Researchers discovered that sleeping in the cold room doubled brown fat activity and improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation. Sleeping in a slightly cooler room (66 degrees) might be an effective way to increase metabolism and promote weight loss.
In a study involving 36 subjects, they discovered that supplementing with 3.2 grams of branched-chain amino acids and two grams of taurine, three times a day, for two weeks prior to intense eccentric exercise reduced DOMS and the associated muscle damage.
We’re in the midst of an exceedingly tough flu season and, if you haven’t been hit already, consider yourself fortunate. Because as we all can attest, nothing will derail the progress you’ve made in the gym faster than getting floored by the flu for a week or two.
Exercise won’t burn off stored fat in a positive calorie balance. Fat loss is dependent upon the individual following a hypocaloric diet; exercise can promote the rate of fat loss, and offers a number of health benefits beyond simply dieting.
How do you feel after your workout? Are you physically and psychologically ready to pursue your next workout with renewed energy levels and mental clarity? Or are you exhausted and experiencing the same fatigue 72 hours after your workout, coupled with aching joints, mental confusion and lack of confidence? If you are, you may be experiencing what sports nutrition physiologists refer to as the overtraining syndrome.
If you were to ask someone what’s the best way to raise testosterone naturally, about 99 percent of people would say, “High-intensity exercise.” This is true, but exercise is only part of the equation. It seems that sleep is more important for testosterone production than researchers thought.
In adults less than 40 years old, abdominal fat, organ fat (visceral fat), and body mass index (proportion of weight to height) increased in people getting too little or too much sleep (six to seven hours per night was best).
A 16-year-long study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that low levels of biologically-available testosterone increased the risk of premature death from all causes and from cardiovascular disease by 52 percent.
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the combination of high salt and low potassium intake increased the risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.
Like the old German drinking song said: “In heaven there is no beer; that’s why we drink it here; and when we’re gone from here, our friends will drink our beer.”