Fit Life Episode 012 - Breathe This week we are focusing on the lower impact part of your workout.  Stretching, warming up and cooling down are all essential segments of your routine and they enhance the results of your training.  The move of th...
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Tips on Stretching and Warming Up: Hey everybody I’m Amy Mac. Thank you so much for joining me on today’s episode of Fit life. Today were talking about warming up and cooling down and stretching. And we’re going to reveal a work out video. Let’s get to it. Today’s hot topic is stretching. It's one of the easiest things to do in the gym and yet the one that’s passed over the most. Do you know why on how to do it correctly? Stretching has many benefits among those are flexibility, increase circulation, better posture, and improve coordination. All of these things are necessary in your over all health and fitness goal. The most common stretching mistake is that people stretch before warming up. If you’re one of this people, stop that habit right now. Cold stretching can result in pulled muscles. You need to warm up with low intensity cardio for five to ten minutes before you begin stretching or doing any high intensity activity. Stretches should be held for 15 to 30 seconds each. Make sure you’re not bouncing and that your breathing, that’s it for today’s hot topic. Today is well equipped this video review. This is titled “The classical Pilates Math Method DVD”. It has beginner all way through super advanced so you never out grow this video. I look for several things in a workout video, quality of the explanation, the instructor, the work out itself, the atmosphere, and finally if the workout was worth my time. Let’s start with explanation. I look for a descent explanation or instructions for me to follow along. But at the same time once I’ve learned it, I don’t want to hear the explanation over and over and how to do the workout slowed down. This video is great for that reason. The instructors themselves are not telling you what to do. As they do the workout, a voice over is guiding you through the motions, this eliminates wasting time later on. Next the instructor, could you follow along? Yes! Absolutely! And they aren’t overly peppy and annoying. How was the workout? This is a great work out and flows so quickly. Whether you have 10 minutes or 30 minutes, there’s a workout on this DVD for you. Atmosphere, this is a plane none distracting set. So your eyes are indarting all over the place. Efficient use of time and energy, I’ve been carrying this DVD in my laptop bag for years. When I have a few minutes, I can really benefit from the workouts this DVD provides. Overall I would say this DVD is five out five if you’re looking for Pilates. This DVD is available at amazon.com for $15.00. I also have a link to it my show notes. Since today the show is all about stretching, warming up and cooling down, I thought we’d make the move of the week a stretch. Today we’re going to focus on stretching our hamstrings. Whether you are guy or girl, a walker, a jogger, bicyclist, it doesn’t matter. You can always stretch your hamstrings. I’ve never had a client that didn’t have tight hamstrings. Let’s get to it. You want to start by laying down on the ground. You’re going to lay on your back and you going to put one leg up in the air. You want to claps your hands together and put just a little bit of pressure right above of that knee. Make sure to keep the knees soft and just really try and relax and get a nice stretch. You’re going to feel a lot of pressure right back here and you want to breathe into it and try and get oxygen to those muscles. As that relaxes, you can grab above here on your calve if you like or you can just go ahead and switch the other side. You want to hold each stretch about for 15 seconds on each side and you can do it two or three times, depending on how it feels. That’s it for today’s move of the week. Today’s fresh from the market focuses on soup. Recent studies are showing that eating a broth based soup before a meal is a great way to cut calories. The study showed that those that had soup with or before meal consume 20% less calories than without the soup. Unfortunately this doesn’t work if the soup is cream based. I

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