How many times have you skipped your post-workout stretch? We’re all guilty! Stretching is a must, though—it helps muscles recover (less soreness tomorrow!) and improves range of motion (conga line, anyone?). “Sandra’s Limber & Lean Routine” puts flexibility training front and center, finally. Time to touch your toes!
Flex Your Summer Legs!
Flexibility is your friend (in life and fitness), but nothing proves the point quite like personal experience. “Sandra’s Limber & Lean Routine” will make your muscles more supple (and sexy), using stretches that strengthen and lengthen at once. Do it in the morning, before bed, or when you’re feeling stressed. It really works!
TIP 1: Busy Running Errands?
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TIP 2: That’s a Stretch
Static stretching (holding the position) before strength-training may actually hamper performance, according to studies. Experts say that it’s best to warm up with light cardio, like walking, pre-workout, and then do the stretch afterward.
TIP 3: Getting Warmer
A new study suggests that applying a pre-workout heat compress to knees helps increase flexibility around the joint and reduce injury.
TIP 4: Say Nay to A
In your sunscreen, that is. Study results show that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, could speed the production of skin tumors when applied to sun-exposed skin.
TIP 5: Smooth It Out
For a healthful treat, toss 1 frozen banana, a spoonful of almond butter, 1/2 cup almond milk, a drizzle of honey, and a drop of vanilla extract in blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy.
TIP 6: It’s a Scorcher
Exercise before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m., during the summer months, to reduce risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
TIP 7: Belle on a Ball
This hamstrings move stretches the backs of your thighs and works your core, so you won’t fall over!