THE POWER OF STRETCHING

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What is stretching ?

Stretching, in its most basic form is an automatic and natural action. You often stretch instinctively after long periods of inactivity or after a sleep.
Incorporating stretching into your daily workouts or into your regular day on their own is just as important to health and functioning of the body as regular exercise. Read More

3 MOST COMMON POSTURE PROBLEMS – IMPROVE YOUR BODY`S ALIGNMENT

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Good posture is an easy and important way to maintain a healthy mind and body.

A correct posture means that your body is in alignment with itself and it means that your lifts will be stronger, your muscles will work more efficiently, you will help prevent pain and injury and the most important thing you will look and feel better everyday. Most postural deviations appear because the imbalances of the muscles that work to hold a joint in its place. For example: rounded shoulders are caused by tight pectorals combined with weak back muscles which leads to an internal rotation of the shoulders.
The most effective way to correct imbalances like this is to stretch the overactive muscles and to strengthen the underactive muscles. Read More

6 HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STEPS TO YOUR BEST BODY SHAPE

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Whether it is a photo shooting, a wedding or simply a desire to have your best form at the beach, you will learn how to make adjustment that will make the difference when you show off.

THE STEPS FOR PREPARATION

STEP 1 – RAISE YOUR SODIUM INTAKE

About two weeks out from the big day, start loading up on sodium (SALT). How much water your body holds is closely related to how much sodium it holds. Read More

MICRONUTRIENTS – THE DETAILS THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

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MICRONUTRIENTS

The details that make the difference in your diet

Micronutrients

Micronutrients are nutrients that our bodies need in smaller amounts that are essential to our health, development and growth.

Proper intake of vitamins and minerals can make the difference between a healthy, productive life and a life with illness.

Micronutrients include such minerals as flouride, selenium, sodium, iodine, copper and zinc and also vitamins C, D, E, A, K as well as B-complex vitamins.

I will give you few examples to understand how micronutrients help maintain your body’s systems:

Sodium is responsible for maintaining the proper fluid balance in your body and helps regulate appropriate pH levels in your blood. Read More

MACRONUTRIENTS – THE BASICS OF NUTRITION

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MACRONUTRIENTS

The importance of Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat

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Macronutrients are nutrients needed for growth, metabolism and the rest of other functions of the body. They are called “Macro” because they are needed in large amounts in the body.

The macronutrients are :

Carbohydrate

Protein

Fat

Carbohydrate provides 4 calories per gram

Protein provides 4 calories per gram

Fat provides 9 calories per gram

Besides carbohydrate, protein and fat the only other substance that provides calories is alcohol that is not a macronutrient because we don`t need it for survival only for pleasure I would say. Read More

THE IMPORTANCE OF CALORIES by PETRI FITNESS

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WHAT ARE CALORIES ?

The energy that our body uses and the potential energy in food is measured in calories.

Calories (kcal) are the measurement unit for energy and represent
the amount of energy to heat up with one degree Celsius one
kilogram of water.
All the food we eat contains calories that are burnt by our bodies for
any move we make including breathing , digestion etc.
Depending on how many calories we eat there are 3 cases:
1. We eat more calories than we burn – in this case we will gain
weight – lean muscle mass or some muscle mass and fat
(depending on how we train). Read More