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Cooling Down After a Workout

Why having a cool-down routine is just as important for your health as the actual workout  Having a cool-down routine is an important step to practice while staying active. Cooling down reduces the likelihood of soreness, fatigue, and will help you feel refreshed the next day. The steps listed below are a guideline for how to execute a healthy cool-down:  1. Keep Moving It is important to keep your body moving when you first complete your workout to reduce the risk of cramping and soreness. While exercise is occurring, veins will "increas[e] in size to accommodate the increased blood flow from the heart" (lifehack.org). If your veins do not get a chance to return to their normal size, blood will pool...

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Is Exercising In A Gym Or Outdside Better?

There are many different responses to the question of whether it is better to workout inside or outside. Everyone is different when it comes to working out so the answer varies by person. However, there are positives and negatives to each experience. The first and most basic positive attribute of working out outdoors is the terrain differences. The body works more muscles with the changes in the landscape. With just the adjustment of a small hill, that increases the amount of muscles being worked out. The decline of a hill works parts of the body that you can’t workout while on a treadmill. This makes for a more difficult workout, which will burn more calories than being on a treadmill...

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Red Pepper, Olive and Spinach Pasta

(Picture by Julia's Album)  Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings) 2 cups uncooked penne pasta 2 teaspoons olive oil¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 sliced red pepper ½ cup organic vegetable broth ¼ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 10 olives, pitted and chopped 4 cups of baby spinach¼ cup torn basil leaves ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving a ½ cup of water. Heat a large skillet with medium heat and add oil to the pan, swirling to coat the bottom. Add red pepper and garlic to the oil and sauté for 30...

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The 3 S's to Boosting Your Workout

  Whether you go to the gym everyday, or once a month you can boost your workout and overall health by following these three simple keys: Sleeping, Staying Hydrated, and Stretching! Sleep Okay. We all know that everyone always says to get your full 8 hours of sleep and sometimes that just doesn’t seem possible. Too often, we accept 5 or less. But really, it’s a win-win when you do get a full night’s sleep. Everyone loves sleep. There is nothing better than laying down after a long day, and nothing better than waking up in the morning after a long restful night. BUT, did you know that sleep is a key factor in muscle recovery too? That’s right. You...

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6 Cheap Activities in Syracuse

Green Lakes is a great place at this time of year for free for a walk around. They have two lakes, one larger in the main area and one smaller that is less crowded. They also have hiking trails that are less populated with people but are not around the lakes. They do have a beach and a playground for kids. They also have small boats to take around the lake and great places for fishing. They also have pavilions and a place for gatherings to rent out if you have a large party that wanted to go. It’s a great place to get an exercise outdoors or just to relax. If you go in the morning, it is a...

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