A person’s body type (also known as their somatotype) serves as a way to classify his/her physical make-up and/or certain physiological characteristics. There are three general categories we all fall into: I types (ectomorphs), V types (mesomorphs), and O types (endomorphs). Today’s article will give a brief description of each to help further educate you on which category or categories you fall under. Ectomorphs tend to be thin, with smaller bone structure and thinner limbs. The first person that comes to mind to represent this body type is an endurance athlete
Nutrition is a huge subject to say the least. 80% of the fat loss battle comes down to nutrition, and with so much misinformation out there, it’s no wonder people are confused about what to eat. Today we are going to keep it simple and talk about breakfast. Despite varying beliefs on what constitutes a well-balanced breakfast, the question of 'why' should be at the top of everyone's list. So where does the term 'breakfast' come from anyway? While we sleep, the body endures a long period of time (hopefully 7-9
Enter most gyms nowadays and you’ll find just about everyone with a water bottle. If not, he or she will still make frequent stops to the water fountain. There is a general sense that drinking water is important while working out, but do we know just how critical it is to our overall health and performance? The roles of water in the body are invaluable. Think of it as the body’s transportation system, allowing chemical reactions to take place inside the 200+ types of human cells. It provides structure and support
First off, we are talking about the importance of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. In scientific terms, this includes docosahexaenoic acids (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The body needs these acids for normal metabolic functioning but cannot produce them on its own. Therefore, they need to come from a food source, namely in the form of fish. The American Heart Association has stated that eating fish twice per week should provide our bodies with the ‘good’ fats which it needs. The recommended fish are tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel and herring. However, many
Reading food labels properly is the first step toward including quality food products in your diet. It's easy to overlook all the nutrition facts as a whole when buying foods. We tend to focus on that 'one' number representing carbohydrates, fats and protein, but there's much more to it than this. First off, let's get a few basic facts straight. How many calories per gram of each macro-nutrient? Fats contain 9 calories per gram, carbohydrates 4, and fats 4 calories. Just think of the old Porsche 944 to remember your breakdown.
If you were to ask the average gym-goer what their goals were, most come back saying the same thing: to tone-up and lose weight. Cardio training is usually perceived as the best way to achieve this goal. While this may be good for respiratory reasons, people tend to put more emphasis on aesthetics when they workout, especially younger populations. Truth be told that building lean muscle and losing weight are the by-product of elevating our metabolic rates during exercise. The results we’re looking for are best achieved through strength training. Let’s