5 Tricks to Jumpstart Your Fitness Regimen
So 2013 is the year. You're getting off the couch and back into fighting shape. We've got your new rules to live by if you want results that last
One caveat, you don't want to stretch at the very beginning of your workout. "If you stretch a muscle that is 'cold' you are more prone to injury," Burke says. So do your stretching after at least a few minutes of walking or jogging.
Below, Burke outlines several key stretches:
•Toe Reach: While standing with feet together, keep back flat and shoulders back as you reach for your toes. Only drop down as far as you can until you feel light tension in your hamstrings (back of thigh). Going too far may result in injury. Slowly release and come back to a standing upright position. And repeat 3 times and hold for 10 seconds each. This stretches hamstrings, gluteus, and lower back.
•Flamingo Hold: Hold on to something stable for balance. Place all weight on left foot and bring heel of right foot to your glute while standing as tall as possible. Repeat on opposite leg. Hold for 12 seconds and repeat 2 times per side. This stretches your quadriceps and hip flexors.
•Body Huggers: Standing tall, extend arms fully out to side and push them back while taking a deep breath in. exhale and wrap arms around your torso (as if you were hugging yourself). Repeat 15 times and hold in open position for 3 seconds. This stretches your chest while warming up back and shoulder muscles.
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