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The How and Why of Warming Up Before a Workout

July 29, 2015 4:04 pm

Before beginning any type of workout, you should always plan for a good warm-up to help prepare your body for physical activity. It may not seem like an essential part of your workout routine, but warming up can actually help prevent illness and even injury once things get really physical. Here are some great ways to warm up — and reasons why it’s so important.

  • It minimizes heart stress. Your heart is forced to pump blood much more quickly while exercising, and it can be stressful if you suddenly start exercising very intensely. Warm-ups help to build your heart rate slowly and gently.
  • It protects your muscles. Warming up supplies extra oxygen to the muscles by dilating your blood vessels, which makes you limber and ready for exercise.
  • Match your warm-up to your exercise. A shorter workout only requires a warm-up of about a few minutes, but if you plan on exercising for an hour or longer, be sure to plan for a longer, more thorough warm-up.
  • Do the same activity at a slower pace. Whether you’re jogging, biking, or doing an aerobics routine, a good way to warm up is by performing that same activity at a slower, more moderate pace.

Warm Up, Cool Down [American Heart Association]
9 Fun And Effective Ways To Warm Up [BodyBuilding.com]
How to Warm Up Before Exercising [NHS]
The Best Stretches to Start Your Workout [Women’s Health]

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Looking for Something Fun to Do? Check out Slide the City!

July 24, 2015 5:42 pm

Click here to visit their website to learn more!! Slip and Slide through the Streets of NYC!!

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Try the Banana Blossom or the Sai-Oua at Kao Soy

July 22, 2015 4:43 pm

It may not be in the heart of Manhattan, but Kao Soy brings some of the international flavors of the city to a spot not far from Hudson County. The Thai restaurant is simply styled: shiny square tables, massive storefront windows, and a wall of exposed brick with a bamboo bar at the back. Its food, however, is anything but simple.

Regular customers highly recommend the sai-oua, which one Yelp reviewer describes as a "crazy complex" spicy herbal pork sausage. It comes with a green chili dip, a medley of veggies, and sticky rice. Another popular dish is the unique pomelo salad, a sweet-savory blend of watercress, coconut, shrimp, and shallot. If you're interested in something that's as pretty as it is flavorful, try the Banana Blossom. One Yelp reviewer's photo of the dish depicts it as a crispy fritter with orange and yellow sweet and spicy sauces on the side.

Kao Soy
283 Van Brunt Street
Red Hook, NY 11231
(718) 875-1155

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