Muscle Adaptations with Endurance and Resistance Training

Good overview and some information that might result in a change in exercise regimen. Nutrition & Metabolism 2015 12:59 DOI: 10.1186/s12986-015-0055-9 Glycogen availability and skeletal muscle adaptations with endurance and resistance exercise It is well established that glycogen depletion affects endurance exercise performance negatively. Moreover, numerous studies have demonstrated that post-exercise carbohydrate ingestion improves exercise recovery by…

Melamine contamination in Nutritional Supplements

Study tested popular supplements available in South Africa – both produced and imported – and found almost half of the products positive for melamine.   Melamine contamination in nutritional supplements – Is it an alarm bell for the general consumer, athletes, and ‘Weekend Warriors’? Background Nutritional supplements are used or experimented with by consumers, notably…

Mixing Strength and Endurance Training

Mixing endurance and strength training is difficult, but there are things one can do to maximize the results. OPEN ACCESS Using Molecular Biology to Maximize Concurrent Training Very few sports use only endurance or strength. Outside of running long distances on a flat surface and power-lifting, practically all sports require some combination of endurance and…

Exercise Does a Body Good. Here is How.

  Cell‘s free and accessible review for anyone interested in the changes brought about by exercise. Integrative Biology of Exercise Exercise represents a major challenge to whole-body homeostasis provoking widespread perturbations in numerous cells, tissues, and organs that are caused by or are a response to the increased metabolic activity of contracting skeletal muscles. To…

Don’t Skip Breakfast

We can summarize it thusly: don’t skip breakfast. Eating breakfast (i.e. real food not just coffee) reduces food cravings and high protein breakfast are more effective that lower protein. OPEN ACCESS   A randomized crossover, pilot study examining the effects of a normal protein vs. high protein breakfast on food cravings and reward signals in…

Bad News for Aunts and Uncles

This is interesting. The common view is that extended parental help would increase the survival of offspring. This study based on 18th and 19th century Finnish data puts that into question If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here is the important bits Overall, we show that contrary to predictions, the presence of…

Exercise Improves Memory and Cognition

Yet another reason to avoid a sedentary lifestyle, even short-term exercise results in improvements to fitness, memory and cognition. Free from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnagi.2013.00075/abstract Shorter term aerobic exercise improves brain, cognition, and cardiovascular fitness in aging Physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, is documented as providing a low cost regimen to counter well-documented cognitive…