Our body’s blood sugar (or blood glucose) needs to remain in a specific range to maintain proper metabolic health. If we eat, get stressed, or exercise, our blood sugar levels increase or decrease as a response. It is then up to our body to produce hormones like insulin or glucagon to bring our blood sugar back into a healthy range.
Glucose, the primary sugar we use for energy, is toxic if levels remain elevated for too long. This can clog arteries and form free radical causing advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), inflammation, increased triglycerides, increased risk of heart disease, and diabetes (1).
The longer your blood sugar stays elevated, the more insulin resistant you become. This breaks down your body’s ability to accurately regulate your blood sugar, further putting your health in peril. What’s worse is that during this process you begin to crave sugar more; the stuff that’s screwing you up in the first place! And the destructive cycle continues…
If your goal is to put on some muscle, you’re going to get some value from this article! Do a google search and you’ll find a lot of different information breaking down what it takes to build muscle. Unfortunately, I have noticed through my own research there are a lot of gaps in information that are critical to truly understanding what it takes to be a muscle beast warrior. In this article, I list 13 necessary components to gain muscle. And don’t worry; following this guide doesn’t mean you’ll become a bodybuilder. Even from a weight-loss standpoint, putting on a little more muscle is always a good thing, because it will better support the joints and increase your metabolism. So let’s get into the details. Prepare to get swoll.
Who Should Weight Train?
Yep, that’s right. Even more interestingly, women and the elderly—the two groups who most commonly do not lift weights are the people who could benefit from a solid weight training program the most. To help drive the point home for why everyone needs to lift heavy stuff to maintain their health, I put together a list of 12 reasons why everyone should be weight training. Let’s get into it.
In my previous article, I talked about the importance of protein and how much you really need to keep your body functioning optimally. Today’s article will focus on something gym rats have been into for a while—protein powder. (more…)
This post is going to be a little more “science-y” than some of my previous entries, but I wanted to write about this because it’s such an important topic. As a personal trainer, I work really hard coaching my clients on how to breathe properly during exercising. And for good reason; if you don’t breathe right you are zapping your ability to give it your all, as well as (more…)