Strength Before Cardio: It’s Not a Universal Law

As information has started to become readily available both online and offline, the one niche that has been most searched is the health and fitness segment. It affects every demographic, age group and sector. Every person wants to stay healthy, positive and live a stronger and more positive for life. This makes him look for every possible way to keep it like that. With gyms and fitness centres mushrooming everywhere, workout knowledge is starting to get a lot more attention. Continue reading “Strength Before Cardio: It’s Not a Universal Law”

The Science of Modern Fitness

 

You could be hitting the weights, running, cycling, yoga training, or any number of other forms of keeping fit. Whether it’s for sports or just a great set of abs, people serious about fitness today are always looking for the edge. If you’re in search of an energy-boosting diet to shed fat for good, or a new cross-training routine to shave a minute off your mile time, look to the science behind modern fitness or take some courses in fitness available in Sydney.
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Is Crossfit Killing Us?

CrossFit says that its adherents Rich Froning and Samantha Briggs were able to net the title Fittest on Earth and also win $275,000 as prize money was because they outdid the competitors numbering 138,000 from around the globe by utilizing CrossFit innovations like dead lifts and burpees.

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How Far Do You Run Playing Different Sports?

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Different sports require different physical requirements, which is why many sportsmen work day and night towards their physical health so that they can cater to these requirements. Sportsmen are required to keep a healthy routine in order to meet the needs of competing against other sportsmen in matches and games.

A sport is not only a form of competition but it is also a passion for many men who take part in their favorite kind of matches. Their passion drives them towards working hard to their set goals and standards which is the basic principle of taking part in different forms of sports. Many sportsmen also hire professional trainers who give them the opportunity to learn how to play a proper form of sports of different genres.

Running is an essential form of physical exercise required by sportsmen to be good at. Not only is running a regular part of their exercise but in some form of sports they have to be amazingly good at running in order to win the game. Below are the running requirements included in different form of sports:

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Football: Football or also commonly known as soccer in the eastern side of the world requires the most amount of running. The sport includes a football stadium and requires its players to tackle a ball by foot and shoot it in a net to goal and win points. For this form of sport, players need to be over-qualified in the running field in order to perform well in the game since it may require a player to run from one end to another under a couple of seconds in order to succeed. Statistics have shown that a player is required to run for at least 6-9 miles per game which is why they train to run for more than 6 miles during practice. It may also require footballers to take a comprehensive sport management course in order to shine in the field especially at running.

Sport management courses are offered by professional trainers who understand the requirement of well-trained sportsmen making a long term career in the field of sports. In this course, every sportsman familiarizes himself with the standard of requirement and expectations from particular kind of sports. These courses allow sportsmen to practice running for 90-120 minutes a day developing their stamina for sports like football.

Cricket: This form of sport is also known for the running requirements involved in the process of the match. Two players play at a time to take their turns in batting and they run from one side of the pitch to the other to score more runs. Running is essential in this sport and reports have shown that each player runs for more than 150 minutes in total during a game. That would amount to approximately 5 miles in total. Cricketers are required to practice running and jogging for 3 hours a day in order to meet the standards of the game.

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Hockey: Hockey is similar to football, however players are required to use hockey sticks to play and instead of a ball, they use a puck which needs to be shot into a net at the end of each side. Although hockey stadiums are slightly smaller in size than football stadiums hence the amount of running might not be the same. Players have to tackle opponents and keep a certain speed while running so that they can get the punk into the net. According to reports, hockey players run less than footballers but more than cricketers and tennis players. They may run anywhere between 2-5 miles per game which is far less than the amount footballers have to run.

In addition to these sports, tennis, squash and baseball require ample amounts of running as well. The average comes out to be between 2-5 miles per game which is still a difficult task. Running may be an essential requirement of every form of sport however not every sportsman is capable of being proficient in the act. Professional trainingand long hours of exercising is required for beginners who wish to take part in such sports and who want to make their passion a reality.

How Does Chocolate Milk Stack Up As A Sports Drink?

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To all the whey protein fanatics out there, do you know what is being crowned as the new drink of the athletes? It’s none other then the drink most of us have grown up drinking – chocolate milk. Or at least that’s what the dairy industry would have us all believe.

A new campaign launched by the National Dairy Council, “Got Chocolate Milk?” features worked out drenched athletes gulping down bottles of chocolate milk and it is being referred to as “nature’s sports drink” by the dairy industry. It is stated that the drink can beat even the best energy supplement in the market.

This is all based on the argument that after a workout, the body needs hydration, protein to repair muscle breakdown and replenishment of sugar levels. A 250g serving of chocolate milk contains 24g sugar and 9g protein in addition to calcium, vitamin B12 and D. Though these figures may seem impressive, let’s have a look at how chocolate milk stacks up against its competition.

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In a study, conducted at the University of Texas, a group of athletes were made to drink chocolate milk and another group was made to drink carbohydrate-based drinks post workout. The athletes on chocolate drink were found to have more muscle mass and less fat. They had better times while working out and were found to be in a better overall state of physical health as compared to the group who were given carbohydrates based drinks.

In another study, conducted in the University of Indiana, male cyclists we made to perform two workouts in three different days. One group of cyclists were given chocolate milk after their workout. Other groups were given carbohydrate replacement drinks. It was observed that the group of cyclists who were given chocolate milk outperformed those who were given carbohydrate replacement drinks.

There have also been studies, which have shown less sensational results. A study at the American College Sports Medicine observed a group of soccer players, half of whom were given chocolate milk post workout. The other half were made to have carbohydrate based drinks. After a week of training, all athletes showed improved times, irrespective of the drink they were on. None of them showed improvements in muscle soreness, physical fatigue or performance. Overtime though, athletes on chocolate milk showed lower levels of creatine kinase, which is used to gauge muscle damage.

But is chocolate milk as beneficial a sports drink as the dairy industry is trying to hype it up to be? Worlds leading dieticians and nutritionists say that athletes require proper hydration and replenishment of electrolytes, sugar levels and top quality protein. According to them, chocolate milk does not contain enough proteins and carbohydrates to suit the need of all athletes.

Someone who works out moderately requires about half a gram of carbohydrates per pound of body weight whereas an athlete who trains for 2-3 hours typically requires about 3 to 5 grams of carbohydrates per pound body weight. Though chocolate milk may aid better when it comes to muscle recovery, a meal with more complex carbs is more suited for athletes who are into hard-core training.