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Page 10 | Abby's Magazine | We've all heard the remarkable upsides of physical ac vity. Regular exercise is linked to so many benefits, including more res ul sleep and be er energy, stronger bones and healthy weight, and even increased lifespan. Exercise is so important that the Centers for Disease Control & Preven on make it a cornerstone for healthy living, recommending adults get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week and do muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days. What government guidelines aren't men oning, though, is making me for the behind-the-scenes work your body does to stay fit. Exercise essen ally puts your body through systema c physical stress. Whether it's yoga, weight-training, running, cycling, swimming, or another fave ac vity, a good workout causes microscopic damage at a cellular level. This physical stress then leads the body to repair and strengthen, and ul mately builds fitness. So when you plan your weekly workout me, build in disciplined recovery between workouts to really reap the benefits. Give your body the right ingredients to hone strength, speed, and endurance. Below are 5 ways you can take great care of your recovering body between workouts, to help you feel and perform your best! MAXIMUM RECOVERY 5 Post-Workout Tips for 1. Foam roll—Take me to massage muscle groups with a s ff foam roller or other roller device. This type of self- massage can work certain spots deeply, relieving tension, pain, and ghtness to help with overall recovery and flexibility. 2. Hydrate— It's common knowledge that bears repea ng: If you feel thirsty, you're already slightly dehydrated. Drink water or other fluids during exercise if you can, and aggressively re-hydrate a er working out. Water helps muscle ssue, cushions joints, and also flushes toxins as you recover from exercise. 3. Supplement—Purely herbal supplements can support effec ve recovery, and promote strong workouts, too. Choose New Chapter's Daily Workout & Recovery for well- researched ingredients including Astaxanthin, a clinically studied phytonutrient from algae that activates energy at the cellular level and supports healthy immune defenses. It also has Ginger to soothe sore muscles. 4. Fuel—Ge ng protein soon a er a workout gives your body tools to rebuild. Replenishing carbohydrates is also essen al, since they get stored as glycogen—your body's workout fuel. So your post-workout protein-carb combo could be something like yogurt and berries, a glass of an easy protein powder shake, or tuna on whole-grain bread. Make it easy and delicious! 5. Sleep—Adequate sleep is a crucial part of feeling the benefits of being ac ve. Sleep lets your body focus on repair, hormone release, and is even linked to be er decision-making skills. Adults should generally get 7+ hours of sleep a night.

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