It is the most basic human movement there is. Our ancestors squatted a lot. Every activity in the olden days from hunting to cooking to transporting food required one to be able to squat. Considering how all the cushy ass-support (aka chairs) is a very recent phenomenon, back in the day, the squat position is how people relaxed (called Asian squat). And for the last hundred thousand years, human babies learnt to squat before they learnt to walk.
Squatting imbibes strength and mobility. A properly performed squat is one in which the squatter sinks so low that his butt almost touches the ground and stands up without losing core stability or balance. Training to perform squats helps improve strength, mobility and balance, which are all aspects of fitness.
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Squats are the most compound of exercises. Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that use multiple muscles and are the most effective exercises if you are looking for fat loss, strength or Continue reading “Shut up and Squat!” »
PUFA, MUFA, DHA, ALA and EPA. Confused? Understand these diet acronyms.
FATS – We love to hate them. But contrary to popular belief, fat is not all that bad for the body. There are good fats and bad fats. Smart eating involves knowing what is good and what is bad.
Fats are of three types – trans fat, saturated fat and unsaturated fat. While saturated and trans fat are termed bad for their property of increasing bad cholesterol levels, unsaturated fats like poly unsaturated fats and mono unsaturated fats are good and are known to reduce cholesterol levels.
Types of Fats!
Poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA)
PUFA, also known as omega-3 and omega-6, are essential fatty acids that need to be taken through food, as the body is incapable of producing these. These fats remain liquid at room temperature, unlike saturated fats that are solid.
PUFA is present in food items like soya bean, tofu, kidney beans, safflower oil, olive oil, walnuts, kale and flaxseeds. PUFA helps in the proper functioning of the body and keeps critical illnesses at Continue reading “Decoding Fats – Good Fat Vs Bad Fat” »