It’s Monday morning, and you’re determined to start your week right with a quick morning run. You wake up, lace up your running shoes, take a quick sip of water, and head out the door.
But before you start your run, you should stretch, right?
Well, not so fast. Although many people believe that stretching before you run is absolutely essential to preventing injuries – that’s not completely true.
Some experts even say that certain types of stretching might even be bad for you. Physical therapist Jason Gromelski says “static stretching before exercise can cause damage to the tissue.” (1) To best take care of your body, he suggests replacing static stretching with dynamic stretching before a run. Continue reading
We have talked about all of the ways that exercise can change you for the better, from your cardiovascular system, to your emotional health and mental health. We can look at each different part of our body and see benefits and positive results.
Now, for the first time, we are talking about how exercise helps you on a small scale… a very, very small scale.
As it turns out, just a small amount of exercise can change you on a molecular level!
In a groundbreaking new study, Stanford University is attempting to understand how exercise affects even the smallest building blocks of your body. Specifically, what happens to your molecules following an exercise session.
This information could help us understand how exercise actually changes the body, give you a better idea of your overall fitness and provide key information about how the systems within our body function. Continue reading
Breathe in… breathe out…
Most of us do this without thinking. It’s a natural process for the body and doesn’t take conscious thought. We don’t have to tell you that if you stop breathing, things get ugly pretty quick… especially if you’re in the middle of a long run.
So have you ever thought about how you breathe?
For instance, do you ever get short of breath mid-run? Do you ever find yourself becoming light-headed or gasping for air?