I have followed these golden rules since I started working out months ago, and I can see all the great changes in my body. Although I have about 35 lbs. to go, I can feel my muscles getting stronger and more toned. Refueling your body after working out is the kindest thing you can do for your body. Treat your body well and it WILL reward you.
Ever since I know the importance of cool down and streching, I always make sure I do both after my workouts. Drink lots of water, no need to force on me as I'm thirsty all the time (is that bad thing?) Though not sure if I refuel enough or too much. Great article and reminder for us :D
When I am able to go to the Y I begin my exercise with water walking and transition into water aerobics. Then I go to the recumbant bike and ride for 20 minutes. After that I go to the resistance machines for about 45 minutes of fairly hard, but not painful work. To cool down I go back into the pool for modified water aerobics. I quiet rest in the hot tub concludes my routing.
I have never experienced any pain or soreness with this routine. Admitted it does take a lot of time, but the benefits are worth the time and effort. I am considerably stronger than most of my peers.
I'm so glad to see this article! I have been doing the C25K and the podcast provides a 5 minute cool down, and then I have been stretching and drinking water... but I wasn't sure how good for me it was to eat after I worked out (I was doing that, but now I feel better knowing that my body needs it!).
1/17/2010 5:37:18 PM
fabulous artice. I know a lot of people probably know this but I didn't! and it's very important I think.
I always cool down after being on the treadmill or elliptical, but I don't really stretch after that. This is a really great reminder -- I'm sure everyone who spends the time working out wants to get the maximum benefit to their hard work!
This was a great article. So many times I read articles and they are something I knew before - even if I had packed it away in memory. But this was new and refreshing. It is great to rely on SP to get you all the info you really need to know.
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