Stretching is very important and for several years there have been so many debates on when is a good time to stretch. Countless studies and research but different people follow different stretching “rules”. To be clear, you should be stretching all your muscle groups on a daily basis.
I stretch at least three times per day. Since I have been training for the Nike Women’s Toronto 15k, I’ve been running pretty much everyday. I know some people say you shouldn’t run everyday but after reading this book on Kenyan running I have changed the way I train. But anyways, I stretch a little bit before I run. I do not stretch too much before a run because I try not to stretch while my muscles are cold, so to speak. I read a couple of articles saying that you should stretch after your body is a little warmed up. When I finish a run, that’s when I go full out with all my stretching. This method works for me and all the people I run with so it could work for you as well.
Why is stretching important you ask? Muscles, like other tissues in our body, need to be well circulated and healthy. Stretching helps increase the circulation of blood in your muscles, increases your range of motion, reduces muscle tension, and reduces the risk of injuries.
In conclusion, MAKE SURE YOU ARE STRETCHING EVERYDAY. Know your body and know its limits. Make sure after you work out, you get in a good stretch. Not stretching can harm your body while stretching can be extremely helpful. Keep that in mind!
Also, donations to Cleopatra’s Army are still welcomed. If you have contributed thank you so much! If you haven’t please go to GoFundMe.com/CleopatrasArmy, and read about the different projects I am trying to raise money for. If you like what you read, please donate. Any amount, no matter how small, is appreciated. Thank you!
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Being a brand ambassador has been pretty cool for me these last couple of years. When a brand can really help people, that’s always a plus.
You have probably seen one of my several posts on instagram, twitter, Facebook and so on, about Drip Drop. Drip Drop is a hydration powder that you mix in with water. It is not supposed to be a substitute for water so please keep that in mind, it is there to hydrate you and it does its job. Right now there are two flavors, lemon & berry. I personally prefer lemon because I like my drinks a little bitter. I would recommend berry for those of you with a sweet tooth.
I took my time to really learn about this product and it is really great. I am very confused as to why everyone doesn’t keep some drip drop in their house. Finally, people are starting to realize that drinks like gatorade and vitamin water are just glorified bottles of sugar water and aren’t really healthy for you. Drip Drop is healthy for you though! For me, it always works instantly. I am rarely ever dehydrated because I either always have Drip Drop on me or I drank enough water.
For you drinkers out there, Drip Drop also gets rid of hangovers. You know those headaches you guys get when you wake up after a long night with alcohol? 99% of the time you are dehydrated and that is what is causing you to have a headache. If you had some handy dandy Drip Drop you can eliminate that headache because of it’s awesome hydration formula. Trust me, I’ve had plenty of my family/friends rush to pick up Drip Drop for their Katzenjammers. Everyone said it worked for them as soon as they finished their cup. Yes, it’s that good.
Even though I like lemon better I still drink berry!
Moral of the story is, GO PICK UP SOME DRIP DROP. They sell Drip Drop in Walgreens and in CVS(sometimes it is located in the baby isle). You can also purchase it on Drip Drop’s website here. I always have plenty of boxes at my classes for people to take with them as well.
Repeating the same exercise with the same reps will not get you anywhere. In order to progress you can’t repeat the same workouts, you’re going to have to challenge yourself if you want better results. One Day you do 50 squats, the next time you workout aim for 60, the next time 70 and so on. Also, many exercises have different levels of difficulty. For example, tricep dips can be done with your knees bent(easier version) or with your legs out straight(harder version). Go with the easy version and once you pretty much master it begin practicing the more difficult version of the exercise. This is how you get stronger!
What I’ve learned about exercises like kickbacks is that in order to get those big bubble butts most of you ladies want, you have to add weights. When doing kickbacks you can add ankle weights to increase the difficulty of the exercise. Once you master a glute workout but your butt still isn’t the size you want it to be or as strong as you want it to be, start using weights. You can do a bunch of squats but can you do squat thrusts with a kettle bell? The same thing goes for something like your abs. Using your own body weight sculpts your abdominals a certain way, when you add weights, it will sculpt your abs even more.
