Stretching before exercise is oftentimes underrated – amazing when you stop to think of how
beneficialstretching is for the human body! Stretching warms up your muscles and relaxes your
joints so that when you hit the gym, your body is ready to get the most out of your workout.
What’s more, stretching helps prevent post-workout muscle cramps and soreness. I know we all
get so eager to hit the gym that we sometimes forget to do this one basic thing that will help
keep that agonizing soreness away, but it’s totes worth it to treat your muscles like a queen for a
few minutes pre-workout in order to save yourself hours of regret later.
Not sure if your version of stretching is spot-on? Check out ‘Stretching For Dummies’ to make sure you’re moving in the right direction (literally).
#2: Guzzle Some H2O
Have you ever thought about the fact that the average adult body is composed of a mind-
blowing 50-65% water? The theory is that your body produces sweat – which is almost
completely water – to evaporate and cool you off. (Shoutout to my non-evaporating-sweat
friends here). So when you start sweating mid-workout, your body is almost literally melting and
evaporating into the air around you. This a normal, healthy thing if you are replenishing your
body’s water supply with more water. When you don’t, your body just kind of dries up inside –
resulting in muscle cramps, back aches, drowsiness, etc. So if you want to avoid the dry mouth
and achy back you experience post-workout when you forget the agua, make it a rule to guzzle
down a glass before and after (and even during if you’re feeling motivated) the workout.
#3: Pace Yourself
I mean, it’s not like you’re running a race or anything. (Unless, of course, you are running
a race.) Seriously though, whether you are running, lifting weights, doing jumping jacks, or just
pretending that you know how to use all those machines at the gym, pace yourself. The most
amazing thing about your body is that there is none other like it. Your physical strengths and
weaknesses are uniquely your own. So even though you may really wish you could run as fast or
as long as that lanky girl who keeps passing you up on the track, don’t over-exert yourself or
you’ll end up a sweaty ball of pain on the floor. Take your time. And then go for an ice cream
afterwards to celebrate your self-control.
Exercise, more bearable.
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