Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekly Fit Tips from a Fit Girl in Progress

Hydrate! According to WebMD, “Your ability to perform athletically can decline with a very small amount of dehydration,” says Carlson, director of performance nutrition for Athletes’ Performance, which trains many of the world’s top athletes. “Just losing 2% of your body weight in fluid can decrease performance by up to 25%.”     As a rule of thumb you should drink:
  • One to two hours before your workout, drink 15 to 20 ounces of water
  • 15 minutes before you begin, drink between 8 and 10 ounces of water
  • During your workout, drink another 8 ounces every 15 minutes 
So keep that 32 ounce bottle of water with you for every hour class and DRINK IT!

When doing most strength exercises don't forget to "square off!" Make sure that your hips and square and even your shoulders. You want to think of your hips and shoulders as "two headlights shining forward!" Thanks, Amy!
 If your knees are hurting during strength exercises on the floor, grab a mat! With the cold weather, it can most definitely have an impact on the overall wellness of our bones and joints.

Don't feel the pressure to use the heaviest set of weights. Drop down if needed. You get a workout with lighter weights and even no weights at all from the same movements.
When in any fitness class, make sure to only push yourself to your limits. If something hurts beyond a stretch, it probably isn't right. Ask for a modification when needed and DON'T be afraid to take it!

If you have any specific questions for your Fit Girl in Progress- email me at !

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