Category Archives: Working Out

Working Out is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons, including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, and merely enjoyment.

Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea?

Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea?

Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea? Some companies are increasingly adding vitamins and minerals to juices, sports drinks and bottled water, responding to a growing consumer demand for these products. Even though the amounts of added nutrients in these drinks are typically small, some nutrition scientists are concerned that through their overall diets, many people may be ingesting levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals; “You have vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in foods, and then you have people taking supplements, and then you have all these fortified foods,” said Mridul Datta, an assistant professor in the department of nutrition science at Purdue University. “It adds up to quite an excess. There’s the potential for people to get a lot more of these vitamins than they need.”

Vitamin Drinks

Today more than ever, studies show, the average person is exposed to unusually high levels of vitamins and minerals. Already, more than half of all adults in the United States take a multivitamin or dietary supplement. Bread, milk and other foods are often fortified with folic acid, niacin and vitamins A and D.

A study published in July found that many people are exceeding the safe limits of nutrient intakes established by the Institute of Medicine. And research shows that people who take dietary supplements are often the ones who need them the least.

Particularly concerning, some experts say, is the explosion of beverages marketed specifically for their high levels of antioxidants, like Vitaminwater, POM Wonderful, Naked Juice and many others. The body requires antioxidants to neutralize free radicals that can damage cells and their DNA. But it also uses free radicals to fight off infections and cancer cells, experts say, and when antioxidants are present in excess, it can throw things out of balance.

via Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea? – NYTimes.com.

 

Steel Pull Up Bars for Strength

Steel Pull Up Bars

What is it about steel that makes it so strong? Is there a difference between steel and iron or are they one in the same? Are other metals just as strong or stronger? Is all steel created equally and how important is the fabrication process and/or the finish? Most importantly, does any of this really matter to us? 

Encyclopedia Britannica says that “iron is the most used and cheapest metal”. However iron is soft by nature, very reactive and can corrode. Iron by itself is not effective as a metal, so clearly is not the answer for the rugged pull up bars we are seeking for our home, garage or commercial gyms. While iron and steel are often used interchangeably, they are not one in the same; so much for “pumping iron”. Steel is an iron alloy and iron alloys are mixtures of iron with other elements. In the case of most common steel, iron is mixed with carbon which gives it its strength and durability.

Wall-Mounted Pull Up Bars


Many of the wall- mounted pull up bars you see for home gyms, doorway types and other commercially available models may be made of steel, but that does not make them all equal. You want to look out for those that use lighter weight tube versus steel pipe. I have seen some pull up bars that are actually made of aluminum; ouch! Also, check out the fabrication. Are there a lot of bolts that hold the brackets, bars and other components together? Welded joints are ideal in a pull up bar, limiting the number of parts that show up in a bag for you to assemble and increase strength, durability and overall quality.

The finish too is also something to consider when shopping for a pull up bar. While the finish of the brackets tend to be purely aesthetic, the actual pull up bar surface will definitely effect performance. For the work surface, we believe in raw blackened steel. Painted, padded, textured surfaces or other finishes are all out there, but provide for unnatural conditions in our view. As far as the overall “look” of the equipment, we opt for the authentic and rugged approach here too; raw blackened steel…


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Looking for Weightlifting Shoes?

Weightlifting Shoes

Are very much important for the game as the clothes. There will be an uneasiness if you are doing workouts with out a comfortable weight lifting shoes. It is necessary for weight lifting to find the right pair of shoes, which is comfortable along with grip.

It is wrong practice to wear a big shoes because one can fall from his feet while doing work out and similarly small shoes can hurt your feet and end with a sore feet.

Weight lifting shoes need good traction with grip, although the grip is needed while lifting weights. If the shoes are slippery then there are some chances of accident. It is general thing that an athletes clothes varies according to the game. This is very true for shoes, as the good synchronization between the function of weight lifting shoes is necessary important in sport.

Different Shoes

There are different shoes for different sports such as spiked shoe, cricket shoes, football shoes and many of these shoes are designed according to sport thus there are some special weightlifting shoes purposely designed for the weight lifter.

The first designed weight lifting shoes was having two features, first it raises the ankle mobility and secondly it supports the ankle joint.

The modern weight lifting shoes are designed in such a manner without any leather soles and with a heavy grip. Thus it provides a lot of protection to the ankle, joint. Rather than, going for a designer shoe one must particularly follow the scientifically designed shoes for weight lifting.

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