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Strength Training Isn’t Just for Building Muscles
January 24, 2015

Strength training isn’t just for building muscle anymore. New research has determined that strength training also enhances memory too. Just one 20 minute session of resistance training can enhance ones memory by 10% (Georgia Tech). During strength training the brain releases stress hormones which stimulate the area of the brain that plays a role in memory.  The major strength training exercises include the squat, dead lift, bench press and shoulder press, but are not limited to these. Bicep and tricep curls using dumbbells are great for women and people just starting strength training.

Who Doesn’t Love Chocolate?
January 23, 2015

It is a well known fact that women like sweets more than men do. But not all sweets are bad for you. Dark chocolate that is varieties with at least 65% cacao are actually good for you. Studies show that an ounce of dark chocolate a day can help to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. The problem? Don’t eat too much.

Protein Packed
January 22, 2015

Protein is essential to the proper functioning of the body. Most people think that protein is just for building muscles but there are actually eight types of proteins in the body and they all have different functions such as receptors, transporters, storage, defense, structure, etc. We consume protein through meat, plant or dairy which supplies our body with the essential protein to function. It was thought previously that eating too much protein clogged the arteries and caused hypertension. However new research shows that eating a lot of protein won’t increase your risk of hypertension. The recommended daily intake of protein for men and women averages about 50 grams per day. Therefore make sure you are getting enough protein throughout your day. Just remember to avoid the added fat, sugar and salt that come with toppings and sides.