Posts Tagged "stretching"

Ryan: Another Lesson Learned

Ryan: Another Lesson Learned

Attack of the injury buggggggggg! Well folks, it’s little ol’ me again. Where did I go? “Didn’t you just jump back on the horse, Ryan?! How did you already fall off again so quickly?” These are reasonable questions. First of all, sorry for my absence from posting. The good news is I am back in full swing and have been for the last week and half. My body and I just love to find new ways to halt progress. When I last wrote I was gearing back up into action, committed to a simple new diet and excited for the challenge in front of me. Too excited. You see, like most people who have a goal and get off on achieving/surpassing it, I decided to hit the...

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When Should I Stretch?

When Should I Stretch?

Stretching serves the purpose of maintaining/increasing your range of motion (if a muscle on one side is too tight, the muscle on the other side will not close / contract properly), and keep the flexibility in the muscles, ligaments and tendons to prevent injury. Also, it simply keeps us moving more comfortably and efficiently. In extreme cases, muscles and ligaments that are too tight can restrict or alter the position of parts of the skeletal system. So – if you stretch before a workout, make sure it poses as a warm-up, like dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching means stretching that is done while in steady movement to ever so slightly increase the range of...

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Yoga Makes Me Love Everything

Yoga Makes Me Love Everything

It took me many years to get into yoga. I had decided strength training was my one major love, and that yoga was trendy, and that I didn’t have the patience for it. But, like in strength training, or running, or jumping on an elliptical… or dating or starting a new book, the benefits don’t favour you or hug you at first, necessarily. Tonight I went to a hot yoga class. Not only can you feel your muscles “hugging” you for warming and releasing them, but you can feel your cells renew, your body detoxify, the mental tensions of the day become meaningless… This past year was by far the most difficult year of my life to date. I think this...

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