Are You Game?
Sunday, July 24
North Avenue Beach
Register for the event and pre-register for fitness classes online at:
Are You Game? invites women to participate in an all-day, feel-good festival that offers fitness, food, makeovers, style tips, pampering, music and more. Are You Game? will be open to the public at $10 per person with a portion of that fee going to the event beneficiary, The American Cancer Society.
Letting your heart rate come down slowly is a must, but simply walking to the locker room or your car will help ease your heart rate and core temperature back to their normal range. Sitting or standing still after a long or intense workout can cause the blood in your extremities to pool, which can lead to cramping or even fainting.
Before A Workout
Limbering up before exercise may have few -- if any -- health benefits. A better way to get your blood flowing and muscles prepped is to do dynamic movements, such as jumping jacks or lunges. These movements increase your joints' range of motion, improve blood flow, and decrease your risk of injury and your recovery time.
Lower-body Strength Training
The workout your legs get doing cardio -- such as running or biking -- isn't enough because it doesn't hit all of the muscle groups. Building lean muscle in those large groups burns more calories at rest and keeps your body looking balanced. You want to supplement your cardio regimen with at least two lower-body workouts a week, or combine strength and cardio by doing plyometric supersets, which are explosive moves like squat jumps and split lunge jumps done back-to-back without rest.
Take A Day Off
When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, rest and recovery are just as important as all those sweat sessions. Here's why: When you exercise, you break down muscle fibers; as the fibers heal, they come back stronger. It's that healing process that reshapes your body--but it happens only when you take a break and give your muscles a rest. Allow at least 24 hours between workouts and give yourself at least one day off every week. Usually three to four days of strength training weekly is the most your body can handle. (In fact, you can get amazing results with just two a week.)