Athletic Insight for Exercises, Diets, Supplements and Sports Psychology
Providing expert insight on Exercise, Dieting, Supplements and Sports Psychology through academic research, professional experience and laboratory testing
Whether you are looking to improve cardiovascular health, increase strength, grow bigger muscles, or to develop better definition and overall muscle stamina, this exercise section is for you. Exercise is any type of physical activity that helps to improve or maintain one’s health and fitness on a physical level.
The most common forms of exercise can be broken down into the following categories; endurance (running, rowing, cycling, climbing), strength training (abs, arms, back, chest, legs, neck and shoulders), flexibility (yoga, Pilates, stretching). Some athletes try to incorporate all of these categories into a single program, such as CrossFit athletes, while other athletes, such as strongmen competitors, focus on a single discipline such as strength.
Leg exercises are valuable to incorporate into any daily workout routine since leg strength plays a vital role in the movements made throughout the day. While some people do not intentionally focus on leg workouts at the gym, many exercise movements target the legs to some extent. Whether you are doing squats, deadlifts or even the bench press, you engage your legs.
Back workouts are a common exercise performed by nearly every athlete. From professional bodybuilders, to aspiring Olympians, having a strong back is vital. Not only does back strength help to perform other exercises, but it also helps reduce every day back pain, improves posture, and stabilizes the spine which prevents the likelihood of injuries.
Chest workouts are the most commonly performed exercise for both men and women at the majority of gyms. While chest development has evolutionary ties that drive reproduction, strong pectorals have many additional benefits. Whether you are a professional football player, or a mixed martial artist, the strength at which you can press an object is incredibly beneficial. Not only does having a well-developed pectoral region help with sports, but it also helps with survival. Without a developed chest, one of your most vital organs (the heart) would be exposed.
While you’ll often come across tons of extravagant equipment, with more and more innovative technology coming to market, a core group of workouts will exercise the chest just as efficiently as any other exercise. Each of these contains variations and alternatives if you find yourself needing to change up your routine as well.
- Push Ups
- Bench Press
- Chest Fly
Dieting is the process of managing food and drink consumption with the goal of losing, gaining or maintaining one’s weight. In some instances, dieting is also used for health-related reasons (diabetes, high cholesterol, allergies to specific foods, arthritis, etc.). Becoming aware of what, when, why and how you consume nutrients is valuable for living a happy and healthy life.
The most common types of diets are those that focus on; specific amounts or ratios of macronutrients (macros) consumed such as protein, carbohydrates and fats, overall calories consumed (calorie deficit vs calorie surplus), time-restricted eating and drinking (intermittent fasting), health-related influences and food sources (plant-based eating vs animal-based). Other common factors include religion, culture and ingredient quality.
While there are only a few categories for the various types of diets, the specific diet protocols and procedures can be broken down into an ever-expanding list. The following are some, but not all, of the common diets practiced today; Ketogenic diet, Vegan diet, Intermittent Fasting diet, Mediterranean diet, Paleo diet, Vegetarian diet, Atkins Diet, Weight Watchers, DASH diet and Gluten Free diet.
While there is conflicting research for nearly every type of diet, managing what you eat and drink comes down to knowing your personal goals. Additionally, your lifestyle and preferences play a crucial role in how you diet. For that reason, it is important to find a diet plan that you are able to easily maintain, safely. It is always recommended to consult with your doctor before making a major diet change.
Sports psychology is the study of how psychological factors impact sports performance. This includes athletic performance, exercise, mental health and overall physical activity. With over two decades of academic research published, Athletic Insight is devoted to helping teach athletes and trainers how to overcome, adapt and thrive in the world of sports.
A supplement is a manufactured product intended to provide nutrients that enhance or complete one’s nutrient deficiency or deficit. While some supplements are taken to provide a surplus of nutrients that were already collected from various food sources, or synthesized internally by the body, other supplements are taken because it is the only way to get the nutrient at all.
With so many supplements to choose from, it can be quite difficult to decide what to take. At the core, it is up to the consumer to know their goals (muscle gain, weight loss, energy, etc.), their budget that they are willing to allocate towards various supplements and to have an understanding of what is safe for them to consume.
Athletic Insight Sports Psychology and Exercise Organization was established in 1999, serving as a free, online resource, covering the topics of exercise, diet, health and nutrition supplements and sports psychology.
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