Categorized as: FITNESS CHALLENGE

Stretching: Focus on flexibility

I believe a lack of flexibility is the root cause or major contributing factor of many injuries and stretching is the solution to this lack of flexibility. It counters the gradual tightening and constriction we all develop from both under- and over-use of our body. It is the perfect antidote for long periods of inactivity and holding still and is just about the simplest of all physical activities.

Regular stretching will:

  1. Decrease muscle tension, which is the most common cause of back and neck pains and headaches.
  2. Decrease the incidence of all types of injuries, from joint sprains to tendonitis to muscle strains and spasms.
  3. Speed up the recovery rate from injuries.
  4. Increase physical and mental relaxation.
  5. Improve performance of any skilled movement.
  6. Improve and increase body awareness.
  7. Slow the aging process.
  8. Enhance the neurological system.
  9. Improve circulation.
  10. Support the detox system.

Precautions

Don’t stretch an area if you:

  • Recently broke a bone.
  • Have an infection or inflammation in or around a joint involved with the stretch.
  • Experience sharp or acute pain with stretching or joint movements.
  • Recently had a sprain or strain in the area being stretched.
  • Have an unstable joint in the area.
  • Have osteoporosis.
  • Have any disease that needs medical approval before undertaking any new activity.
  • THIS YOGA VIDEO I’VE POSTED IS CHALLENGING. ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE YOGA. SO IF YOU TRY IT, TAKE IT EASY… YOUR POSITIONS DON’T HAVE TO LOOK JUST LIKE MINE AND CHANCES ARE THEY WON’T UNLESS YOU ARE VERY FLEXIBLE. POINT BEING…TRY IT BUT DON’T FORCE ANY MOVEMENTS, YOU’LL INJURY SOMETHING. HAVING SAID THAT, THESE SERIES OF STRETCHES ARE DESIGNED TO BALANCE ALL MUSCLES GROUPS OF THE BODY, SO THEY ARE GREAT TO PRACTICE REGULARLY TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BODY.

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6 Wk Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge July 10, Day 40

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WOW! Thank you for those powerful essays. We’ve all come a long way these last 6 weeks. Congratulations to you all on all of your achievements. 3 Days to go. WOO HOO!

Challenge 1
100 points

Strength train for at least 60 minutes and earn 100 points.2328879637_c0d2e376ff

Challenge 2
Drink up!

10 points for each 8 ounces of water you consume.
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Challenge 3
Stretch and Meditate

Earn 1 point for each minute you spend stretching. Earn 100 point for listening to a guided meditation after your stretching.20130707-152026.jpg

Remember your final goal for this week and do your best to reach it.

6 Wk Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge July 9, Day 39

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Challenge 1
Interval Training

Perform a total 60 minutes and earn 100 points. Reach 80 minutes or more and earn a bonus 50 points. WORK CAN BE ACCUMULATED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. IF YOU HAVE TO SPLIT IT UP IN TO SECTIONS SHOOT FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES PER SECTION. YOU CAN DO DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACTIVITY.
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Challenge 2
Drink up!

10 points for each 8 ounces of water you consume.
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Challenge 3
Guided Meditation

Earn 100 point for listening to a guided meditation.
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CHALLENGE 4

SLEEP MORE! EARN 10 POINTS FOR EACH HOUR YOU SLEEP TONIGHT.
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Go as far as you can see: when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther. ~ J.P. Morgan

6 Wk Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge July 8, Day 38

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Challenge 1
100 points

Strength train for at least 45 minutes and earn 100 points.

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Challenge 2
Drink up!

10 points for each 8 ounces of water you consume.

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Challenge 3
Stretch and Meditate

Earn 1 point for each minute you spend stretching. Earn 100 point for listening to a guided meditation after your stretching.

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Remember your final goal for this week and do your best to reach it.

6 Wk Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge July 5, Day 35

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Challenge 1
100 points

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CHALLENGE 2
100 POINTS

FOOD TRACKING

CONTINUE TO EAT AS MUCH FRESH WHOLE FOODS AND DRINK AS MUCH FRESH PURE WATER AS YOU CAN. DO NOT COUNT THESE POINTS. ELIMINATE ALL THE CRAP AND JUNK FOOD AND VICES THAT YOU CAN.

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CHALLENGE 3

SLEEP MORE! EARN 10 POINTS FOR EACH HOUR YOU SLEEP TONIGHT.screen-shot-2011-09-18-at-4-06-28-pm2.png

PLEASE REMEMBER TO JOURNAL AND SEND A NOTE. ADD YOUR POINTS. THANK YOU!

6 Wk Spring into Summer Fitness Challenge July 4, Day 34

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Challenge 1
100 points

Complete your workout plan.Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 7.53.03 PM
CHALLENGE 2
100 POINTS

FOOD TRACKING

CONTINUE TO EAT AS MUCH FRESH WHOLE FOODS AND DRINK AS MUCH FRESH PURE WATER AS YOU CAN. DO NOT COUNT THESE POINTS. ELIMINATE ALL THE CRAP AND JUNK FOOD AND VICES THAT YOU CAN.

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CHALLENGE 3

SLEEP MORE! EARN 10 POINTS FOR EACH HOUR YOU SLEEP TONIGHT.screen-shot-2011-09-18-at-4-06-28-pm2.png

PLEASE REMEMBER TO JOURNAL AND SEND A NOTE. ADD YOUR POINTS. THANK YOU!