What Really Happens When You Workout?

An astounding 58 million people went to a gym or did some sort of fitness regularly in the United States during the year 2015. That is almost 20% of the entire American population. We all go to the gym for one goal, to get fit. Everyone just wants to be happy with their own body but do you really know the science behind what is going on when you lift weights or run on the treadmill? This article will explain what the different types of muscles are, how they are getting worked out, and how working out can turn you from being fat into being ripped.

There are  3 different types of muscles in the human body. The first two types of muscles are known as cardiac muscles which have to do with your heart, and smooth muscles which exist in organs of the digestive system. The muscle type we will be talking about today is known as skeletal muscles. These are the muscles that are connected to bone and associated with movement. The actual muscle tissue that connects to the bone is known as a tendon. Skeletal muscles are what enables us to move as they exert a force on bones which causes them to move in response to signals from the nervous system.

Although everyone knows going to the gym will help you, no one knows how it helps you. After you workout, your body repairs and replaces damaged muscles through a cellular process where it fuses muscle fibers together to form new muscle. The growth of the muscle is caused by the increased number of repaired muscle fibers as they are thicker. So by lifting weights, you are putting strain onto your muscles which is why you usually feel sore. The actual muscle growth happens when you rest rather than while you work out which is why many trainers or professionals take what is known s an “off” day.

This all translates to how you decide to work out. In order for you to truly gain the body you want, you must first understand how the gym will help you achieve your goal. You must know the science behind lifting weights and working out your body. So before you go running off thinking you will be ripped in a week, you must understand this is a long process. In order to truly become fit, you must realize that time is everything and not to overexert yourself, as that is what leads to injuries.






Competitive Eating Requires More Training Than You Think

Have you ever watched an eating competition and wondered how do these people do it? Well its actually a lot harder than you might think. In fact, many of the competitors have to train and prepare for these events. Although there may not be an official manual on how to become a faster eater, there are certainly tips and trick that will help get you there. There are quite a few things that you will need to know if you want to become a speed eating champion.

The first and most important thing you will need, is WATER. The only reason competitive eaters can eat the amount they do is because they have an abnormal stomach capacity. They get a bigger stomach through drinking large amounts of water daily. Water and small amounts of food will enable you to expand your stomach muscles. This must be a daily process as your stomach will lose its strength and start to contract if you do not exercise it daily. On average will need to drink around 3-6 gallons a day to successfully expand your stomach. Athletes lift weights to grow muscle, and competitive eaters drink water to grow their stomach. It is essentially the same concept.

The next step in training for a competition is being able to control your breathing. You must be able to figure out your own rhythm while eating. In order to do this, you must train both your respiratory and musculo-skeletal systems to find a consistency in breathing. To train these systems you must actually be fit and in shape. Running is a great way of building your body and your breathing as you will learn when to breathe while running which can be translated into the competition.

All in all, competitive eating requires time, discipline and practice. It can even be considered as a sport since many competitions have been aired on ESPN. So if you want to try it out, you must remember the 3 main things you will need. Water, a good diet, and consistent breathing.

Below is an example of what you can become if you follow the tips that have been given to you.





Should Caffeine be Banned?

Caffeine  is the world’s most widely used stimulant drug and for one main reason. 90% of North Americans consume caffeine on a daily basis. Unlike most other stimulants, caffeine is legal and unregulated. It is most commonly consumed through drinks such as coffee, tea, and colas. It has more mild effects compared to other stimulants and in some cases can even be good for your health. The stimulant effects the central nervous system, making your body more alert and restless.

It is a common drug that people use to get through their daily lives but could caffeine be more dangerous than everyone thinks? Research has shown that increased amounts of caffeine intake can result in many negative effects.

Some of these side effects include:                                                    

  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Reduced Fertility in Women

Although the high blood pressure is short term it still effects the body in a negative way as most scientists believe caffeine blocks hormone that helps keep your arteries widened. Caffeine is mostly used to relieve headaches but high doses can do the exact opposite and cause headaches and migraines. A study from The University of Nevada School of Medicine showed that caffeine could reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant by about 27%.

Probably the scariest part about all this is that large amounts of caffeine consumption have been linked to early deaths. A Mayo Clinic study found that men who drank more than four 8 fl.oz. cups of coffee had a 21% increase in mortality. Although it is rare to simply die from an overdose of caffeine, there have been incidents proving how dangerous caffeine can be. An incident in 2006 where the death of 19 year old James Stone from Connecticut was blamed on caffeine toxicity. The victim had taken two dozen No-Doz tablets which contained approximately 200 mL of caffeine in each pill.

So should caffeine be banned because of all the harmful side effects it gives us? Of course not, most people would not be able to live their daily lives without it! But rather than banning it, maybe limiting the amount you take could be an option. Simply drinking no more than 2 cups of caffeinated beverages would be enough to eliminate most of the dangers caffeine can bring.