Monthly Archives: April 2013
A recent study found that brisk walking offers many of the same health benefits as running. Findings released in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology show that quick walking and running were equally effective in lowering an individual’s risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and possibly coronary heart disease.ResearchersContinue reading..
Whether you run, swim or cycle; eating the right food for each activity helps you improve your performance and make the most of each workout. Runners need to stay fueled during a marathon—but the pre-race, carb-loading spaghetti dinners are long gone. While carbohydrates are still considered a crucial fuel for training, experts advise runners to especially eat a balanced diet overall—withContinue reading..
Recently, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) sponsored a training study to determine the benefits of kettlebell training. ACE enlisted researchers at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science to conduct the study, and the results were very positive.Researchers found that participants who trained with kettlebells significantly improved their aerobicContinue reading..
Norm Morrison, general manager and trend advisor with Gym Source, was happy to talk about home fitness with hosts Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal as part of the Home Improvement USA radio show earlier this month. Dave and Steve discussed ‘in-home health,’ asking Norm for advice about setting up the right home gym. “The very first question you want to ask yourself is: Are you going toContinue reading..
According to studies recently published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, pre-exercise stretching is unnecessary and often counterproductive. In fact, these studies found that stretching reduced overall strength during training.Here at Gym Source, we’re not yet convinced that stretching is unnecessary. EvenContinue reading..
Great golfers need to be powerful, limber and accurate. That’s why golf training requires a unique combination of flexibility, strength and mechanics. The right fitness training can give you a stronger swing and more distance off the tee. For best results, the PGA Tour recommends at least four 30-minute fitness sessions per week. Flexibility training is often considered the most importantContinue reading..
By Norm Morrison I’ve always been impressed by SPRI. Although this noted pioneer of effective toning and strength training equipment (like their trailblazing line of training balls, exercise mats, resistance tubes and more) could easily rest on its laurels, the company continues to innovate—and stay on the cutting edge of fitness. Take the SPRI Professional Xercise™ ball, which isContinue reading..
A diet that’s too high in salt (sodium) is linked to numerous health issues—think hypertension, heart disease and strokes. Experts agree that there are huge benefits to reducing sodium in your diet. A recent report released by three universities projects that reducing even a small amount of sodium in the American diet could save up to 500,000 lives over the next ten years.Most AmericansContinue reading..
You already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now experts have confirmed it. The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology examined the impact of breakfast consumption on appetite and evening snacking habits in young people who usually skip breakfast. Their results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. They found that eating a protein-richContinue reading..
Longer spring days mean more time outside—and a greater skin cancer risk. Will you be exercising outdoors? If so, learn more about protecting your skin. The sun emits two kinds of ultraviolet radiation that are considered responsible for skin cancers – Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB). Although UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, they are present year-round and can penetrateContinue reading..
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