Can stress be good?

 

Can stress be good?

It’s almost become fashionable to say “ Oh! I am so stressed”

Well, actually stress arising from certain situations is healthy and much needed.

Firstly let’s gain an understanding of the body’s response to stress :

What is the Stress Response?

McLeod (2010)  defines Stress as a biological and psychological response experienced on encountering a threat that we feel we do not have the resources to deal with.Read More »

Are antioxidant supplements necessary for individuals who exercise regularly?

Are antioxidant supplements necessary for individuals who exercise regularly

We do feel extremely exhausted post exercise and there are several reasons for it; but the oxidative stress generated due to exercise is one of the primary causes.Highly reactive chemical species, called free radicals, may increase during exercise

But do not worry, this kind of stress is temporary and is good for health!

The debate now is whether we need to curb this oxidative stress by supplementing with antioxidants or let it continue such that we get maximum benefits from exercise

So , let’s briefly understand what are antioxidants and where are they found. Read More »

Post exercise essentials for weight loss success

Food you should eat after a workout

Our body uses stored energy (glycogen) in your muscles to power through workout or sports. Hence, post workout, we need to replenish the nutrients lost, especially the important ones.

If we really want to kick the flab, then we need to make way for the muscle.

Replacing fat mass with muscle mass should be the main goal of exercise and all efft should be directed towards the same. Losing fat mass will means coming down on inches at the waist, hip, arms, thighs.

The simple rule of 3 R’s helps to remember what to do for post workout recovery  

  • Refuel
  • Rebuild
  • Rehydrate

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Food you should eat before a workout

Food you should eat before a workout

Pre workout meals / snacks

As we start to get regular with our exercise regimen, we need to gradually plan snacks/ meals to be consumed before and after exercise

What we eat before the exercise is important since we need to have enough energy to sustain the exercise at the level we intend to achieve. Now one may ask, why eat again while we actually want to mobilize the existing excess food stores. Well, there are 2 caveats to this:

Firstly, it’s not advisable to start exercise on an empty stomach. For example  early in the morning because there is a long gap between the last meal and subsequent one post exercise. Prolonged fasting period slows down the metabolism and we surely don’t want that. Read More »

Significance of Target Heart Rate (THR)

Significance of Target Heart Rate (THR)

Significance of THR

If your heart rate is too high, you’re straining. So slow down. If it’s too low, and the intensity feels “light” or “moderate/brisk,” you may want to push yourself to exercise a little harder.

The target heart rate is extremely significant because  it is at this level that you actually reach the stage where body starts utilizing fat as a fuel. Reaching a certain limit of your target heart rate enables the body to start mobilizing the stored fats and use them as fuel to continue exercise. That is what we actually want to achieve from exercise, right? We wish to push off the flab (fatty tissues) Read More »