Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Belly fat is maligned for its way of tampering with any outfit that doesn’t involve a muumuu, but really there’s something way worse about the stuff: When white fat expands in your abdomen, nestling deep among your organs, it sets you up for some serious health trouble. We now know that this type of fat, called visceral fat, is metabolically active and churns out stress hormones like cortisol and inflammatory substances called cytokines that affect you body’s production of insulin. The result is worse than just being generally overweight; you’re looking at increased risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and even dementia.Unfortunately, some women are just more prone to carrying weight in their middle instead of their hips and thighs. Sometimes, it’s genetics—maybe your mother was more apple-shaped. Belly fat can also increase around menopause, or … [Read more...] about 13 Ways to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat For Good
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Getty ImagesJohner Images When you finish an intense track workout, you know you’ve burned a significant number of calories. But what you may not realize is that your body continues to burn them even when you’re done running. This process is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and it’s what people generally refer to as the “afterburn effect.” Advertisement - Continue Reading Below We spoke with two certified strength and conditioning specialists to get the basics on what EPOC actually is and what it means for runners.What Is EPOC?EPOC is simply your body’s way of cooling down after exercise. Our bodies use oxygen to produce energy while we’re exercising, and exercise that uses more oxygen—anything that’s high-intensity, such as an interval workout—burns more calories. Running Strong, which offers coaching and rehabilitation services to runners. It expends energy to help accomplish this. As a result, … [Read more...] about How Many Calories Do You Really Burn Once Your Workout Is Over?
Corey Jenkins/Getty Images Here’s the thing about running: If you don’t ever run fast, you’re never going to get faster. So if you’re trying to improve your running performance—even if it’s just to get those miles over with more quickly—then you need to incorporate sprint workouts into your routine.“Any running that’s faster than your current easy or conversational pace can be classified as speedwork,” says John Honerkamp, running coach and former head coach at New York Road Runners. “Running at goal race pace, track repeats, tempo runs, striders, fartleks—they all fit into the ‘speed’ category of training,” says Elizabeth Corkum, a USATF-certified running coach and senior instructor at Mile High Run Club in New York City. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below However you do it, sprint workouts are important because they help improve your form and efficiency at all paces. “They help … [Read more...] about 4 Sprint Workouts That’ll Increase Your Speed
My sexual performance is one of the few aspects of my life I don’t subject to brutal internal scrutiny. I like what I do and I’m sticking to it. This doesn’t mean I’m not willing to learn a thing or two, though, and now that technology has invaded just about every aspect of our lives, I figured there had to be a way to extract some meaningful data from a round of intercourse. If the Apple Watch can save lives and Siri can make distress calls, why can’t a device analyze what’s going down in the bedroom? Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Enter the Motiv ring, a fitness tracker that’s so small you can wear it on your finger. Just like other fitness trackers, it keeps tabs on your heart rate, how well you’re sleeping, and other vitals. The fine folks at Motiv gave me a chance to wear this inconspicuous—albeit stylish—black ring to help me learn a little bit about what’s happening with my body as I’m getting … [Read more...] about I Used a Fitness Tracker to Track My Activity Level During Sex
We've finally found a social media trend we can actually get behind, and no, we're not talking about the Condom Snorting Challenge. Using the #ScrewTheScale hashtag, people are now posting body-positive transformation photos proving the number on the scale doesn’t really matter as most people think. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Search for the hashtag on Twitter on Instagram and you'll find plenty of jaw-dropping transformation photos of women along with their accompanying “before” and “after” weight. Based on appearance alone, the numbers don't seem to add up. The “after” weight is usually heavier or equal to the “before” weight, painting an incredible visual picture of how healthy eating and strength training impacts body composition. Though it's mostly women participating in the trend, the same fitness principles apply to men. There's far more to being fit than the number that registers when you step on a scale. The … [Read more...] about #ScrewTheScale Proves That You Shouldn’t Be Focusing on How Much You Weigh