Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin” is a vital part of our lives. It is integral in the function of our muscles, immune system, nerves, bones and brain. Through various pathways, Vitamin D works to help keep us alive and functioning optimally every day.
Summer time in Colorado is a great season to get outside and test our fitness against the best nature has to offer. Performing in the summer is most enjoyable when we are feeling our best and able to tackle the heavy demands of our summer endeavors, whether they be in the mountains, on a court, or in the water. Continuing to train our bodies up over the summer months can help us remain injury free, recovered, and feeling fit. Here are three strategies to help you utilize the formal setting of a gym to increase your summer performance.
Jerry has been working with Kirsten for nearly a year now and is one of our most dedicated clients! He has seen amazing improvements in balance, strength and cardiovascular health since starting at HealthFit Gym. He wanted to share his experience with all of our clients and members, here is his story.
It’s summer, the sun is out, its beautiful and you are vowing the spend more time outside. We see it every year, but does outdoor summertime fitness live up to the hype that we give it? We have access to hundreds of amazing trails, open space, playgrounds and even outdoor gym spaces…but how many of us who cancel our gym membership during the summer actually use them?
Glucosamine has been studied for its effectiveness against many different things. Many claims have been made stating that it is an effective treatment for issues ranging from joint health, pain reduction from osteoarthritis, weight loss and more. Do you use this supplement in your daily vitamin ritual?
Our brain is resilient when given the chance to heal and recover. Chronic conditions affecting brain health are higher than ever before. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death and is expected to triple by 2050. Learning to adjust our diet and meet the needs of our brain can be the cornerstone for brain health and the symptoms associated.
No doubt you’ve heard the age old adage “use it or lose it” and have probably felt the effects in some form or another. But have you taken the time to think about how it happens and why it seems to happen more as you age than it did when you were younger? In fitness this is called the “detraining effect” and it can be seen from endurance to strength levels. This effect occurs much more rapidly in highly trained athletes, but happens in normal, every day gym goers as well.
Branched chain amino acids, or better known as BCAAs, are a series of three essential amino acids – valine, leucine, and isoleucine – that cannot be produced by the body. This means that these amino acids must be ingested to get into your system and be utilized. BCAAs can be a valuable supplement for most individuals. Studies have shown time and time again that BCAA supplementation can aid in preventing muscle mass loss, help increase overall strength, help build muscle mass, elevate blood albumin levels and even improve quality of life and nutrition status in patients with chronic liver cirrhosis!
The Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is made up of vessels, nodes, and lymph glands. It also contains “sacs” with pores that gather metabolic waste. The tonsils, spleen, and thymus, for example, are all parts of the lymphatic system. However, unlike the heart, the center of the body’s other circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump. As a result, it relies on the breath and other movement to drain itself. But sickness, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and other issues can compromise the system, resulting in a need for assisted lymphatic drainage.
Are you looking to shed some pounds without spending an excess amount of time in the gym or doing “exercise?” One great way to do this is by simply moving more! Through a process known as non-exercise activity thermogenesis your body burns will burn more calories the more you move!