Importance of Quality Sleep for Athletes

Fatigue makes cowards of us all

A lot of people are sleep deprived… Everything from last minute travel to anxiety prevents people from getting a good night’s rest on a regular occasion. While sleep deprivation is nothing uncommon, you’d be surprised to know just how many people don’t get enough sleep…

Last year, Pegasus Capital Advisors teamed up with ResMed and Dr. Oz to from SleepScore Labs, an organization that aims to enables us to understand our sleep and deliver the first clinically proven standard for measuring sleep in our homes.

Back in January, they organization conducted the largest sleep study in the history of the United States, which looked at sleep information from more than 20,000 people and a collective 1.5 million nights’ worth of sleep. And they discovered that sleep is chronically neglected by most Americans.

Just check this out – according to data from the study, almost 80% of US citizens aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep each night. Moreover, men in the US average only 5 hours and 45 minutes of sleep each night, while women are slightly better, with 6 hours and 9 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Creating an Olympic Style Gym in your Garage

So, you want to train at home. Great! Having your training on tap is going to make your life easier and your workouts more frequent. But, if you plan to train heavy in your garage, you had better make sure that you set it up right. In this article we pace you through the key steps required to set up a heavy duty Olympic style gym in your garage.

Olympic home gym

We’re assuming here that you have at least the size of a single car garage or basement to work with and that you have the freedom to install flooring and wall mirrors.

The first you need to do it is to clear out your potential workout space. Get rid of it all so that you have a blank space to work with. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Things I Wish Everyone Knew about Women’s Pre Workout Supplements

I started taking pre workout supplements for women after a job change.  The only time I could make it to the gym was 5:30am.  I’m not a morning person! It was hard to find energy to work out to my full capacity.

Woman pre workout

For real gains, you’ve got to train hard!  Pre workouts helped me do that.

Despite how popular they are, not every woman should take pre supplements. And if you do decide to give yourself that extra boost, you need to make sure you are taking it correctly. To get the best results, make sure you know these 5 facts about pre workouts for women first.

1. Start with Basics First

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Work Out or Work In?

Squeezing a workout into a busy day can be near impossible, but whether because we need the reliable rush of endorphins or because our resolve cannot be challenged, we end up fitting it in there. Despite all the days where we don’t feel 100 percent, completing a grueling workout can turn around our mood for the better. As fitness becomes a habit and a lifestyle, the question shifts from “Will I work out?” to “How will I work out?”

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Now, designing a routine takes a lot of research and effort, but if you’re not careful, you’ll overlook a very important step. Before you can maximize your workout, you have to know what equipment is available to you, and before you know what equipment is available to you, you need to know where you’re working out. Ultimately, your choices are an outside gym or creating one in your own home.

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3 Important Reasons Why Plastics Can Kill Your Testosterone

The hidden endocrine disruptors found in plastics

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2011 was a momentous year for global awareness in terms of the harmful effects of plastic on human health. Following a number of reports from national health and safety agencies, the European Commission outright banned the use of BPA in the manufacture of bottles intended for baby feeding. The evidence for the harmfulness of this substance, particularly in infants, became simply indisputable. Not one year passed and the U.S. also took major steps towards the elimination of BPA. We’ve been using plastic materials for selling and storing our food for quite some time now, which makes the legal action all the more worrisome. It begs the question: just how did we get to a place where we have to ban manufacturers from using toxic substances in their products?

Bisphenol A (or BPA, for short) is a compound widely used in the production of resins and plastic materials. It’s been around ever since the 1950s and, granted, it is a blessing for construction. In terms of chemical importance, BPA is vital to obtaining hard, yet flexible polycarbonate plastic products. In terms of human consumption, however, its effects range from slightly detrimental to outright poisonous, especially in young children and elderly individuals. BPA’s impact on human hormones can yield anything from diabetes, developmental issues, heart disease, genital abnormalities, obesity and, unsurprisingly, infertility.
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The Smart and Safe Means to Enhance Alertness and Alleviate Drowsiness

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In many situations, you may need to stay awake at odd hours. However, this is not easy for every individual. While a section of women and men manage this without much hassles, others find it tedious.

While sipping cups of hot coffee or trying caffeine induced drinks has been tried by a lot of people, it is not absolutely healthy or safe in long run. In some cases, you may get addicted to caffeine and there could be side effects as well. A smarter and better alternative is Moadafinil. It is safer and more effective than caffeine to induce wakefulness and alertness. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Move Your Gym Without Breaking a Sweat

If you are thinking of moving home soon and you find yourself in possession of a home gym, you’re probably all too aware of the enormity of the task that is ahead for you when it comes to moving everything from your old home to your new one. Just as you don’t want to injure yourself during a workout, you especially don’t want to do any harm to yourself moving your gym equipment without proper care!

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4 Health and Wellness Trends Companies Should Follow in 2017

corporate wellness

2017 presents changes for corporate organizations in terms of employee health and wellness. After all, health is an indispensable ingredient that directly impacts a worker’s level of productivity in the workplace.

With so many goals and challenges that companies need to tackle, companies regardless of size and nature need to invest in various strategies that are aimed towards holistically improving employee health. If you are a business owner, manager, or a member of your organization’s HR department, here are 4 trends you need to look out for this year.

However, it’s important to put in mind that no matter the health and wellness strategies you adopt for your workers, what matters most is that they cater to their very needs and integrate with their current lifestyles. Let’s get started, shall we
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HGH for Muscle Growth: Can HGH Help You Gain Muscle?

Sexy Back MusclesHard work, proper training, and appropriate diet remain crucial for athletes willing to gain muscles, and it is difficult to succeed in sports without having these qualities. At the same time, various muscle growth enhancers, such as steroids or HGH, are becoming more and more popular among men and women who want to increase their muscle strength.

 

Among them, human growth hormone, or HGH, is one of the most widespread and arguably efficacious ways to help gain muscle mass. In this article, we will review the cases for and against HGH for bodybuilding and will conclude whether growth hormone should be used by athletes for muscle growth.

 

What is HGH?

HGH is a common abbreviation for human growth hormone, also known as somatropin. This hormone controls the processes of cell growth and regeneration in the human body. That is why it is undeniably crucial for our healthy and consistent development. Although the pituitary gland produces natural growth hormone sufficient for most people, some people can suffer from growth hormone deficiency.

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A Few Common-Sense Summer Fitness Training Tips

With the summer in full swing, it’s only natural that more and more people are taking full advantage of the long daylight hours by spending plenty of time outside. A natural source of annual encouragement for an increase in activity is certainly a good thing, especially for those of us who are serious about health and fitness.

summer fitness

On the other hand, those inspired to begin a fitness-training program during the summer months ought to be keenly aware of how to build a proper training foundation to ensure their continued progress while also avoiding deterrents like an injury or training plateau. Dale Parducci, a fitness coach and personal trainer from North Bergen, New Jersey, offered a few common-sense tips for summer fitness training. Read the rest of this entry »