Posted 1019 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Alcohol and Exercise – Will you jeopardise your training by drinking?

in medium to large amounts and in close proximity to training, yes more than likely! As always there is slightly more to consider. Alcohol (ethanol) is both a drug and a nutrient (providing 7 kcal per gram), however it is not an essential part of the diet. Alcohol has effects across a wide variety of systems within the body, but for the context of this article I will focus on the effects of alcohol on training and recovery.

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Posted 953 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Can exercise alter your DNA?

Whether or not we ride a bike, go running or hiking does not cause changes in the DNA sequence of our cells. But what does exercising do to our body so we grow more muscles and loose extra weight? Recent studies have even showed that exercising positively affects our cognitive abilities. What is happening inside our body and inside our cells when we exercise?

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Posted 960 Days Ago in: Training

Can sleep be essential for your workout?

Our brain is very dependent on sleep. For many years, scientists have been wondering why sleep is necessary, and why it is essential for us to function. During the day our brains work hard, sending a lot of impulses through the nervous system and between our synapses. These impulses are essential even for basic activities like walking and breathing. But can sleep also have more impact on our bodies and our training?

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Posted 973 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Does Caffeine Improve Performance?

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world, mostly because of one ingredient – caffeine. When we’re feeling tired, we often reach for the coffee pot, and that’s because caffeine has the ability to wake us up, making Monday morning slightly more tolerable. This fact has not been lost on sports people, who for years have been using caffeine in the hope that it can improve their sporting performance.

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Posted 976 Days Ago in: Genetics

Is coffee really the best way to wake up?

That morning coffee – many of us can’t really live without. We get cranky without our daily caffeine fix. It’s a habit a lot of us have. In fact, British Coffee Association recently stated that in the UK we drink a whopping 70 million cups of coffee a day. It’s more or less the equivalent of 7 Olympic size pools. We consume a lot of that black miracle-worker. It wakes us up, makes us feel human in the morning and tastes pretty good too. But what effect does caffeine actually have on our body?

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Posted 970 Days Ago in: Genetics

Genetics vs Environment - infographic

What makes you who you are? We know that your DNA has a lot to do to with it but can your environment affect your genes as well? Have a look at our infographic to find out!

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Posted 1005 Days Ago in: Training

Can the right diet reduce your injury recovery time?

Any professional sportsman will experience injury at some point in his career. It’s an occupational hazard that’s almost impossible to avoid and it forces every athlete to manage his or her body differently while on the sidelines.

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Posted 1013 Days Ago in: Training

Top 3 tips to help you get back on your feet after a sport injury

When it comes to sport injury recovery, there’s one thing you can give your body to guarantee its revival. It’s not an expensive supplement or a complex physiological technique to reduce fatigue and enhance performance. It’s time. To put it unscientifically – the body is pretty good at repairing itself. It’s the way it’s designed. And when given time, its ability to restore itself is astonishing.

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