You know you’ve had a good workout when the next day or two your muscles are sore. However, you may feel you’ve gone overboard if your muscles are so sore that you can barely walk or lift your arms. Sometimes all you need to do is a little bit of pre- and post-workout stretching to alleviate some of the muscle soreness you’re experiencing. After all, nothing is worse than having to skip a day of working out because you’re too sore to move.
Even the most avid fitness junkies will skip the stretching portion of a workout. To many, it feels like a waste of time – after you’ve put in an hour or two of hard work the last thing you want to do is sit on the floor and stretch! But research shows that it’s one of the most important elements of a person’s daily exercise regimen. Not only does it decrease the risk of injury, but it also helps muscles work more effectively by increasing blood flow and allowing for full range of motion. Luckily, there is now an amazing tool that many fitness advocates suggest using as part of your daily stretching routine to get the most out of your muscles and dramatically decrease soreness: the foam roller.
Gym memberships have their perks — numerous machines, gadgets, and fitness pros promising to shape and mold your body into its best form ever — but they also have their cons — high fees, for one. Add to that the number of machines you probably have no idea how to use, even after quite a few hours of study from your favorite corner treadmill, and no matter what, you still haven’t worked up the guts to go try one of them out. But, what if you could get a great workout from your own home without the fees or the slight feelings of apprehension? What if you could master some of the gizmos and gadgets that once looked somewhat foreign? To get you started, here are five inexpensive, but completely effective, items for building your own at-home gym.
Maybe you’ve heard the term “fine motor skills.” Knee deep in breastfeeding and diapers, you probably didn’t have too much time to think about what they are and why they are important for your growing child. Fine motor skills are small muscle movements that usually, but not exclusively, involve the hands and eyes working in tandem to perform movements requiring precision. Discover fun and easy ways to encourage developing fine motor skills at home with Daily Mom!