So what, actually, is lactic acid? For one, it is not a waste product, and it does not make you sore. Soreness is caused by tiny breaks in your muscles. The truth is, lactic acid is a pure, condensed form of fuel - a kind of power bar -- that your body isn't able to process quickly enough to use for the task at hand. As soon as your body catches a break, so to speak, it goes to work feeding this high-octane fuel to your organs and muscles, which gain from its rich ingredients.
Low intensity long duration training on the treadmill is history. Research shows that high intensity interval training will give you much better results in terms of post workout caloric expenditure. H. I. I. T. (high intensity interval training) is a method to do short intensive and very productive cardio workouts.
Every once and awhile I have a client who asks me to design a program only for her/his abs. Unfortunately having a nice visible six-pack has almost nothing to do with training hard abs. Low body fat is the only key to see your abs, for most men this mean body fat percentage under 10% and 14% for the women.
One of the most important rule to limit overall calories is to eat smaller portions. Most of the time we don't carry a scale or measuring cups with us and its easy to get frustrated with the portion size.
In this post, I'll give you some easy-to-remember rules of thumb that I found online.
As most europeans I grew up drinking wine. My dad had a small vineyard (loze) where we grew grape vines, fruits and vegetables. I remember vividly how every fall the whole family would get together to collect the grape. We call that "grozdober" it was a whole day event with a lot of drinking and grilling. I didn't like to help with removing the stems and crushing the grapes, because there were always bees and wasps trying to get in the fresh grape juice. While collecting the grape juice in a big wooden barrel my dad would let us try it. I never get in to the whole process of fermenting the juice and turning it to a wine, but remember sampling trough the entire process. My dad would bring a small glass garafa every week to try the "shira" - - the juice that has began to ferment. I liked that but not the end product. My first real wine drinking happened years later in college. Some of the wine my dad saved in a special chamber that he dug in the concrete foundation of our building. Last time I went home, I checked that chamber to discover couple bottles with barely readable handwritten notes of the year and grape type. I will always appreciate a good glass of homemade wine knowing the passion and hard work involved in winemaking. It has been 6 yers since my dad past away and that small "loze" had turn to a jungle of wild flowers and weeds. The grapevines are still alive producing juicy grape every fall waiting for the next grozdober party....may be one day.
This blog was supposed to be about the dangers of alcohol consumption but I got carried in different direction :)
I think that we can safely enjoy a glass of good wine from time to time and still be healthy and happy.
Life is about balance and when we do anything in excess, our body pays the price. Understanding the effects of too much alcohol is an important for our current and future fitness and health.