Category: sport and exercise

  • The benefits of water. According to science.

    The benefits of water. According to science.

    The human body is roughly 60% water. The common recommendation is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This particular figure does not have a great deal of science behind it, staying hydrated is however important. Here are a selection of evidence-based health benefits of staying hydrated. Maximum physical performance. Physical performance can […]

  • Why do muscles ache after a workout? (DOMS)

    Why do muscles ache after a workout? (DOMS)

    After exercising it is common to feel some soreness or stiffness in your muscles. This is often delayed and noticed a day or two later. This is known as Delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. This type of muscle soreness can affect anyone, regardless of their fitness level.There is, however, nothing to worry about with […]

  • How do your muscles grow?

    How do your muscles grow?

    In order to improve body composition, it is important to see muscle growth as part of your exercise program. Weightlifting is seen as a necessary part of personal training sessions for this reason. Muscle growth basics Muscle growth usually occurs due to an increase in volume, and therefore mass, as a result of long-term strength […]

  • The afterburn effect. Is it real?

    The afterburn effect. Is it real?

    Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC for short, more commonly known as the “afterburn effect” is a post-exercise phenomenon that is little known in the wider sports and exercise community. Learning to tailor your routines to take advantage of this effect can greatly improve the efficiency of your exercise. In short, EPOC is the physiological […]

  • Muscle vs fat: what you need to know.

    Muscle vs fat: what you need to know.

    It is common for people that are just starting out on a new weight loss regime to notice that they are not actually losing any weight. This realisation can be a cause for concern. It need not be however. Using purely the number displayed on your scales as a way of telling if you are […]

  • When to take a rest day from your running.

    When to take a rest day from your running.

    When we are looking to make big strides in our running programmes, towards a goal time or distance for example; we often push ourselves too hard. The reality of the matter is that, as everyone is different, there is no hard and fast rule as to how much exercise we can do without rest. What […]