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 »
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 »
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
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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 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 »
The target heart rate is the pace of heart beat that enables body to burn substantial amount of calories stored as fat. It is calculated as 50 % , 85%, 100% , etc of the Maximum heart rate.
A person’s expected maximum heart rate is about 220 minus age.Read More »
In our previous article we had a look at why it is important for you to measure your heart rate
Here we’ll discuss what happens if your heart rate is not in the normal range. Abnormal heart rates can cause arrhythmia, bradycardia or tachycardia.
Arrhythmia Read More »