You already know it’s wise to limit your sugar and fruit intake. High glycemic chemicals such as the aforementioned have a slue of negative side effects, and again, hopefully you’re well educated on those. One that often gets overlooked, though, is the inhibition of HGH (human growth hormone), especially right after a bout of intense exercise, such as an X Gym workout.
You might be asking what HGH is and why you need it? Well, here’s a hint: it’s a popular, illegal substance among many professional athletes. It’s illegal because the unnatural form of it can be dangerous, but maximizing its natural potential is perfectly safe. There is an array of benefits of HGH, but most importantly it increases protein synthesis and helps utilize fat as an energy source.
Only when you exercise to full capacity do you utilize your lazy muscles (fast-twitch b muscle fibers). They don’t want to work if they don’t have to. But boy, when they do, the fat-burning benefits are significant. Part of that is due to the HGH release in your body. But exercising the normal muscle fibers don’t stimulate HGH release, only the ones when you push yourself to that last bit of fatigue, just like at the X Gym. If you work that hard and produce a healthy dose of HGH, don’t ruin it with a high fruit and/or sugar recovery drink! Curb that craving, hopefully forever, but at least for two hours to maximize the potential of HGH in your body.
In 1982, researchers at the Cooper Institute in Dallas revealed an unfortunate symptom of inactivity. Originally the researchers were interested in the exercise habits of affluent men, and were gathering data to help support the idea that exercising was good for you. What they found was that not only is physical activity good for you, inactivity is bad for. While you don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to figure that one out, the unfortunate truth is that inactivity is worse for you than previously thought. Until recently the effects of inactivity had been largely unexplored, but in May scientists at the University of South Carolina and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge published an article in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise touting the dangers of inactivity. Their findings showed that men who spent 23 hours a week sitting were 64% more likely to die from heart disease than men who sat less than 11 hours a week. When you add together all the hours the average American spends sitting at work, in the car, or in front of a TV, 23 hours a week isn’t that much.
Studies performed on rats have revealed the physiological mechanism behind all of this. In their studies rats and mice who were not allowed to walk around their cages or exercise actually developed cellular changes in their muscles, changes that resulted in an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. The worst part? Getting regular exercise isn’t enough to reverse these changes. The pathways for the benefits of exercise and the ill effects of inactivity are different, and as a result you need to do more than work out on a regular basis to avoid these consequences. Fortunately there are some simple ways to avoid this nasty little problem: limit the amount of time you are being inactive. At work you can try sitting on a balance ball as opposed to a chair, or you can just get up and walk around for a little bit. If you spend a lot of time in cars, try flexing the muscles in your core and in your legs as hard as you can for 10 second intervals, repeating 5 or 6 times. If you are watching TV at home get up and grab a glass of water or something during commercial breaks, or if you are feeling extra motivated drop down and do some pushups or squats. Our muscles want to do some work, so oblige them! (and your heart will thank you later)