11 Fitness Myths

11 Fitness Myths That Are Doing More Harm Than Good

Whether you want to tone up, slim down, or boost your mood, you’ve likely taken a stab at tweaking your fitness routine.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fitness advice out there that won’t help you meet your goals and could actually do more harm than good.
Here’s an overview of some of the most enduring workout myths and misconceptions, as well as the real science that can help you meet your fitness goals in a healthy way.

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The Power of Protein

Protein is a powerful macronutrient and without it, you might have more difficulty maintaining both your weight and consistent energy throughout the day.

Proteins, which are made up of amino acids, are the building blocks of muscle, hair, enzymes, antibodies and collagen in the body. Your body produces 11 of the 20 amino acids the body needs. The other nine amino acids must be consumed through food. If a food has all 9 amino acids, it is considered a complete protein. Generally, animal meats, dairy and eggs are complete proteins, while most plant-based proteins, with the exception of soy, are incomplete proteins.

Here are six key benefits to eating more protein:

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Sugar Does Rot Your Brain After All

Time to lower your sugar intake.

Scientists from the University of Bath have just found the first connection between excess blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in this unprecedented study found what they describe as a molecular “tipping point,” where a crucial enzyme related to inflammation response and insulin regulation is damaged by excess glucose. While the scientists involved do not make the direct assertion, the takeaway is Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by consuming too much sugar.

This latest research has uncovered the specific molecular link between glucose and Alzheimer’s. So forget the extra pounds from drinking too much soda and eating too many donuts: sugar may be truly rotting your brain.

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Suspension Training for Muscle Mass

6 MUSCLE-BUILDING TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING EXERCISES FOR INCREASING MUSCLE MASS

It’s not uncommon for bodybuilders to glance at the straps of the TRX Suspension Trainer and wonder, “How can these floppy pieces of nylon webbing possibly help me add muscle mass?”

The answer, of course, is grounded in the science of how muscle is actually built. When a significant load is applied to the muscles, a chain of reactions occur, including muscle damage and altered hormonal balance, that leads to an increase in thickness and number of myofibrils (i.e., hypertrophy). The key is that the load placed on the muscles must be significant enough to require the muscles to adapt.

Which brings us back to the question about the TRX Suspension Trainer: Can it provide a great enough load to actually build muscle? Here’s what the research says:

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