Research Review: The relationship between exercise, inflammation, and respiratory immunity

The relationship between exercise and the immune systems is intensely complex with many moving variables. Exercise generally improves the immune system. The more exercise done, and the more regularly, the more the immune system is boosted. However, there is always a tipping point. Athletes are often pushed into longer bouts of exercise, and/or more intenseContinue reading “Research Review: The relationship between exercise, inflammation, and respiratory immunity”

Article Summary: The Five Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Working Out

When you stop working out (even for just a week or two): Blood pressure increases (within a day, potentially!) You develop insulin resistance (body converts sugar into fat rather than using it as energy) Muscle size can shrink within a week (but not necessarily strength) VO2 max drops (ability to utilize oxygen well. “for everyContinue reading “Article Summary: The Five Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Working Out”

Fuel Up! Pre-Workout Eats

You lace up your sneakers, don your effects, and rush out the door to get to you workout. You start exuberantly, motivated, and energetic… but halfway through, you start to slow, and feel there’s just no wind in your sails. Or you finish, and you’re famished, entering that “hangry” state. Did you skip a pre-exerciseContinue reading “Fuel Up! Pre-Workout Eats”

Stretch It Out

Here’s a quick task for you (after you check my previous Tabata post and re-read the disclaimer about exercising!) – reach your arms WAY over your head and streeeetch it up! Feel your spine lengthen, your arms press up, and your rib cage expand! Ahhhh!! Stretching regularly should be a part of a healthy life. Continue reading “Stretch It Out”

Tabata, anyone?

 Allow me to first make a disclaimer regarding exercise – I know most of us feel good enough to just jump into things, but I have to say this: See your physician before starting any kind of exercise routine. It is best to work one-on-one with a professional to have your exercise plan tailored justContinue reading “Tabata, anyone?”