It’s true that sugar consumption is unhealthy in most contexts. But the exercise context is a major exception. Our muscles are highly sophisticated energy-producing factories that evolved over a million years or so. Apparently, the muscles haven’t gotten the memo that sugar is bad, because their preferred source of energy is simple sugars. There is no question that complex carbs provide many health benefits when we are not exercising. However, during exercise the preferred and, in fact, only fuel used by muscles is simple sugars.
NUMEROUS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN that the incidence of depression is higher in the elderly. It has been suggested that this pattern is associated with serotonin, a brain chemical that influences mood and behavior. Normal aging is associated with a decline in serotonin levels. At the same time, there have been many documented studies showing that people who exercise experience less depression. These studies suggest that exercise provides a protective effect against the development of depression in older individuals.
EVERY WEIGHT LOSS PROFESSIONAL INSISTS that exercise is an integral part of any effective weight-loss program. It seems logical that if a little exercise is beneficial, then increasing the amount of exercise should deliver even greater benefits. The more calories you burn, the faster the fat comes off. Right?
Although the benefits of caffeine in endurance exercise were first reported over 30 years ago, new studies reveal that caffeine offers athletes so many advantages that it should become an integral part of their regular workout regimen. First and most important caffeine is exceedingly safe. Even high levels of regular caffeine are not associated with any significant health risk. In fact, research is showing that caffeine may offer long-term health benefits in older people. Here are the latest facts about caffeine.
If your mountain biking adventures typically find you out on the trail for longer than an hour or so, chances are you use a hydration pack to make sure you have enough water to last the entire ride. These handy, backpack-like accessories with their flexible water storage reservoirs and abundance of inner and outer pockets have become must-have gear for serious mountain bikers.