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post workout muscle recovery.

post workout muscle recovery.

So you know the feeling the day after the gym where we cannot even sit down on the toilet because those quads are just on fire. Or what about just laughing that it hurts your abdomen- does that sound familiar? I can definitely say yessss!   Well, it’s true that mild soreness is good and even necessary for muscle growth, severe soreness on the other hand is not necessarily a good thing. It can mean 3 things: 1. You are just starting a new fitness program and your body still needs to adjust, 2. You are pushing yourself way over...


let's discuss alcohol.

Anna Smither-Semon

Tags alcohol, dryskin, happyhour, healthy, minirules, trynewthings

let's discuss alcohol.

There's no denying that alcohol plays a major role in the life of most American adults. Occasional drinking has been said to improve health, but frequent binging at happy hour with co-workers doesn't.   Drinking in excess can also put you at risk for certain cancers, diabetes, and liver disease, among other grim conditions. Aside from the serious dangers of drinking too much, there are also a number of other not-so-pleasant effects, including lousy moods, crazy sugar cravings, excess calories, liver fat, poor sleep habits, and foggy concentration. Not to mention, all alcohol is dehydrating, which means dull, dry aging skin.  ...


why you need to stretch more.

Anna Smither-Semon

why you need to stretch more.

why is stretching important? stretching is important for mobility and flexibility and muscle repair. It has an impact on your every-day range of movement, for example bending, twisting and reaching. getting into the habit of stretching after exercise is helpful as regular stretching helps increase flexibility, making muscles more supple. It is important to note that flexibility from regular stretching gradually disappears once you stop stretching. this can happen in as little as four weeks.   when should I stretch? my opinion is to stretch after exercise rather than before it. warming up before exercise is important, but stretching muscles...


allow me to reintroduce myself.

allow me to reintroduce myself.

Hello friends, my name is Anna Smither Semon. Yes, I have two last names now because I was kind enough to take on my hub's last name, even though it is a handful of words to say.   So let's start with a fun fact. In the picture above, I am holding a cochlear implant. I am holding this device because it is a part of my life, meaning I am deaf in both ears and use this device every day to help me hear. Not a lot of people who have met me knows this about me because you don't...


fat.

fat.

the third component of macros is fat. not only, fats provide energy, but it is to keep you full too.   fats are needed by our bodies to provide essential fatty acids and to carry fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K. We often divide fats into two types: saturated fats and unsaturated fats.   usually, we recommend to limit the amount of saturated fats we eat, and to use mainly unsaturated fats to improve our health. the types of fats that we eat are important. fats from plant sources like nuts, avocados, and vegetable oils...