Recent Fitness Findings

Everywhere you look there seems to be contradictions when it comes to working out. One prominent source says to eat egg whites only because you want the protein without the fat and cholesterol. While other sources say that you should eat whole eggs to get the benefits of the nutrients and vitamins in the yolk. So who do you believe? At times it seems as if you have to dig really deep to get to the bottom of a fitness contradiction or myth.

However, identifying those contradictions, and dispelling these myths can be a lot of fun, not to mention very interesting and educational. With that in mind read on for some of the more surprising research papers out there that will challenge what you already know about working out.

Working Out On An Empty Stomach

Common sense would have you not working out on an empty stomach, after all where are you going to get the fuel from to execute the exercises? As this Rodale News article, and this Q & A page from the Telegraph suggests working out on an empty stomach is like trying to run a car without fuel.

However, a study was released that challenges this point of view. As Science Daily reports, the 2007 Intermountain Healthcare study concluded that fasting causes hunger or stress. Consequently, excess amounts of cholesterol are released, which the body can use as a source of fuel. In the process significantly decreasing the number of fat cells in the body. Therefore, in addition to providing adequate fuel for the workout, fasting also turbo charges the fat loss process.

The report mentions another study where the effects of fasting were analysed on the human growth hormone levels (HGH). This hormone is responsible for protecting muscle mass and keeping the metabolism going. It was found that during a 24 hour fasting period the levels of HGH were increased in men by as much as 2,000%.

All this clearly goes to show that working out without much pre-workout food is not going to be to your disadvantage. You just need to make sure that post workout you consume an adequate amount of carbs and protein to allow your body to repair the cells that were damaged during the workout. Adequate food during the resting period is essential if you are to reap the benefits of the workout and maintain a healthy body.

Younger Skin Through Exercise

There are a variety of surgical procedures and over the counter products that aim to make skin look younger. However, The New York Times reports that a study completed by McMaster University in Ontario found that by introducing some exercise into your life and you can take decades off your skin.

It’s not hard to see how skin changes with age. There are plenty of examples out there where the skin seems as if it’s the first thing to go on an aging body. The study in questions had 65 year olds perform endurance type exercise for a period of 3 months. The exercises were executed twice per week which included jogging and cycling at a moderate pace. Readings of the skin were taken before and after the 3 months in the buttocks area. This area was chosen specifically because it is protected from the sun, which is a factor that could interfere with the results. After the study was completed it was found that the skin of the 65 year olds had skin closer to those in their 20’s to 40’s. It is rather surprising that exercise can improve the quality of your skin to such an extent. It’s just another reason to exercise in addition to the many others.

Better Work Life By Exercising

Are you feeling stressed at work? Or is it just becoming too depressing as the rhythm of repetitiveness is driving you to the edge? If so then getting engaged in a workout program could be the answer for you as a study published in the Journal Of Applied Psychology suggests.

The study had 1,600 subjects which were healthy employees working in both the private and public sectors. An Israeli researcher evaluated the psychological, occupational and personal states of the subjects. The subjects were split into 4 groups based on the amount of exercise they do per week: over 240 minutes, 150 to 240 minutes, 75 to 150 minutes and no exercise.

Sharon Stoker of the Tel Aviv University said that it was clear that the less exercise the subjects performed the higher the burnout and depression rates were. The findings showed that the optimum minimum amount of exercise was 150 minutes per week. At this volume of exercise the benefits begin to kick in big time.

What’s surprising is that employees who completed as much as 240 minutes of exercise per week did not shows signs of burnout or depression. This is surprising because one would think there would be a level of burnout associated with doing so much exercise and going to work. But is seems as if the workouts improve the physical condition of the body to such an extent that it is able to take on a lot of daily grind. Therefore, next time you decide to skip a workout due to the mentality that you want to be rested for work – think again.


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