Adding Stretches While Sitting

Kerri Hollywood  |  Community Recreation Personnel Support Programs We hear it a lot; sitting too much is very bad for our health and even our life expectancy. Sitting too much can create: Posture Problems: Like rounded shoulders and a protruding chin Lazy Core Muscles: Standing requires you to tense your abdominal muscles, which go unused when you sit, ultimately leading to weak abdominals Hip Problems: Hips/hip flexors become tight and limited in…

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The Importance of a Proper Cooldown

Kristofer Klith  |  Fitness and Sports Instructor, Personal Support Programs A proper cooldown should have 3 focuses; lowering heart rate, relaxing tissues, and decreasing muscle soreness. To allow this to happen in a safe effective manner we use a two-step process. The first step is slowing down the body with a light aerobic exercise for 5-10 minutes to allow for oxygen to reach the muscles and to flush out lactic…

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Building a Proper Warm Up

Taylor Hurlock  |  Physical Exercise Specialist, Personnel Support Programs A proper warm up will help to safely increase heart rate, prepare muscles and tissues for the work ahead, and prevent injury from occurring. Most people start their warm up with stretching; however, static stretching relaxes our tissues which can put us at greater risk of injury. It is best to start with 5 to 10 minutes of light aerobic activity, such as…

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