Free Expert Tips To Train For A Marathon Need advice to run a marathon? Or maybe you want to complete your 42km in a faster time? Check out these free expert tips and nutritional advice to assist your training.
Give your metabolism a boost - slash your rest time, say experts. Guys who rested for just 30 seconds between weightlifting sets burnt more calories than when they rested for longer. Shorter rest makes your muscles work much harder, causing more damage. Your body needs to do extra work to repair that damage, which results in more calories burned.
Exposing your skin to sunlight for 20 minutes can raise your testosterone levels by up to 120 per cent, found Boston State Hospital in the US. The hormone builds muscle and burns fat. So, man up and take your weights to the park.
Eating raw garlic at least twice a week could cut your risk of lung cancer by 44 per cent, found a study. Experts say the spicy herb is packed with substances that may help prevent gene mutations, the spread of cancer cells and tumour growth. Include 33g (around 11 cloves) of garlic in your diet weekly.
The perfect place for your date may not be that intimate joint. Research found that large rooms make her feel more comfortable opening up. When asked very personal questions, people were more likely to share their secrets while chatting in a big space as opposed to a small one. You feel psychologically boxed in when you’re confined to cramped quarters.
Don’t rush your breakfast. Have it in increments to eat less during lunch. In a study, men who ate breakfast in 10-minute segments over four hours were less hungry and ate fewer high-fat foods during lunch. One theory: A big breakfast can spike blood sugar and insulin, the scientists say. Once those levels drop, hunger follows.
There’s little link between quantity of sleep and fatigue, found a study. The amount of shut-eye doesn’t determine alertness because sleep needs are affected by factors such as genetics and the quality of shut-eye. Find out how much sleep you need – track your snooze duration on days when you can afford to wake without the alarm.
Watermelon juice may help reduce the muscle soreness resulting from an intense cardio session, found a study. The juice is rich in an amino acid which had hasten the removal of lactic acid from the muscles, allowing you to recover faster. Blend the fruit and drink a pint before this Sunday’s marathon.
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