Hypertrophic gains in your muscles

8 tips for hypertrophic gains

If you’re trying to grow your muscles, to achieve a certain physique or increase your physical strength, then you’re pursuing something called hypertrophic gains in your muscles. It’s when your muscles grow because they either store more glycogen (i.e. sarcoplasmic hypertrophy) or because the myofibrils are bigger (i.e. myofibrillar hypertrophy). We asked the professionals how […]

5 superfoods you’ll want to add to your shopping list

We all want to thrive, to glow with good health. And we all know that the best way to achieve it is by avoiding stress, exercising regularly and – most importantly – eating well. Are there perhaps superfoods we can eat? So we do all the right things, like avoiding sugar and processed junk foods. […]

Why aerobics is good for you

What are the benefits of aerobics?

Recent studies have found that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days a week or 20 minutes of a minimum of three days a week is very important if you wish to achieve good health and – of course – lower your risk of chronic diseases. You would want to increase your heart rate to between […]

Benefits of boxing as a form of exercise

Boxing is a phenomenal form of exercise. According to expert martial artist, Jake Wayne: “A 155-lb. boxer will burn between 420 and 650 calories in a 60-minute boxing workout, depending on the exact activities in a given session. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on to find out about the other benefits […]

Yoga and the art of meditation

Why Yoga can help to keep your stress levels low

Yoga is a discipline that brings together the physical, spiritual and mental. The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word Yuj, which means to unite, bring together or integrate. Central to the practice of Yoga are meditation and breathing. Experts have found that regular meditation and deep breathing will help in busting stress and increasing […]

Exercise will keep you younger

Four formidable ways exercise will keep you younger

Many of us exercise in the pursuit of a particular physique to prevent weight gain or to keep fit. And of course because we know that regular exercise is key to good health. And arguably, good health is all about longevity and long-lasting youthfulness, right? Take a look at this – it’ll make you want […]

How to run perfectly

Tips to motivate you for that 10km run

Do you look at distance runners with envy? Wish you too could run 10km? You can – and don’t need a personal trainer to help you. Read on to find out more. 1. Invest in a good pair of running shoes If you’ve never run before, then you’ve never experienced the pain of runners’ injuries (shin […]

Benefits of weight training for women

The benefits of weight training for women

Visit any gym and you’ll see the dudes lining up to use the free weights. But only one or two women (and they’re usually there with a personal trainer or a boyfriend!). Women have, historically, avoided weights and weight training, for lots of reasons. There’s the belief that weight training is a masculine pursuit (kind […]

How children can beat depression

Five types of exercise that beat depression in children

We like to think that children (and teens) are content and playful. But they are as likely to suffer from depression as any adult. In fact, experts say depression affects 20% of our population at some point in their lives. And it can be debilitating for kids. Symptoms include a persistent sad or anxious mood; […]

This is a picture of a woman doing aerial yoga

Arial Yoga; Fad or fantastic?

Aerial Yoga – or also known as anti-gravity yoga – is a workout that was invented by a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer, Christopher Harrison. This anti-gravity Yoga gives you a total-body workout something between the feeling of being in a circus but still doing Yoga. It is so much fun! What to expect when you trying […]

What endorphins do to you

Endorphins and exercise: The drug of choice

You’ve heard it said that engaging in regular exercise is a powerful way to feel good, to stave off depression and to tackle the effects of stress. Ever wondered why? Specifically, it’s because when you exercise, the hypothalamus (in your brain) triggers the release of endorphins from the cells containing them. In a nutshell, endorphins […]

The benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

The word “Yoga” originates from the Sanskrit word “Yuj”, which means to unite or assimilate the spirit with the physical body. Looking at the history of this ancient exercise form, we learn that it developed between fifth and sixth centuries BC, and the first records of Yoga practice can be found among the Buddhist Nikayas: It […]

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