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Daily energy expenditure is the most influential component of daily energy expenditure hamburger
Our energy expenditure consists of basal metabolic rate, thermic effect of food, non-exercise activity energy expenditure and exercise energy expenditure. Basal metabolic rate is affected by body size, gender, age and some illnesses. A larger body expends more energy, and basal metabolic rate decreases while we age. Moreover, thermic effect of food is the energy expended to digest food, and is rather constant at 10% of total daily energy expenditure. During daily life we cannot considerably affect our basal metabolic rate and thermic effect of food directly with our behavior.
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Our work days as caged monkeys: effects of work on energy expenditure

Work has traditionally been a significant part of our lives and our personal identity. Professions have been passed on from fathers to sons for generations, while physical labor and handcrafts have been highly valued. At the same time, physical labor has played a significant role in our daily energy expenditure. Think about how men used to work long hours in...

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3 Best Ways to Improve Your Muscle Activation
3 Best Ways to Improve Your Muscle Activation

Muscle activation blog –series 4/4 General tricks to improve the ability of the activation are fairly straightforward. Accurate methods for exercise movements and choice of other training and teaching methods of course vary greatly. Here are few examples: Do strength training that includes loads that are heavy enough. For a beginner already over 60% from 1RM (repetition maximum) load is sufficient. More...

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Muscle Activation Blog Series
Muscle Activation Blog –Series

Muscle activation blog –series 1/4 Muscle activation ability – put thought and effort into this, if you feel like improving! This blog text is about the development of some very critical factors in strength training. Some of the things will be quite, let’s say, ‘professional or hi-tech’ while others are rather ‘normal and common sense’. It is important to keep in mind...

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5 Things You Need to know About Women
5 Things You Need to Know About Women (in Relation to Strength Training)

Gender differences in strength training –series 6/6 Summary and applications 1. Surface area of fast twitch muscle fibers, which have larger potential for growth, is relatively smaller in women. Women should perform regularly maximum and explosive strength training workouts, which aim for ‘as fast as possible concentric movement’. 2. If strength is expressed proportional to the lean body weight, women and men are...

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Is fatigue Essential in Every Strength Training Session
Role of Fatigue in Strength Training (Men vs. Women)

Gender differences in strength training –series 5/6 Is Fatigue Essential in Every Strength Training Session? Developing strength training needs to always induce fatigue. If strength and performance are not decreasing during a workout, it can only serve as a sensitizing or maintaining training, but it does not create a stimulus for improvements. The key to designing good workouts is to find suitable...

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Do Women Really Gain Muscle Mass as Fast as Men
Gender Differences in Muscle Growth

Gender differences in strength training –series 3/6 It is often said that for women it is almost impossible to gain muscle mass. So is this really true? Well it’s very simple – it’s just not true! Several studies indicate that in the early stages of training muscle mass increases in women as fast as in men, if the exercise intensity is...

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Practical Tricks for Women to train Effectively Blog Series
Women’s Strength Training – Practical Tricks

Gender differences in strength training –series 2/6 In the early stages of training men and women can achieve similar rate in the strength development. In general, however, men are training proportionately with much larger weights than women very soon. This is often because women tend to do training too gently, while men are waving weights that are even too heavy for their...

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Gender Differences in Strength Training
Gender Differences in Strength Training -series

Training of men and women often differ, even if the goals are the same - stronger, firmer and more muscular body. Men often lift heavy iron while women use light barbells. Still it is said that men and women should train exactly the same way. There needs to be no major differences in training between men and women, but what...

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Timo Haikarainen is a new Guest Blogger on Fibion.com
Personal Trainer Timo Haikarainen is a new Guest Blogger on Fibion.com

Fibion proudly introduces its new visiting blogger Timo Haikarainen who has long experience from personal training and coaching but also holds a Master’s degree is Sport Sciences and continually aims to bring latest scientific knowledge to practise. Timo has studied biology of physical activity in University of Jyväskylä, where he graduated from 2008 majoring in Sport Coaching and Fitness Testing....

