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Stretching is something we do often – think about what is the first thing you do when you wake up and are getting out of bed or when you’ve been sitting too long.  But why is it important? And what are the different types of stretches? Stretches are either dynamic (meaning they involve motion) or static (meaning they involve no motion). They reduce the risk of injury, prevent muscle soreness after exercise, and improve athletic performance.  Wikipedia defines stretching as: Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific muscle or tendon (or muscle group) is deliberately flexed or stretched in order to...

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Abs, excercise, Fitness, Mio Skincare, Summer -

For the next few months we will be focusing on your body and it's various muscle groups to help you get your body ready for the upcoming summer! We will showing you video's, sharing tips and giving you all the motivation you will need to get your there! Your waistline is often the body area that you give the most of your thought and exercise to; and a good majority of us are looking to have the flat, toned abs we see all over the media.  Lets dive a little deeper into this muscle group and dispel some of the...

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 We hope we’ve got you ready to roll out your mat, lace your shoes or jump in a pool by now!  Speaking on lacing – your gym shoes should be supportive and comfortable and one thing to think about is can you slip them on easily or can you find a lace-less option?  Once you get to the point that you can’t see your toes, tying your shoes becomes a bit difficult with out help.  Your workout clothing should also be breathable and not too tight, if you’re not too keen to make an investment into new workout clothes one...

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We spoke in detail last week about yoga and pregnancy, but are are many other forms of exercise to consider as well.  Many gyms offer pregnancy specific or friendly classes. When in doubt when working out at the gym, hire a qualified trainer who specializes in pregnancy.  They can show you the ropes and help guide you through your exercises.  Also a reminder to chat to your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. If you get the go-ahead to work out, be sure to listen to your body. Don't overdo it – stop if it hurts or feels uncomfortable....

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One thing we hear a lot from women who are pregnant regarding exercise, is that their healthcare provider told them to start up yoga as a great pregnancy friendly option for exercise.  While there is a huge benefit, there are also some things that need to be clarified as well.   There are many different types of yoga, and if this is your first time trying one while you are pregnant –look for a prenatal class or a studio that is well versed in helping pregnant woman as some of the poses can be counterproductive or even harmful while you are...

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