Extending the lifespan

This blog is gonna get a bit ‘sciencey’…bear with me… It’s about cells, or more precisely, the mitochondria – the powerhouse of our cells, providing most of our cellular energy requirements. They have bacterial origins that have become normal constituents of the cells in our body that produce the energy needed for cell growth and …

Marathon running – longevity for arteries?

Both training and completing a marathon improves the health of a new runner’s arteries, a new, London-based study suggests. The study looked at 138 novice runners undertaking the London Marathon. The results – four years improvement in artery age 🙂 Over six months of training: their arteries regained some youthful elasticity, which has a positive …

Changing the game?

The Netflix documentary ‘The Game Changers’ has generated a lot of interesting debate of late – with some strong opinions on the topic of vegan/vegetarian diets vs. meat-eaters. With high protein foods & beverages gaining more popularity in the health and wellbeing market in the last few years, knowing what you need – depending on …

Sleep, athletic performance & recovery

Sleep is as important as the right nutrition and hydration when it comes to athletic performance. Sleep is crucial for effective, healthy training and needs to be a focused part of your training programme. The quality and amount of sleep athletes get can be the key to winning, or getting that personal best in a …

Athletes have bad teeth!

It seems, despite good oral hygiene, that athletes have bad teeth. The culprits – high-sugar sports drinks, gels and snacks. A recent study carried out by UCL looked at athletes across a number of sporting areas including cycling, swimming, rowing, hockey, sailing, athletics, rugby and football. The study showed: 94% of athletes brushed their teeth …

How much is too much – overtraining

We’re all a little bit guilty of it right…? Pushing ourselves when something is ‘just a niggle’ in the knee, we’re feeling ‘a little run down’, we’re ‘just a bit tired’. We tell ourselves that if we push on we’ll feel better…right…we’ve got a comp to train for… Signs of over training: feeling overly tired/fatigued, …

Vit D in strength & performance

On a winters day in Sydney – clear blues, 23 degrees and an ocean temp of around 20, what better subject than the sunshine vitamin – our friend ‘D’. A vital vitamin for: bone health and growthhormone production (anabolic – growth hormones, testosterone & oestrogen; catabolic – adrenaline, cortisol)potentially helping prevent certain cancers (breast, colon, …

Right type, right place – protein

Protein is vital for human physiology because it supplies the body with amino acids – the biochemical entities that make and repair body tissues including muscle, skin, bone, organs, nails and hair. Protein also assists in hormone production, regulation of metabolism, building of enzymes and making antibodies and immune system molecules. When training and in …