Just like any other tissue in our body, bones adapt to stresses that we put them trough. When we walk, run or jump, forces that go through your body can be as high as 12 times your body weight. That is a lot of pressure on your bones! For bones to be able to absorb that much weight, they need to get stronger. However, contrary to muscles for example, bones take much longer to adapt.
Learning how much we need to eat, what to eat and when can benefit us greatly in almost every segment of our lives. Eating too much than what our body needs and we start gaining weight and feeling sluggish. In contrast, if we do not eat enough, we start losing muscle mass, and our physical and mental performance starts to suffer. Having a clear understanding of the types of nutrients that exist and the role they play in our health and well-being can help us make educated and intelligent food choices.
Do you have pain around your knee cap when squatting or descending stairs? Does it get worse after prolonged sitting? In case you have any of these symptoms, chances are that you might have patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), also called the runner’s knee.
Plantar fasciitis can be one of the most frustrating injuries you can encounter during your running career. It usually appears out of nowhere and is characterized by a deep ache or sharp pain under your heel and along the arch of the foot. It can take many months or even years for the involved tissues to heal. If you have been diagnosed with this condition, conventional wisdom is to stop training and rest until the pain goes away. However, is this really the best way to treat plantar fasciitis? Can you continue training and still get rid of heel pain?
Besides muscle mass, there are many other factors that affect muscle strength. You might have seen people who look "weak", but when they start picking up heavy things you get surprised at how they are able to achieve such feats of strength considering the size of their muscles and body stature. And there are opposite examples as well - bodybuilders (people whose goal is to maximize muscle mass) who get overpowered by much smaller power lifters (people whose goal is to maximize strength) for example.