Recently, a video circulated online depicting Australian trainer, Elizabeth Llorente, performing 1,490 reps of a movement the Guiness Book of World Records people call “burpees”. Many people in the fitness community loudly disagreed. And while general consensus seems to be that the Guiness standard is lacking, it raises the question: What exactly is a burpee and what purpose does it serve? Continue reading Burpees are hard to define, and that’s what makes them good
If you’ve ever gone for a run you probably know the feeling of exhaustion that comes with trying to catch your breath. Maybe your nostrils burn and your heart races as your lungs beg for air, but none of these body parts is responsible for controlling your breathing. In fact, it’s your brain that’s telling your body to breathe all the time, even though you may only notice when your breathing becomes heavy after exercising. Continue reading Why don’t I have to think about breathing?
It’s no secret that exercise makes your heart bigger in a healthy way, helping it to pump blood more efficiently and lessening the potential for heart failure. Figuring out a way to mimic the way exercise manages to do this could be an extremely beneficial way to treat certain types of heart conditions. A study out this week shows how a protein called cardiotrophin 1 might in fact do this: have the same positive effects on the heart, minus the actual exersise part.
We all know the benefits of a daily dose of physical activity by now. Not only does exercise tone your body so you can wear your favorite jeans, it even helps with your memory. But when it comes to retaining new information, working out may not do much for people who were exposed to high levels of mercury before birth, according to a new study that was just published in thejournal Environmental Health Perspectives.
When you think of exercise, you may imagine strenuous activities such as running or biking — the ones that make you breathe hard, turn flush and drip with sweat. But aerobic activity is only one type of exercise, and although it is critical for boosting fitness, there are actually three other types of exercise that are also important: strength training, balance training and flexibility training.
Everybody has at least some fat on their bodies.
While this can be due to genetic and other factors, even gender (for example, women accumulate fat on the hips, thighs and stomach) and our own habits have an influence on our figures.
If you’re like a lot of people, you made a resolution to start exercising this year, but you didn’t see it through. Maybe you were too busy, afraid of hurting yourself or just hate going to the gym.