Ask the Trainer: Workout Soreness
Question: When I'm sore the day after I work out, do I need to push through it, or rest?
Answer: When your muscle is sore it is from muscle being broken down in the workout. Think of it as micro-tears in the muscle body. To get stronger you have to give your body time to heal and provide it with adequate protein to help repair. I wouldn’t train the muscle until the soreness goes away as it is still in the repairing process. This is often referred to as overtraining as you try to work the body harder and harder and see no results because your body can’t recover. Hope this helps!
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Regular exercise brings big-time mental benefits. No matter what how old you are or what your fitness level is, exercise improves your brain function. Who can say “no” to that? Think of what amazing things you can accomplished with a well-functioning and positive mind! So, what specifically does exercise do for your mental state? Below are the top five ways working out boosts your brain power.
Ah, stress. It happens to everyone. It could be a tough day at work, home, or out and about. Exercise builds levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate how your brain responds to stress. If stress is weighing you down, a solid sweat session at Snap Fitness is what you need!
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Increase Your Confidence
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Spread The Feel-Good Vibes!
A positive attitude is contagious. Extend your fitness routine to include group classes or activities. Running around the lake before coffee? Yes! A pick-up game of softball after work with friends? You bet! You can inspire your crew to work harder and have more fun. We call that a win-win.