Workout Wednesdays

Yes, working out can create soreness that will make you feel as though you don’t want to continue with your workout routine. However, you have to work through these tough days! Remember one thing while on a mission to get bikini ready….

* Stretch * Stretch * Stretch *

Stretching is the ultimate pain saver when it comes to working out. Along with lots of water, you will find although you may be sore, your pain will be much more tolerable than if you hadn’t stretched at all. I was an athlete growing up and have been an advocate for physical fitness most of my life! I have gone through phases when I didn’t work out nearly as much as I should have, if at all…and have felt soreness to the point that every time I move, it hurts. These are the times when you have to focus on stretching your muscles and hydrating your body.

Although the soreness makes you feel as though you need to skip a day at the gym, working out will actually help your muscles work through the pain. Remember this next time you wake up and feel like you can hardly move. Stretch in the morning, then go about your day. After work or school stretch again and workout that evening. After your workout you will likely feel better and you can end your day with another dose of stretching. Rather than wait until the soreness goes away to continue, you will be moving forward with your workout routine and your muscles will adjust to the workouts more quickly. Waiting until the soreness goes away is almost like starting all over again the next time you work out. If you find yourself in this position, you will experience soreness almost every time you workout and may lose some motivation.

Summer will be here before we all know it and it may feel like crunch time! Take the next few months to focus on your fitness routine and you will feel energized, healthy, and fit laying next to the pool… but of course, always remember to stretch every time you workout!

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