This week’s roundup of articles will help you set up an optimal workspace; determine when to eat relative to working out; let you know if artificial sweeteners have their place; teach you how to take care of your spine; and give you the real deal on what causes heart disease (it’s not what most people think.
1. Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work
With the impact of long periods of sedentary behaviour being better-understood, ergonomics takes more and more priority for today’s workforce. Besides the obvious postural issues that come with being seated for prolonged periods of time, recent research suggests that it can also cause the body to begin shutting down specific regulatory functions. A few tweaks to your desk space and office layout can have huge impacts on your health, posture and productivity (heck, some of these alternatives are even cheaper than traditional office furniture). You can see a great list of office tips by Tim Ferris in this article.
2. After a Meal, or on an Empty Stomach?
Nutrition and exercise can’t really be separated. Train like a monster? Absolutely. But if you don’t fuel yourself appropriately it’s just a matter of time before you hit a wall and require some serious overhaul both physically and mentally. While it’s currently popular to train fasted, the question remains as to whether that’s a sustainable method. Recent research suggests that the best approach is to have a light meal before training if you’re looking to shed some serious pounds. Take a look at this research by Paoli et. al and see for yourself.
3. Battle of the Beverages: Sugar-Sweetened vs. Artificially-Sweetened
Here we have a neat piece of research that finally answers those dinner table questions about the differences between diet soda and regular. A cohort study that included over 42,000 men was conducted to see which type of drink had significant effects on certain biomarkers such as blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol. After taking into account other lifestyle factors such as exercise and smoking, the results are in. Take a look at the research that determined which drink is better for your health here.
4. From The Horse’s Mouth: Dr. Stuart McGill
When one of the best (if not the best) spine specialists on the planet gives an interview to explain his theories and findings, you’d be foolish to turn a deaf ear. With more than 30 years of clinical research and over 300 peer-reviewed articles published, Dr. McGill is definitely one of the leading authorities within the fitness and health community. In this two-part interview, he discusses everything from injury prevention to his work with some of the best athletes in the world (Georges St. Pierre, anyone?).
Here is the full interview, Part 1 & Part 2.
5. What Really Causes Heart Disease?
Heart disease is truly a serious epidemic in North America. Morbid obesity, stroke, heart disease and diabetes are all connected by certain lifestyle factors that we all can and should avoid. There are many ways to steer clear from these conditions as found in this article by Dr. Dwight Lundell. Regardless of your current state of health or training, this piece by Dr. Lundell is certainly an eye-opener that should be taken to heart.