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”

Don’t Be Sabotaged by Sports Drinks

We’ve all seen them: the average gym-goer pumping away on the elliptical machine, sweating and striving towards their goals, and 15 minutes in, they pick up a neon-pink fluid and chug away. Bless their hearts, they really are trying to improve their health! While I don’t think of sports drinks as necessary for anyone, really,Continue reading “Don’t Be Sabotaged by Sports Drinks”