Four Fitness Facts Friday
How’s that for alliteration?
Good morning, my friends, and happy Friday! Is it just me, or did this week seem to fly by? I can’t believe it’s already Friday and the weekend is right around the corner. I’ve got a few clients, followed by a few hours at work, a couple appointments. Then it’s weeeeeeknd time As you’re reading this, I’m probably making someone sweat.
Since I had somewhat of an early wakeup call, I took breakfast on the go today.
Just your regular mocha frap protein shake.
In Wednesday’s post, I gave a shoutout to IDEAFIT Journal, because it’s one way I keep current with the fitness industry. This month’s issue had quite a few interesting facts, and today I’m here to share the most interesting one (in my humble opinion) with ya’ll.
Hence, we have Four Fitness Facts Friday!!
Fitness Fact # 1
An Italian study recently found that eating breakfast before working out does, in fact, make you burn more fat than doing a fasted workout. The study found in a group of men who did 36 minutes of cardio – one group before eating breakfast and one after – that the group who ate breakfast before sweating it out had a higher excess postexercise oxygen consumption (EPOC,) thus a higher afterburn, as well as burned more fat as fuel both 12 hours and 24 hours post-exercise. The two groups performed the exact same workout and ate the exact same meals throughout the day. The only difference was the timing of breakfast. Myth=busted. Fasted cardio does NOT burn more fat!
Fitness Fact #2
According to a report in Science Translational Medicine, postexercise massage promotes the development of mitochondria, which help energy production. The report also noted a decrease in inflammation levels. Too bad I don’t have an on-call masseuse… I guess my foam roller will have to do
Fitness DVD sales are on the rise!
OK, so this one isn’t ground-breaking, but I found super surprising. With MP3’s and iTunes and digital media replacing…hardware (?) it surprised me to hear the sales of fitness DVD is alive ‘n thriving. According the article, it’s expected to rise nearly 10% in the next 5 years. Guess I better keep around that DVD player after all
Fitness Fact #4
We all know that strength training is good for us – it prevents osteoarthritis, protects our bones and connective tissue, increases our metabolism, and builds muscle that’s pretty easy on the eyes. However, it also benefits the mind and physiological body. According to the article Resistance Training Benefits Mind and Body, it decreases anxiety, improves brain cognition, and increases self-esteem. Not that you needed any more reason to pick up a dumbbell, but it seems there’s more and more research every day saying it’s one of the best things we can do for our health!
Hope you feel more knowledgeable now – I think I’ve got a bigger brain!
Have a happy Friday, loves!
Do you eat before working out in the morning? I have to admit…I haven’t been lately! I just eat right after working out. But if I’m going to be up for a while – say, training a client and then working out, I’ll eat a little something.