Feeling Flexible? The Case for Stretching Before Working Out.

 

Some people stretch before every exercise routine. And there are others that think it is a waste of time and so, it takes a back seat to the rest of their workout. While some current research shows mixed results of the effects of stretching before and after exercise, there are some good reasons for adding stretching to your regular workout routine:

  1. It can help get your mind right. By this I mean that it can get you in the right frame of mind to begin your workout. A good stretching routine can ease you into a tough workout and then bring you back down when you finish.
  2. Stretching can increase your range of motion. Stretching=flexibility. Flexibility helps you move around more easily during those sharp corner turns on your daily run. This flexibility in your range of motion helps you to prevent injury.
  3. It decreases clumsiness. Taking the time out to stretch can help improve balance and coordination over time. So again, stretching helps with injury prevention. More coordination+less tripping over your own feet=fewer falls.
  4. Improves circulation.Increased blood flow from stretching brings more nourishment to your muscles and helps waste byproduct removal. This helps you recover more quickly from muscle and joint injuries.

Make sure to stay smart about stretching! Remember to not bounce wile you are stretching, focus on major muscle groups and to not aim for pain. So reach for the sky and stay fit, Fitness Reps!

Sick and Tired

The month of October in Chicago is wonderful! The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, the transition from summer to fall is beautiful and awe-inspiring. But one thing that isn’t lovely about this time of year is the beginning of cold and flu season. Here are a few tips and facts about cold and flu prevention that will hopefully help you stay healthy so you can enjoy the fall season:

  • Going outside with wet hair will not cause a cold or flu! Just had to put that out there. I don’t care whose mama or grandma says it. Colds and the flu are viruses. While your nose will run and you will get a chill if you go out when your hair is wet, it will not cause cold or flu. However, sharing a pen with someone who DOES have a cold will contribute to you getting sick.
  • Soup does help! Hot soup prepared with lots of vegetables helps with the runny nose and congestion that goes along with a cold. Plus the vegetables add to the vitamin intake that can help you strengthen your immune system.
  • The best defense is…vitamins! Taking supplements and/or eating foods rich in Vitamins A, C, and E.
  • Get up! Walk around, move your arms..do something! Exercise is fine to do when you are sick-just don’t overdo it because that could possibly weaken your immune system. But make sure that you stay reasonably active, it will help you feel better.
  • Oh and-Drink water! Beber agua! Boire de l’eau! пить воду! In whatever language, do it and stay healthy.