We have this huge disconnect in modern day life because we should be moving a lot but we often do not. Having a body that moves well is the answer to a life in which you feel more capable, confident, and free. And unfortunately, if you neglect it when you are younger, you may pay the price as you age.
Today’s article is all about intelligent training for specific goals. And it’s research based. It may fly in the face of the normal stuff you see/read in the media, and that’s OK because most media sources are junk (in my opinion). So, put aside Runners World and toss out Muscle and Fitness and instead base your training on my science-backed article!
I have had a bad back since I was 18 years old and have had periods of intense pain as an adult. I have made it worse several times in my life and have tried all kinds of different treatment protocols. Along the way, I have learned a lot. I have also worked with many clients with back issues. So, I rely on my personal experience to make sure that my clients are able to continue training safely, while also putting some effort into strengthening the back.
What is evolutionary health? It is a blending of the Stone Age with High Tech. Let me tell you about Art De Vany. Dr. De Vany is an 80 year old self-proclaimed athlete/scientist. He is 6’1″ tall and weighs 208 lbs at is 8% body fat. The guy is ripped and never gets sick. He practices evolutionary health principles. Let’s get into it.
When I first started to get serious about training for my health, I used to work out every day. I rarely ever took a day off. That model can work for a certain period of time, but eventually it can bite you squarely in the butt, for multiple reasons. Rest and recovery are VERY important, and become more important as we age. So, today’s article covers the topic of tapering.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating strategy in which you fast for part of the day and consume all of your meals within a specified time period. There are myriad ways to accomplish this. A common example is to eat all of your meals within an 8 hour window (12noon – 8PM), while fasting for 16 hours.
A 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine discussed the effects of sleep deprivation on insulin. As a mostly reformed, long-time insomniac, I am always interested in sleep studies. As it turns out, it’s quite clear that sleep deprivation reduces insulin sensitivity for nearly all people, except perhaps the genetically elite.