From our friends at Precision Nutrition

Sitting, standing, or walking: What’s the best way to work? by MC SCHRAEFEL We sit to commute. Sit at our computers. Sit at meetings. Relax…by sitting at home. In North America, most adults sit for about 9.3 hours. And that’s bad news for our health. When we sit for long periods, circulation is constricted. Metabolism slows. Muscles shut off; connective tissue tightens. Our brain hungers for blood and nutrients that are barely slugging through our system. Our body engine is set to “idle”, neutral, or even worse — switched off. Sitting too much makes us unhealthier, unfitter, more metabolically broken — possibly even dumber. Ha, … [Read more...]

The Myth of the Fat Burning Zone

Better off not you

A question I often get is "When I'm doing cardio (steady-state aerobic training), where does the fuel come from?  Because I want to be in the Fat Burning Zone!"  Everybody wants to burn fat...and most of us realize that we don't want to 'compromise' muscle at the extent of losing weight.  Well let me first start off with ' a little education' (I know, BORING, but it will help to understand my stance). First, the respiratory quotient (RQ) is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) expired divided by the amount of oxygen (O2) consumed, measured during rest or a steady state of exercise using a metabolic analyzer.  When measured the RQ calculated … [Read more...]

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