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Tips to Stay Motivated During Your Workout Program

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Working out consistently can be tough, especially if you’ve let your routine become stale. Here are 5 great tips for making sure you stick to your workout. 1.) Let everyone know Call it bragging if you want but it helps to make it known that you are dedicating yourself to a new lifestyle of health and fitness. If people know that you are serious about lifting each day at a certain time, they aren’t likely to tempt you. 2.) Alarm clock It’s classic and extremely effective, so why aren’t you using it? Your computer, phone, mp3 player, and tablet all…

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5 Best Bodyweight Exercises that Burn Fat Fast

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A lot of people today assume they need expensive gym memberships, fancy running shoes, or restrictive eating plans to get in shape. But before that stuff was invented, people exercised using only their bodyweight. Throughout history, bodyweight exercises have been a consistent component in military training regimes. And largely due to its inexpensive and convenient nature, bodyweight training has stuck around because it works. Outside of an armed forces setting, bodyweight exercises are used to train athletes, and have once again becoming a staple of many of the best fat burning and muscle building workouts available, anywhere. Here are 5…

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