Monday , 26 September 2016

Health

Think Ahead for Fall

Right about now, you probably sense the changes coming. Days grow shorter, along with summer itself. Plan ahead for a smooth transition to a busier time of year … Read More »

Your End-of-Summer Checklist

Summer 2016 sand, pic

Before summer slips away, be sure you check these off your (sand) bucket list … Read More »

Life After Vacation

The sun has set on your vacation. Perhaps this is the only one for another year. Returning to your routine can feel tiresome. Returning to your workout may feel downright daunting. Here’s what to do … Read More »

Post-Workout Behavior, Why It Matters

Post-Workout stretches at home

Do wonders for your workout. Follow these after-exercise tips … Read More »

Reach Higher with a Stretching Routine

Sporty young woman stretching after jogging outdoors

by Michelle Sutton-Kerchner Accomplish fitness goals with less stress and more success. Stretch your way to better fitness … A balanced workout usually conjures up images of treadmills and climbers alongside dumbbells and weight equipment. Alternating between cardio routines and strength training provides balance. However, for a complete fitness program, it is essential to include a stretching routine. Flexibility Training Another term for “stretching,” flexibility training shows you are serious about fitness. This kind of stretching involves more than a few arm reaches while yawning to the sound of your alarm clock. A formalized stretching routine complements your workout and your every day functionality. It also can aid weight-loss efforts. (Now you’re paying attention!) Here’s how stretching is every smart exerciser’s secret weapon: Allows Efficient, Effective Movements Proper stretching improves range-of-motion in joints and loosens muscles. A good stretch segment segues the body and mind into the heart of your workout. It improves blood flow, which warms muscles and preps you physically. It also provides a natural pause to mentally prepare for the accomplishments you are about to make. It’s a chance to breathe out the day’s tensions and breathe in its freshness, clearing your thoughts for a mindful workout. ... Read More »