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Benefits Of Whole Grain

The next time you go shopping for whole grains remember that the less processed a grain is the more nutritional value it contains.. Processed grains are much easier to digest and have a great impact on your blood sugar level. It is recommended to opt for steel cut oats over instant oats or whole wheat berries over whole wheat bread.

whole-grainFor millennia, grains that humans ate came directly from the stalk, which means they received carbohydrates packaged with lots of healthy fats, fiber, minerals, vitamins, hormones, plant enzymes and phyto-chemicals.

Even after the process to grinding grain, we still received all of the goodness that the three layers of grains pack in them. Whole grains consist of a sturdy and fibrous outer layer that is referred to as bran which offers protection to the kernel inside. The internal layer is made of a starchy endosperm that has stored energy from germ and the reproductive kernel of the seed that nestles in the endosperm. The germ is very rich in minerals, unsaturated oils and vitamins.

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Water – An Essential Nutrient For Athletes

Dehydration can affect the performance of an athlete to a large extent. With the increasing amount of fluid loss, the body temperature of an athlete also increases along with his/her heart rate. It also gives you the perception of how hard you are working your body. Concentration and skills of an athlete are damaged with water loss. Deficiency of fluid in the body can decrease the performance of athletes. It is difficult to find subtle and small changes that may arise in the body of an athlete with deficiency of water or fluid until it becomes intense.   An athlete should minimise their dehydration as the initial step to enhance their performance, especially when practicing in a hot climate.

Drinking-waterWhat, When and How to drink while training:

It is important for even a normal individual to keep themselves hydrated to maintain their energy level in their day to day activities but for athletes it is more important. It involves replacing fluids lost in the form of sweat during their training or exercise sessions. Realistic considerations include opportunities for fluid intake and a supply of liquid may vary between various activities. In some sports athletes get a sufficient break in which they can consume water but in other sports you have to find a way to get fluids.

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Fitness Goals – What About a Fitness Challenge?

Fitness goalsAs a general rules, trainers and fitness experts will tell you that setting a fitness goal is critical to your success. Without a goal, there is no endpoint to shoot for. Your goal needs to be challenging but also achievable. How do you set your goals? Can a fitness challenge be useful?

What is Your Objective?

An objective and a goal are two very different things. In setting fitness goals, it is important to ask yourself : “What am I trying to achieve with my fitness program?”  Is your goal to lose weight or to improve your physical appearance? Are you battling a health condition? Is more muscle mass your desire? Or is it better endurance, flexibility and strength? You are not limited to ONE goal, but you do need to determine a main objective. It will help you stay motivated help you to design an overall plan to reach it.

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Types Of Sports Drinks – It’s Benefits During Workouts

There is a common belief that “sports drinks” include the term sports then it becomes essential to include in sports nutrition while preparing for athletic activity or workout. The sports nutrients included must contain some special ingredients that will enhance your performance while practicing.

sports-drinksHowever, the fact is that sports drinks contain electrolytes that help in controlling osmosis in the body. At the same time they maintain the balance between acid and base in your body for normal and regular cellular activities.
Here are the three most popular types of sports drinks:

Isotonic: It helps in replacing lost fluids while exercising in the form of sweat and boost the level of carbohydrates in the body. It is suitable for the average athlete.

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Stretch Marks – A Bodybuilder Problem

Learn what to do to care and prevent stretch marks. Stretch marks are small tears in the dermis of your skin caused by growing too quick.
Skin levelsThe skin is made up of three layers; the top protective layer called the epidermis, the middle layer called the dermis which contains the hair follicles and sweat glands and the lowest layer the hypodermis which contains blood vessels, fat and connective tissue.

What Causes Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are caused by the tearing of the dermis from stretching the skin beyond its normal range. These marks can vary from dark purple to light pink in color. The collagen fibers and elastin in skin are broken down and cause the appearance of scars. Dry skin has less elasticity and is more prone to stretch marks. Over several years, the color of stretch marks will possibly fade in color but very little will happen to the scars.

The most common causes are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Fast weight gain (bulking cycle)
  • Obesity

So what do you do to repair or better yet, prevent them?

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5 Best Songs For Workouts

There are many individuals who love to hear music while working out in a gym to boost their mood as well as to enjoy their workout session completely.
However, the taste of music for every individual differs. Which is a great song for you while exercising in the gym? Is it an aggressive lyrics or high BPM? Some individuals love to hear songs that allow them to day dream while doing their regular workout, as it gives them an awesome feeling.
However, here are the Top 5 Dead or Alive: The Best Workout Songs Ever –

TI_3721. Big Things Poppin from T.I.

Good For: Dips, Push ups, etc.
The song and its video of Big Things Poppin is one of the most potent workout songs. The Big Shit Poppin is another song from the same singer which also works well while doing workouts in the gym.

2. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger from Daft Punk

Good For: Cardio.
This song motivates you to run for a longer time span along with great intensity. However, the song should be from the “Alive 2007” album of Daft Punk. Although the other versions of the song are also good, they do not carry the same impact as the original track.

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