The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch. Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee or 4 cups of black tea) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo. When caffeinated, the participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.
Coffee before Exercising:
1) Enhanced Performance
Time and time again, caffeine has been proven to be a powerful ergogenic aid – that is, something which contributes to improved performance during high intensity exercise.
Studies reveal that after caffeine consumption, athletes can train for much longer and with more power/speed.
2) Boosts Focus
A pre-workout cup o‘ Joe can also boost mental focus during exercise.
Combined with the increase in endurance and power/speed provided, this can lead to extremely productive workout sessions, as you huff and puff with the seeming intensity of an international athlete.
3) Accelerate Fat Loss
Another benefit of taking a cup of coffee prior to lacing up your trainers is that caffeine is proven to provide a range of fat loss benefits.
Coffee can help burn fat as, during exercise, it causes the body to use fat cells for energy as opposed to glycogen.
What’s more, a caffeine intake correlates with increase metabolism, which forces your body to burn more calories during the day, and it also suppresses appetite, satiating those cravings which are oh so bad for your waistline!
4) Diminished Muscle Pain
Studies also show that a pre-workout injection of caffeine can lead to decreased muscle soreness when exercising.
So whether you’re pumping iron or racing down the tarmac, a cup of coffee will help you perform more reps and allow you to run for further with less muscular pain, resulting in a much more effective workout.
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Here are seven foods you should add to your regular diet if you want to keep firing on all cylinders. These foods may not make you smarter, but they’ll help you stay sharp and think clearly–especially when you’ve been glued to your desk for 12 hours.
- Salmon. This is one of the best brain foods out there. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids that have been shown to enhance memory and cognition. Plus, Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Shoot for three servings of wild Alaskan salmon a week.
- Flax. This plant-based source of Omega 3 is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Not only does flax improve brain function, but it helps reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Flax also helps lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar, making it a great supplement to include in any diet. Sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to oatmeal or add a tablespoon of flax oil to smoothies or salad dressings.
- Blueberries. These berries contain flavonoids–antioxidants that have been shown to help improve your ability to learn and enhance motor skills. Flavonoids also help prevent degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Add a cup to your morning oatmeal or to a smoothie. Or simply keep them on hand for a quick and healthy afternoon snack.
- Nuts and seeds. This perfect afternoon snack is a good source of both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which improve brain function. Plus, nuts contain vitamin E, which has been shown to help protect the brain from free-radical damage. Walnuts are best for brainpower. Cashews and sunflower seeds contain an amino acid that helps boost serotonin levels and alleviate stress.
- Eggs. Eggs are a great source of choline, a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps you concentrate and recall information. Studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s have depleted amounts of this important neurotransmitter.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. Kale, chard, spinach, and other dark green vegetables contain B-vitamins, including folic acid, which help shield your brain from the effects of aging. These veggies are also loaded in antioxidants that help protect against heart disease and cancer. Eat dark greens daily in salads or as a side dish.
- Chocolate. This treat is rich in flavanol antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain, helping to protect brain cells. But the percentage of cacao is important–the darker the chocolate, the better. Enjoy a small square of dark chocolate after lunch for an afternoon boost.
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Playing a round of golf has been proven to release powerful natural, mood enhancing drugs from our brains called endorphins.
However, if you’re married and you get caught playing around like Tiger Woods, naturally you won’t feel good about the mood your partner is in (and you may end up with a club to the head).
Depending on where your golf ball lies, you may need to use your imagination to make your next shot.
Depending on your game, you may need to be creative and lie on your scorecard.
POWERS YOUR BRAIN
Golf may delay the onset of dementia by stimulating blood circulation in the brain along with improving connections between nerve cells.
Swinging the clubs also challenges the mind in terms of strategy, coordination, concentration along with adding up a series of large numbers.
A Swedish study on the health benefits of golf has found that people who play the game on a regular basis have a 40% decreased mortality rate among their peers which equals a 5 year increase in life expectancy.
Unfortunately, their scores typically get worse which means that their final years are filled with misery and frustration.
Getting regular daytime exercise such as playing golf often means a person will fall asleep faster and remain in a deep sleep for a longer period of time.
Unfortunately, a golfer achieves this sleep in the middle of the afternoon because he typically tees off at 5:30 AM.
GOOD WAY TO GET YOUR EXERCISE
The game of golf is great for your cardiovascular health since it involves walking about 6 miles and can burn off around 1400 calories.
However, if you choose to ride in a power cart so you can take advantage of the handy beer holders, your lifetime membership at the club may be shortened.
