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10 Quick Ways to Go from Fat to Firm

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Stay Healthy: Avoid Injuries!

9. Be an expert strength trainer. Slow down and hold the exercise for one count at the peak point of contraction. "Most people move too quickly, so they end up using momentum more than muscle, which compromises performance and can lead to injury," says Los Angeles-based trainer Christel Smith. "Pause for a second, contract the muscle, then slowly lower the weight."

10. Move through soreness. Unless it's severe, stretch or walk often when you're in the midst of post-exercise aches and pains. "The worst thing you can do when you're sore is be a slug and lie on the couch," says Brad Schoenfeld, author of Sculpting Her Body Perfect. The more active you are, the more nutrients your blood delivers to your muscles, promoting a faster recovery. One DVD that does the job (and still keeps you close to the sofa): Living Room Yoga, by Eva Barash.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2007.


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STthurs wrote:

I do squats as I take clothes out of the dryer and fold them, as I go down to pick up a item I squat

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dawnerz1 wrote:

th0029- haha I like that!

3/15/2010 03:53:44 PM Report Abuse
th0029 wrote:

when i go to the bathroom to do 5 squats really quick just keep the blood flown and its great for the legs.

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