Every High-Intensity Training Regimen Should Include This Low-Impact Exercise

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you probably noticed the calming atmosphere the moment you stepped into the studio. The scent of incense in the air, the serene background music playing as you set up your mat, and the heated room make you feel warm and relaxed and help start the 'unwinding' process before you even start moving.  Yoga is a mind-body practice that improves flexibility and builds strength through the combination of physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or ...

Cardio vs. Strength Training: Do You Really Need Both?

You may have noticed a great divide in the fitness world between strength and endurance athletes and their approach to training routines. Avid runners and triathletes focus on their aerobic fitness for upcoming races—often to the point of neglecting the weight room. The same holds true for any strength athletes who spend little time away from their lifting routine to to focus on aerobic fitness. But the truth is, if you’re looking for a new PR on the race course or PB in the weight room, or if ...

Vegans vs. Non-Vegans: Who Is Healthier?

We've been taught what a general, baseline healthy diet is: lots of plants, sweet treats rarely, healthy fats and fiber, and a few other buzzwords. But the question remains: where do animal products fit into the puzzle? Does meat and cheese belong in what we consider a "healthy" diet, or is vegan truly the only way to go when it comes to physical health? We compared blood results from our vegan and non-vegan users to see who's really healthier. Here are a few areas that show distinct ...

A Surprising Way Birth Control Affects Your Health and Hormones

As we’ve talked about before, birth control can have some drastic effects on blood biomarkers including sex hormones. If you’ve received your blood test results and been concerned about some elevated (or low) sex hormone markers like DHEAS and SHBG, it’s important to consider how lifestyle factors, like whether you're taking hormonal contraceptives, may play a role. Here's how birth control can affect blood levels of various hormones – and the implications those imbalances have on your health.

How Much Water Do You Need During Exercise?

It seems like phrases like "stay hydrated" and "drink plenty of water" are some of the lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to health and wellness advice. But what does that mean? How much water do you really need during exercise? In short, it ultimately depends on the duration of your workout and how much you sweat.

The Markers of a Great Strength Coach

  The world of sports performance is becoming increasingly scientific. Wearable technology, sleep tracking, and cutting-edge recovery techniques have made training programs more data-driven than ever. And while it's easy to blindly apply these new resources to the masses, a marker of a great strength and conditioning coach is the ability to personalize and individualize their approach to each of their athletes. Of course, doing so can be challenging – it's hard to know exactly what each athlete ...

4 Key Blood Biomarkers Associated with Female Fertility

  Female infertility can be confusing, discouraging, and all-around difficult to talk about. But if you're experiencing it, know that you're not alone. The truth is, female infertility is a common problem in the United States – roughly 10% of all women aged 15-44 experience difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.1 Some contributing factors, like age and conditions affecting the female reproductive system, are out of anyone's control. But there are steps you can take to improve your ...
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