What Color Are Your Fat Cells, White, Brown Or Beige?
Posted by Dr. Robert Portman on 11/25/2020 to Performance Tip Of The Week
No, this is not a decorating tip. Over the last decade researchers have developed a new understanding of our fat cells. Traditionally, fat cells were viewed as energy storage containers. Food that was not needed for metabolism or energy was converted into fat and then stored in white fat cells, principally located beneath the skin or in the abdominal cavity.
The Endorphin Myth
Can A Tattoo Impair Endurance Performance?
Even suggesting a tattoo can negatively impact endurance performance sounds like heresy. Tattoos have become part of our life (or more accurately our bodies). Approximately 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo, which is a significant increase over the last seven years. Against this backdrop is a recent report that suggests tattoos could impact endurance performance.
Too Much Pain May Limit Performance Improvement
The association with pain and improved performance evolved from research in many laboratories showing that when muscles are stretched, they activate specific metabolic pathways responsible for building new and stronger muscle protein. In fact, after intense exercise, muscle remodeling, which ultimately leads to improved performance, takes place. Athletes have interpreted this research as "more is better". The more pain, the greater the improvement in performance through an increase in the size and strength of muscle cells.
COVID-19 Vaccine & Endurance Athletes
Caffeine & Sports Performance
For many athletes, especially those who exercise in the morning, workout begins with a cup of coffee. For athletes and non-athletes alike, coffee jump starts their day. This caffeinated boost wakes us up and makes us more alert. With the proliferation of coffee shops on every corner and caffeinated products sold in grocery and convenience stores, we have become a caffeinated nation…