I noticed this morning how much farther I could stretch when I closed my eyes and slowed down. Shutting out the room allows you to focus on the muscle you’re working on, and slowing down — spending 30 seconds on each one — gets a better stretch. Pausing to hold each little increment of bend for 5 seconds means I can go much farther by the end. I’m not striving for the splits, mind you, but I’m surprised by the progress I’ve made over the years in keeping my body limber. The same idea applies for any workout. The slower you lift anything, the more it works your muscles (meaning fewer reps); and the more you can concentrate, the easier the lift. Having the kids home for the summer is a great opportunity to get healthy together. Maybe they could join in when you exercise, whatever that may be.
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