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Fibion.com-The Motorized Commute – Sedentary Kilometers
The #Motorized #Commute – Sedentary Kilometers

While the decrease in daily energy expenditure in our working environments can explain, in part, the obesity epidemic, the other parts of our daily life are not without blame. At work we sit and move primarily just our fingers, so maybe it is a good idea to increase our daily energy expenditure via our daily commute. Unfortunately, during the last 35...

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Fibion.com-Our Work Days as Caged Monkeys (Part 2) – Changing times
Our Work Days as Caged Monkeys (Part 2) – Changing times

In the 1960s almost half of jobs required moderate physical activity. Nowadays, only 20% of jobs require at least moderate physical activity. It is no surprise that four out of five Finns does their work sitting in front of a screen. These days, making the grade at work is about being smart and less about having endurance, strength and skills. Here...

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Fibion.com-Our Work Days as Caged Monkeys (Part 1) – The-Past
Our Work Days as Caged #Monkeys (Part 1) – The Past

Work has traditionally been a significant part of our lives and our identity. Professions have been passed on from fathers to sons for generations while both physical labor and handcraft have been valued. At the same time, physical labor has played a significant role in our daily energy expenditure. Think about how men used to work long hours in the...

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Fibion.com-The Energy Hamburger (Part 2) – You Do not Need to Workout
The Energy Hamburger (Part 2) – You Don’t Need to #Workout

Expending energy includes a lot more than just recreational exercise. We can do shoulder shrugs for other reasons than to simply indicate our lack of knowledge. In other words, we can exercise every day. Researchers in the USA asked approximately 10000 people what they do during a 24 hour period. Subjects reported all of their activity from driving in the car to...

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Fibion.com-The Energy Hamburger (Part 1) – Exercise More, Eat Less, Still Fat
The Energy Hamburger (Part 1) – #Exercise More, #Eat Less, Still #Fat?

Let’s examine the energy equation from the perspective of spending energy. As I told you before, the number of adults participating in recreational physical activity is larger than ever before. According to questionnaires used in studies the number of adults that participate in recreational physical activity at least twice per week has increased from approximately 40% to 70% in the...

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Fibion.com-Absolution for Eating – It's Not About the Food
Absolution for #Eating – It’s Not About the #Food

I have news for you: According to studies, our energy consumption, the amount of food we eat, has actually decreased or stayed the same over the past 20 years. In Finland the results of the large “Finnravinto” study suggested that energy consumption has decreased an average of 20%, which means approximately 600 kilocalories in men and 400 kilocalories in women per...

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Fibion.com-The Business of Wellness (Part 2) – Commercial Solutions
The Business of Wellness (Part 2) – Commercial Solutions

In the USA over 6 billion dollars a year are spent on diet foods. Close to a billion cans of low calorie “diet sodas” were sold in 2010 alone. In Finland, we are following this trend. Up to half of Finns have stated that they are trying to lose weight, and one fifth of Finns are using some sort of...

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Fibion.com-The Business of Wellness (Part 1) – Bronzed Fitness
The Business of Wellness (Part 1) – Bronzed Fitness

The models of the health and wellness business are images of dazzling perfection. Sharp shadows are cast by the light bouncing off of glimmering oiled muscles and the fitness machine’s lofty being justifies its confident and goal-oriented smile. The bronzed statue is covered by tight clothing that does not leave any room to imagine what might be below it. The message of...

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Fibion.com-Energy Crisis (Part 4) – It is not just about overweight or obesity
Energy Crisis (Part 4) – It is not just about #overweight/#obesity

Overweight is no longer a valued ideal but a prevailing condition. Ideals have changed. The worshiping of a round belly has given way to a craving to lose weight and be thin. These changes have made overweight a favorite topic in the health and wellness sector and an extremely important part of health marketing. People want to lose weight. Thankfully,...

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