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Derek Beres is an accomplished fitness professional and the author of the new book entitled Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health. In this book, Derek shares the interconnectedness and importance of exercise for not only one’s body but also the mind.
A healthy body is one that moves well and stays in homeostasis as much as possible. One way to achieve this to explore a range of ways to move. Continuing to move in new ways keeps both the mind and body sharp. In addition, when we focus on learning good form and use the power of muscle memory to maintain that proper form, we set ourselves up for success.
Derek also highlights several beneficial programs or concepts mentioned in the book, including:
Derek also emphasizes the importance of living the present and enjoying what we do. When we engage in workouts, it is important to stay focused on what we are currently doing to maintain proper form, but also to maintain the interconnectedness of the mind and body, which yields great results for our overall health. Avoid distractions such as texting between sets or even during workouts.
To connect with Derek Beres or to learn more about Whole Motion: Training Your Brain and Body for Optimal Health, visit http://www.derekberes.com.
Lose Your Menopause Belly by Shawna Kaminski is a short book that is jam packed with consumable and powerful information and action steps for women who seek to lose their belly fat and become healthier.
Shawna explains that as we age, our anti-aging hormone or human growth hormone naturally decreases. This is called somatopause, and is often to blame for aging issues we experience. The first outward symptom is increased belly fat. The best way to counteract this is to naturally increase HGH levels, which can be achieved through a moderately intense workout.
Choosing the right type of exercise is important, and higher intensity exercises will burn calories for an extended period of time even after you’re done exercising; this is called excess post oxygen consumption. Additionally, you are also building resistance and strength.
Shawna also shares a few key ideas from her book, including:
Shawna also warns that the scale is not the ultimate measure of health, as it doesn’t account for body composition. A combination of numerous measures such as one’s complexion, blood work, and how one feels may be better metrics. Shawna recommends approaching goals with a focus on the process rather than outcomes, as one always has control over the process itself.
The Coffee Lover’s Diet is a new book by Dr. Bob Arnot that serves as a sort of primer to understanding coffee and all the benefits it can offer. One main benefit is the great metabolism boost and performance enhancement it provides, making it the perfect pre-workout drink to consume.
There are many other health benefits of consuming coffee, including:
• decrease in heart disease with each extra cup you drink
• improvement in endothelial function
• cancer prevention
• decreased risk of liver disease and neurogenerative diseases
• decreased risk of diabetes
• decrease in the amount of sugar and fats absorbed from a meal
Dr. Arnot explains that polyphenols in coffee are key to reducing inflammation, which is often the main driver of disease. Coffee is actually a top source of antioxidants.
This helps to explain why coffee quality matters. The greater the quality, the greater the health benefits. Dr. Arnot recommends choosing a coffee where the beans were grown in a high altitude location. One should also consider a light roast, fine grind, hot temperature, and a fairly long time for extraction. He also suggests going to a local roaster to find out where their beans are sourced. Coffee should be obtained in low volumes and should not be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Dr. Arnot warns that some people may have difficulty metabolizing caffeine. Consuming coffee may disturb sleep, pulse, and blood pressure, for example. Those in such a situation should consume one early morning cup containing a high dose of polyphenols or selecting a decaffeinated option.
Dr. Jay Cohn is an accomplished cardiologist and the director of the Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. He is also the author of a new book entitled Cardiovascular Health: How Conventional Wisdom is Failing Us.
Dr. Cohn explains that more than half of American adults will die from a cardiovascular morbid event, yet we have the ability to detect and prevent cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is developed over our entire lives. Every organ is dependent on the blood supply that is delivered by the pumping of the heart into the arteries. As we age, the function and flexibility of the arteries diminishes, which may also be impacted by one’s genetics in addition to environmental factors.
The role of the endothelium is discussed, as this constitutes the inner lining of arteries and affects all arteries and capillaries in the body. This lining secretes nitric oxide which protects the inner lining of the artery from clotting, heart attacks, strokes, and cholesterol blockages. The release of nitric oxide can be greatly impaired by smoking or inflammatory diseases. If you have a known endothelial dysfunction, you should change your lifestyle and consider drug therapy to protect the endothelium.
Dr. Cohn discusses several basic dietary rules for cardiovascular health in the book. However, he points out that eating habits are less important than how much you eat and that it is more important to avoid obesity. Cholesterol has traditionally been considered as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, yet there has been recent concern over taking statin drugs. New drugs are effective in lowering cholesterol level, but their effectiveness in preventing morbid events is not yet proven.
To connect with Dr. Jay Cohn or to learn more about Cardiovascular Health: How Conventional Wisdom is Failing Us, visit http://www.cardiovasculardiseaseprevention.org.
Sirens and Titans Fitness founder Jacques DeVore and accomplished endurance athlete and fitness writer Roy Wallack are the authors of a fascinating new book entitled Maximum Overload for Cyclists. While this book may be geared toward cyclists, the lessons and tips shared can be applied by anyone looking to improve their athletic performance.
DeVore and Wallack explain that weight lifting is so valuable for endurance athletes because they seek to add muscle size or recruit muscle that they already have. For cyclists especially, it is important to maintain a small size, so lower reps at a heavy weight will help to increase power.
The importance of the mini set is also discussed. This involves doing fewer reps in each set, yet the body is exerting close to its maximum with each rep. By doing this, the body recruits more and more muscle power to accommodate the max jumps, which leads to bigger overloads and more time training at maximum power. DeVore and Wallack also warn against skipping the self-assessment. It’s important to establish a starting point to avoid injury.
Many cyclists are concerned about managing their body weight. One way to do this is by adding more lean body muscle, because you will burn more calories throughout the day. The efficiency of the muscle is also important to consider, as the increase of power could be more than the increase in body weight. Athletes don’t realize how much of their muscle is really being used, as there is quite a bit of inactive muscle that can help take the load off of other muscles.