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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Is Your Favorite Part of Your Workout?

Mine would be stretching.

It feels so good to stretch after working out. 

Stretching helps prevent soreness and stiffness. Not being limber is very aging to the joints as well as the muscles.

Now, you don't have to be able to stretch like a ballerina to get the benefits. Can't reach your toes without bending your knee? So what!

Just stretch till you feel a slight pull. Length comes with time as your muscles learn to "let go."

You do not want to stretch till it hurts. Stretching should not cause pain. If it hurts, ease up a little.

No bouncing! That is the worst thing you can do. Slow, steady and take your time. 

And remember to breathe. Do not hold your breath while you are stretching. Just breathe normally, but not shallow.

Want to know a secret to stretch further? 

During your stretch, take a deep breath, then let it out slowly and breathe normally - you will be able to stretch about an inch further. Try it!

My other favorite part of my workout is after it's over, my recovery protein drink. It is best to drink your protein drink after you workout rather than before. Mine has leucine in it that helps with muscle rebuilding. 

It can also be used as a complete meal replacement, so if you are in a hurry, but still want to eat healthy. These have all you need to keep you full and satisfied without all the fat, calories and expense of going through the drive thru.

Find them here: Shaklee 180

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