July 09, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

7.9.134Post-WorkoutStretchestoStealfromYoga2.jpgStretching isn't only a great way to cool down from a workout, but can also help expand your range of motion and help muscles repair more quickly for another workout. Perform static stretches at the end of your workouts when muscles are still warm and hold each stretch for 20 to 40 seconds to reap the benefits.

Take a nod from our yogi friends, and try using some tried-and-true yoga poses as part of your post-workout stretching routine.

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July 02, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

7.2.13PicktheRightRunningshoe2.jpgChoosing the right running shoe can mean the difference between a great run and a bad experience. Running in old shoes or the wrong shoes can lead to discomfort, pain and even injuries. And now that running shoes are built more hi-tech than ever, shopping for a shoe can be confusing and expensive. Here are some tips for choosing the right shoe:

Purchase shoes for the sport you will be doing. Most sporting goods stores carry a variety of shoes for different activities like walking, running, basketball, tennis and aerobics. If you’ll be combining several sports or activities, look for cross trainers as another alternative. No matter the activity variety, if you’re going to be doing a lot of running, skip the cross trainers and invest in a good pair of running shoes. 

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June 25, 2013 // Category: Fitness Advisor

6.25.13TakeaSwim.jpgIf you're looking for a break from high-impact exercise like running and plyometrics, add a day or two of swimming laps to your fitness routine. Whether you’re cross-training, training for a triathlon or looking for an exercise that’s easy on the joints, a pool workout may be just what you need.

Cardio: Swimming requires deep breathing, which improves circulation and helps you to develop your aerobic base.  You’ll notice your heart rate increase from the rhythmic breathing and range of motion. Deep breathing also promotes healthy blood pressure levels.  

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