Static stretching after exercising can increase flexibility and decrease muscle soreness.
Most Americans get much less than the recommended hour of physical activity each day. With schedules booked, it’s often difficult to pencil in time for exercise. That’s why Wellmark advocates finding simple and creative ways to make fitness a part of your daily routine—whether it’s taking the stairs, or taking the dog for a walk—it doesn’t matter how you move, just move—more!
Checkout the topics below for more info on getting fit and having fun:
Warm Up Always give your body the courtesy of a warm up to avoid injury. Five minutes at an easy walking pace or marching in place should do the trick.
Move It Do whatever you CAN do, whether it’s a walk around the block or taking the stairs. Every time you make an effort to do something active reward yourself for being more active today than you were yesterday.
Stretch Stretch before and after exercising to keep your muscles from tightening up and to prevent injuries. Stretching is a great way to warm up and cool down, but it is also a great way to clear your mind at the end of your day. Try stretching while you concentrate on your breathing as a way to relax.
Shake It Up While every bit of exercise is good, it’s important to continue to challenge yourself. Varying your routine will keep your body guessing and make it harder to hit a plateau. If you’re walking or jogging during the week, try biking on the weekends to add some variance.
*Always consult your health care provider before beginning any kind of fitness or training plan.
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