Everybody needs resistance!

As a fitness professional trying to grow his business, I always encounter pretty much the same objections, some of these objections,Speth-WorldMasters however, seems to keep coming back more than others and they make absolutely no sense whatsoever. The goal of this article is to address in the most scientific and clear manner these objections that seem so deeply rooted in the untrained population.

 

 

Before I go any further I have to explain a clear distinction between two words that I will use extensively in this article: Exercising and Training. Even though these two might seem quite similar, they really are not. Exercising is basically a form of dynamic, random, somewhat athletic activity that may results in caloric expenditure and elevated heart rate (walking the dog, cycling with the family on Sundays, swimming whenever the weather is nice enough, etc…). Training is something that is planned, thought out, regular and specifically aimed at progressing in a particular modality of exercise.

Training might seem reserved or limited to athletes, this is a total misconception, any goal in life cannot be reached without an amount of training, you have to do something over and over, while slowly increasing the difficulty in order to “get better” at something or in order to achieve a “goal”. In the realm of health and fitness, your goal doesn’t have to be an Olympic medal, it might simply be loosing a few pounds, gaining muscle, getting rid of that nasty lower back pain, not being out of breath after walking up a flight of stairs, etc… Exercising might induce, with a lot of luck and on an extended and unpredictable time frame some of these benefits but it usually does not.

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Sweet Potato loaf

As everyone seems to be interested in recipes… Here is a new one, which can easily be used as a healthy dessert or again, as a pre or post workout snack (high in carbohydrates and proteins)

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superfood : Hemp

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When we think about hemp products the first thought that comes to mind is marijuana, pot, hashish, ganja and many other words connected to drug consumption. But in fact, hemp is originally a harmless plant, that has been cultivated for 8000 years. Continue reading

Superfood : Coconut

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The coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm named Cocos nucifera. It has been produced and utilized for a while by the Philippinian, Indonesian, Malaysian and Polynesian, but also by the South American, Indian, Hawaiian and Floridian. The drupe (fruit in which an outer flesh part surrounds a shell) and its derived products are spread around the world because of their versatile utilizations, their wonderful taste and their multiple health benefits.

From the roots to the leaves, the coconut tree has been used for many purposes, but what interests us here is the culinary use of its superfood through water, milk, flesh, oil, nectar and palm heart. Continue reading

Lifestyle during pregnancy : Sport & Physical Activity

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We know now, that sport and physical activity are important, even essential at any stage of a human being’s life. Pregnancy does not break this rule. But why is it so important ? Wouldn’t it be, in the contrary, dangerouse both for mother and child ?

A lot of studies were conducted throughout many decades since the middle of the 20th century to finally conclude that pregnancy is recognized as a unique time for behavior modifications and is no longer considered a condition for confinement. Continue reading

Carnitine : Facts or Fiction

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Carnitine as a fat burner

Carnitine, much like creatine (even though their functions are quite different) is a supplement that has been available for years (even decades). It has always been categorized by common wisdom as a « fat burner » or « fat mobilizer », and considered by better informed parties as a placebo product because no study (until very recently) had been able to prove the efficacy of oral carnitine supplementation regarding fat oxidation. Continue reading

The importance of a well-balanced diet during pregnancy : Preventable risk factors

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All these recommendations about macro and micronutrients are great but very difficult to follow. So what concequences could happen if a pregnant woman underfed or overfed herself and her unborn child ?

But much more important, what could happen if a pregnant woman does not care about what she puts into her mouth ? In addition to an inappropriate nourishment, cigarettes, alcohol, and even caffeine are a concern during gestational and lactation periods. Continue reading

The importance of a well-balanced diet during pregnancy : Micronutrients

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As we have seen in the « Macronutrients article », Carbohydrates, fats and proteins cannot work alone. Once the sources are ingested, macronutrients need help to begin their metabolization and that is when the Micronutrients come into play.

Moreover, during pregnancy and lactation, nutritional requirement increase to support fetal and infant growth as well as maternal metabolism and tissue development specific to reproduction. Therefore, in order to provide the nutritional requirements and avoid fetal growth retardation and congenital anomalies, a proper vitamins and minerals intake is essential. Continue reading

The importance of a well-balanced diet during pregnancy : Macronutrients

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This article is the first one of a serie about pregnancy that is going to be published throughout this month of December and maybe January too. Why ? Because the coldest  months of the year are the most productive ones when it comes to baby conception… 😉

Everyone knows that following a well-balanced lifestyle, which means a diet filled with high-quality nutrients, is the most essential element to help our body stay healthy as long as possible.

But do you know that you could be predisposed to some diseases because of what your mother ate when you were only a fetus inside her belly ? Keep reading and you could surprised how much food is significant during pregnancy for both child and mother. Continue reading