How I Learned the Importance of Cardio the Hard Way

When I am training clients the first time, I often hear this one sentence: “I don’t want to go jogging today, I don’t want to lose my muscles!” This is a deadly misconception. It is completely irrational, unhealthy and unscientific. As Will Smith said, cardiovascular endurance training is one of the keys to a great life, The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no…

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The importance of protein intake post-workout

  Protein is vital post-workout in order to kick-start the body’s recovery process. Here, Hilary Simmons explores the importance of timing and balance for health. According to research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN), the ability to build lean muscle mass is elevated for 24 to 48 hours after training. During this window – otherwise known as the anabolic phase – the body is greedy for nutrients, the muscles hungrily suck in glucose and your overall ability to process protein is significantly raised.   In practice, if you’re training…

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This Famous Movie Scene Reminds Us The Importance of Protecting Our Dreams No Matter What

A common goal for all humankind is to reach happiness. Fulfilling personal dreams is the key to  open doors of eternal happiness Will Smith in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, finds time to play basketball with his son. His son is visibly upset when he does not perform well and is ready to give up. Instead of discouraging him, he gives him a life lesson to protect his dreams. ‘Don’t ever let somebody tell you,you can’t do something.Not even me. All right? You got a dream?You gotta protect it. People can’t…

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From Babies to Small Children: The Importance of Reading Exposure

Children as young as 6 months old greatly benefit from being read to. You may not realize your baby is taking it all in as you talk about the pictures on each page, turn each page as they sit in your lap, and read the text to them, but they undeniably are soaking it all in. This is, in fact, a critical stage in your child’s reading development. The Emergent Pre-Reading Stage As the child is within the stage of emergent pre-reading (typically from ages 6 months to 6 years),…

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The importance of sleep

  If you want to give yourself a better chance of avoiding the curveballs, prioritise sleep. Clocking less than six hours of sleep per night compromises the brain’s ability to regulate emotions, making it that much harder to deal. And it only takes one night of insufficient sleep to make you vulnerable to meltdowns according to a new Tel Aviv University study that identified the neurological mechanism responsible for disturbed emotion regulation and increased anxiety due to sleep debt. In effect, the brain loses its ability to discern between what…

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