Habit 7: Strength and FlexibilityAccording to Nicole Burow, MS, CHES, CHWC, Exercise is Medicine® Credential Level I, ACSM-CPT, and Health and Wellness Coach at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, "Too often in our rushed, achievement-oriented culture, we think 'more' or 'faster' is better." I posit we are not all meant to be ‘Mr. Incredible’, ‘Elastigirl’, or ‘Road Runner’. Activities of daily life take a combination of strength and flexibility: from hauling in bags of dog food or shoveling the sidewalk to climbing stairs or kicking a soccer ball with neighborhood youth. So, strength and flexibility training are necessary to continue to enjoy many daily activities.
However, recovery is also a vital component of strength and flexibility. Rest time between sets of resistance training, rest days between strength training workouts, and active recovery at a lower intensity can all contribute to more sustainable and less painful short– and long-term results."
Set a goal for yourself: Try to incorporate an aspect of strength and/or flexibility to several workouts each week.
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