It seems like everyone and their brother is on the keto diet. It’s today’s diet of choice and appears to be one of the most popular conversation topics of 2018. Despite its prevalence, the ketogenic diet is often misunderstood. What a lot of people think of as ‘keto’ is actually just a low-carb diet, like Atkins. Before you decide to go keto, take some time to think about what you’re getting yourself into, and why.
Stretching is a fitness staple. For most of us, it's one of the first forms of exercise that we are exposed to. Whether you think of vintage videos and brightly coloured leotards, or you conjure up memories from grade-school gym class, stretching has long been associated with physical fitness; 'touch your toes, and hold for 30 seconds'. But, there's a lot of debate around the merits of stretching. Depending on who you ask, you may hear that ‘stretching kills gains’ or that ‘stretching reduces strength’. Others are convinced that stretching is the key to safe exercise and injury prevention. It turns out that there might be merit to both sides of this argument. There’s a right way and a wrong...
Sleep gets a pretty bad rap. People love to brag about how little sleep they get. Our culture thrives on the no-sleep hustle. You see it in tabloids and overhear it at the office: ‘I just don’t need that much sleep’ or ‘Sleep is such a waste of your day’. The super-human sleep habits of successful people are too often glorified, looked up to, and imitated. But, there’s a reason these habits feel unnatural. In fact, lack of sleep could be the reason you’re not seeing the results you want in the gym. So, let’s take a moment to put these sleep myths to bed.
There are plenty of opinions out there about the best time to workout, and every locker-room expert has their own advice. You may have heard people singing the praises of waking up early to hit the gym, to encourage fat burning. Other people swear by the after-work or midnight sweat session. The truth is that there is very little scientific evidence to suggest that one time of day is more effective than others. Instead, the best results happen when you find a schedule that fits with your life and your goals. Having said that, there are pros and cons to both morning and afternoon training. Here are a few, broken down.
Everyone knows that alcohol isn’t the healthiest of beverage choices. But life is all about balance, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t indulge from time to time. While the impact that alcohol has on muscle protein synthetic is debated, it’s definitely not doing you any favours. And though a few beers may slow your fitness goals, it's the choices that accompany those drinks that are the real progress killers, like that burrito at 2 a.m. Don’t let last night’s decisions affect your progress. Instead, drink some water, hit the gym, and kick that hangover to the curb.