Study shows that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with better exercise capacity.
Data indicates that 8 weeks of progressive plyometric training results in improvements in parameters of high-speed and low-speed muscular strength with no appreciable change in speed or agility. Additionally, the improvement in low-speed muscular strength observed from 8 weeks of progressive plyometric training was comparable to the results observed from 8 weeks of progressive strength training.
Researchers show that cardio training on an exercise bike causes three times as large an increase in the production of the hormone FGF21 than strength training with weights. FGF21 has a lot of positive effects on metabolism. FGF21's potential as a drug against diabetes, obesity and similar metabolic disorders is currently being tested.
Increasing strength and fitness may offset the adverse health consequences of spending a large proportion of leisure time sitting down and watching a screen.
Research shows that using the legs, particularly in weight-bearing exercise, sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells, essential for the brain and nervous system.
Short-term low carbohydrate, ketogenic diets reduce exercise performance in activities that are heavily dependent on anaerobic energy systems. These findings have clear performance implications for athletes, especially for high-intensity, short duration activities and sports.
Study concludes that the ‘repetitive microtrauma’ of professional football, regardless of significant injury, is likely to be the main cause of increased risk of knee osteoarthritis.
Research suggests even 10 minutes of aerobic activity can prime the parts of the brain that help us problem-solve and focus.
The principles that underlie athletic competition are in tension with each other: While fair play is essential, sports fundamentally celebrate inequalities and hierarchies. Performance-enhancing drugs have the potential to scramble those hierarchies, turning what has traditionally been a natural ordering into an artificial one.
Findings indicate that maximal strength benefits are obtained from the use of heavy loads while muscle hypertrophy can be equally achieved across a spectrum of loading ranges.
The Boxing Academies of Nilson Garrido adopt primitive training equipment that he developed himself during his years as a coach; plastic containers turned into punching bags, heavy rocks used for weightlifting and abdominal workouts, vehicle motor shafts for exercise bars, truck tires as weights for resistance training. “Start with the mirror and confront yourself first.” That’s when I realized that Mauricio’s phrases weren’t only about sport, but rather about training for life itself.
Resistance training can be used as an important tool to prevent degeneration and even restore tendon functions.
The rise of plant-based diets in the NBA follows a worldwide uptick in meat-free meals.
When humans simultaneously experience extremes of physical and mental exertion, our internal trade-off preserves cognitive function as the body's priority.
Young rats with access to a running wheel show improved memory later in life and increased activity of neurons generated in adulthood, finds a study.
Findings seem to confirm the long-held paradoxical belief that participating in combat sports can help reduce rates of violence, anger and aggression.
Physiological stress caused by a typical resistance training bout of 40 to 60 minutes can continue for several days post-exercise, as opposed to a full recovery within 24 hours following a typical endurance training bout.
Those with higher fitness levels also had more elastic tissue in the hippocampus and scored the best on memory tests.
The bacteria in our gut affect our energy metabolism, making it easier to break down carbohydrates, protein and fiber. They are also involved in inflammation and neurological function. So perhaps the microbiome could be relevant for applications in endurance, recovery and maybe even mental toughness.
Researchers suggest that the link between exercise and the brain is a product of our evolutionary history and our past as hunter-gatherers.