Not every trend is one you need to follow. I’ve done a ton of reading and spoke to some experts and what I have learned is that gluten will not cause you real harm unless you are allergic to it. If you are eating healthy on a daily basis, having gluten in your diet is not a serious thing. It’s not like eating trans fat or something. I always laugh when people are like “I don’t eat gluten”, and they can’t give a solid, scientifically correct answer.
Beware of health & fitness myths. Make sure you do your own research as well. Not every source out here is credible.
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I have always disliked the smell of vinegar. It’s so strong and strange! When my father first asked me to drink some I was like Wow, he has finally lost it. All these years of being crazy and he has finally hit the climax.
Thankfully, I know so much more about vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar to be exact. Apply cider vinegar has so many benefits that few people actually know about. I’ve been using the Bragg’s brand of apple cider vinegar for years now and it has definitely come in handy.
I initially started using it for my stomach problems when I was about 13. Drinking apple cider vinegar MIXED WITH WATER for stomach aches is great. Unless the problem is an ulcer, it should fix you up within minutes. Apple cider vinegar also helps prevent indigestion. It works for my whole family and I am sure it will work for you.
If you have hiccups, swallow a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. You have bad breath? Either drink apple cider vinegar with water or gargle it without any water. Do that a few times a week and your breath will be fine. I used to be skeptical about it because I don’t think vinegar smells good itself so I didn’t know how it would help bad breath, but it works!
The gargling also helps whiten your teeth, remove stains, and kills certain bacteria that can be found in your mouth. Apple cider vinegar can also help with getting rid of certain cold symptoms.Isn’t apple cider vinegar pretty awesome? This one natural product can help you with so many things and you can get it the supermarket. Make sure is pure/raw apple cider vinegar when you purchase it so it will really do its job.
Most of these remedies are do to the fact that certain germs in the body cannot handle the acidic(amino acids) environment apple cider vinegar provides. I purchase mine from Whole Foods, but I am sure there are other places that sell raw, organic apple cider vinegar.
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This one right here is for all my ladies, some of you may know the knowledge I’m about to drop, some of you may not.
Feminine hygiene is so important and I feel like too many of us aren’t educated on how to properly take care of our private parts. Here are some facts/tips to help you ladies who may not know whats best for you.
Products like Summer’s Eve and Vagisil are not products you should be using daily, even though they are labeled as feminine washes. It is okay to use them once in a while. Using natural soaps like the ones I have mentioned in previous posts are better to use on the daily. Dr. Bonner’s is a perfect example of a good. (Peppermint may not be the best one to use down there cause it will give you a little burn, nothing harmful of course.
Eating healthy will always be on the list. Eating healthier gets rid of poor feminine odor. Drinking a lot of water is definitely one of the keys to eliminating poor feminine odor. Drinking things like soda and beverages that are only about 2% real juice will not help. They increase feminine odor, believe it or not. Drinks that are healthy for you will not have the same affect. I’m aware many of you have been fed the lie that pineapple juice will get rid of feminine odor. There is some truth and lie behind. 100% pineapple juice is good for you, but it will not completely eliminate feminine odor. However, drinking 100% pineapple juice is better for you than drinking those “pineapple juices” that are mostly sugar. To put it frankly, drinking water more than anything else is your best bet.
Now ladies, we all know UTI’s and other infections are easy to get if you’re not clean and careful. You should always urinate after sexual intercourse. Why? During sex it is possible for you to get bacteria up in there, close to your urethra. Urinating flushes out that bacteria and most of the time prevents you from getting a UTI. If you don’t feel the need to pee still go to the restroom an try. Not feeling that urge to pee could be a sign of dehydration.
There is so much more to feminine hygiene I just went over some things I felt needed to be said. After all, who runs the world? Girls.
Don’t forget my class February 28th, that’s this Saturday. The flyer is part of my previous post so check that out! Also the shades I am wearing in my header are called “Cleopatra” from Skyline Frames.