Olympian Laura Bennett’s tips for easing yourself out of winter hibernation

March 27th, 2014
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After a harsh winter, we’re finally starting to see glimpses of spring. Many of us become more active as the temperatures rise, busy with everything from outdoor sports to gardening. We asked Team Ribose member, Olympian and multiple world championship medalist Laura Bennett, for her tips on getting back into shape.

“If you have had some time off (from your fitness routine), it is important to make sure you get back into exercise slow and cautiously,” she advises. “For example, set up a routine of exercising every day but starting out slowly and conservatively.”

For example, if your exercise is running, Bennett suggests a schedule of walking and running. “Program your stop watch to one-minute run, one-minute walk. Try to build up your total time to an hour each day. So on day one, do a total of 20 minutes. Day two would be 30 minutes, day three: 40 minutes. Day four would be a day off. Then on day five, aim for 50 minutes. Day six, go back to 40 minutes. Then on day seven, set a goal of 60 minutes.

Bennett encourages you to listen to your body, and adjust your goals accordingly as you build up your stamina. “Remember that daily intake of Bioenergy Ribose can minimize sore muscles and muscle cramps so that you won’t be sidelined by pain,” she adds. “It can also help restore muscle energy faster so you’ll be more likely to finish that run, keep up with your kids as they enjoy outdoor play time, or simply complete your spring planting so that you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.”

 

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