SOCIALIZATION IN GROUPS
It is often said that the worst day of golf is still better than the best day of work especially when you are hanging out with your buddies on the course.
Of course, the game also teaches the fine art of swearing, drinking, gambling and occasional throwing of clubs in a group setting.
TESTS YOUR VISION
Every time you strike the little round white ball, it is an opportunity to evaluate your visual acuity when attempting to locate where it landed.
This is especially true if it should happen to slice into the bushes or strike the house on the left on hole #7.
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According to ABC News, a woman from New Jersey welcomed her 110th birthday with what she says is one of the keys to her longevity – a beer.
Agnes Fenton turned 110 on Saturday. She celebrated at her home in Englewood, surrounded by some of the more 40 children she helped raise during her years as a nanny.
When she was asked for the secret to a long life, she kept it simple.
“Ain’t no secret, just keep in touch with God and do the right thing, that’s all I know,” says Fenton.
In an interview for her 105th birthday, Fenton told ABC News she had enjoyed a beer and whiskey every day for decades.
To Alcohol! The cause of… and solution to… all of life’s problems.
According to Yahoo News, a Japanese bonsai tree in the United States is not only 390-years-old but also survived the atomic bomb ,which decimated Hiroshima in 1945.
Donated to the US National Arboretum, Washington D.C. in 1978 – this miniature white pine dates back to the 1625.
The Washington Post reported that Georgetown Law student, Moses Weisberg, discovered this remarkable tree while walking his bicycle through the arboretum.
He said: ‘For one, it’s amazing to think that something could have survived an atomic blast.
‘And then that by some happenstance a Japanese tree from the 1600s ended up here.’
It proves once again If you can take it, you can make it..
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According to Fox News, a crowd of several hundred gathered Saturday night to see Detroit’s newest resident: A 9-foot, 2,000-pound statue of a goat-headed occult idol named Baphomet.
The Satanic Temple unveiled the bronze figure to an estimated 700 attendees at an undisclosed location. The group’s initial venue canceled after local religious groups protested.
The group’s approach to secrecy with the second venue led to little opposition on Saturday, Director of the Detroit Satanic Temple chapter and national spokeswoman Jex Blackmore told Fox News.
“Protesters arrived for a short time at our first ticketing location, but retreated after only about 30 minutes,” Blackmore said. “One woman attempted to block the event entrance and was removed by the police in cooperation with the building’s owner. “
The statue will now be stored out of public view until the Temple can find it a permanent home. The group hopes to display it at the Arkansas State Capitol, next to a monument of the Ten Commandments.
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Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête nationale; The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet.
The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, which was the culmination in Paris of a violent revolution that had begun two days earlier, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests
What’s your favorite french food? Ours is Pan-seared Foie Gras
Foie gras paté is delicious, but pan-seared foie gras is unique and amazing. The hardest part of this recipe is finding a fresh whole foie gras at a local store. Once you have it, the recipe is actually fairly easy and the result mind-blowing.
Lessons about Eating we can learn from the French
The French diet is full of flavor and high in satisfaction. They don’t believe in low-fat, low-carb, low-taste, or low-calorie, but they do believe in enjoying their food, taking the time to eat at the table, knowing when to stop eating and educating their children about food. These are a just a few of the many lessons the French can teach us about a culture that truly thrives on savoring the flavor at mealtime.
1. THE FRENCH EAT FAMILY MEALS TOGETHER.
No distractions. It’s a real bonding time where they get to talk discuss life. The French train their kids from the age of three they spend time eating at the table at lunch every day in school. They’re not inherently better behaved, but they’ve practiced for years. By the time you see an eight-year-old French kid in a restaurant they have sat at a table thousands of times. It’s just practice.
2. THE FRENCH SIT DOWN AND ENJOY THEIR MEALS.
Eating great food — no matter how simple or how elaborate — is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s rare to see people eating while walking or shopping in France. There are no cup holders on caddies, or even in most cars. You eat at the table, not in front of the TV or computer screen, then you leave the table and do something else. When eating at restaurants, the French are never asked by their servers “are you done with that?” because the meal is a pleasure, not a task.
3. THEY FRENCH DON’T SNACK!
They eat, but not all day long. It’s OK to feel hungry between meals. The French don’t graze after dinner. That’s why when mealtimes roll around, they eat with real pleasure because they’re hungry. When the kitchen closes, it’s CLOSED and they have set mealtimes without cheating on the side. Portions are generous without going overboard. Although the French take in a lot of daily calories compared to most other countries (but nothing compared to yearly U.S. calorie intake), they don’t gain weight because of how they schedule their meals.
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