Exercise has many health benefits, and one of the ways it achieves this is by the oxidative stress it places on the body. Now new research has found that athletes who take high doses of antioxidant supplements can impair the training adaptations from the beneficial stress which exercise causes.For active people, regular training is as important part of maintaining and … [Read more...] about Antioxidant supplements not a good training aid
Cancer is a big killer of Australians, yet a person has much in their own control in preventing many of these cases of cancer. Being physically activite is one of them and is now recognised as a potent ‘cancer-preventing’ habit.Regular physical activity can reap big rewards in cutting a person's risk of cancer with estimates of a 20 to 40% lower risk of colon and … [Read more...] about Beating cancer one step at a time
Is it possible to drink too much water during endurance exercise? The answer is definitely 'yes'. Water overload (hyponatremia) is a potentially life-threatening condition. Read on to learn who is at risk and what you can do to prevent it.Hyponatremia occurs when the sodium concentration in the blood drops to a dangerously low level. Sodium serves an important role in the … [Read more...] about Water overload in sport: who is at risk?
A study comparing how many steps people take each day in different countries has given some insight into what role walking plays in explaining the obesity problem. Counting steps may just be the solution to get people moving more.With so much focus on the food and dieting side of the weight-loss equation, the importance of increasing activity sometimes gets lost. Because of … [Read more...] about Counting steps to increase physical activity
Searching for the best way to lose weight? Should the emphasis be on diet, or can the solution be found in the gym? Well, the answer lies somewhere in between.In the red corner of the weight-loss title fight, sits the dieting contender. On the surface, dieting would appear to have the edge, because no matter what a person’s genetic makeup and metabolism, anyone who stops … [Read more...] about Diet vs exercise: what’s more important for weight loss?