Bathing suit season is officially here, and it’s way too hot to avoid the pool or the beach because you are uncomfortable being seen in a swim suit! I wish there was a button we could push to get ourselves back in shape, but unfortunately we have to resort to eating right and exercise. Hours in front of the computer have got me completely out of shape, so when I started exercising again, it was even more difficult than it has been in the past…and do I ever feel it in the morning!

As someone starts to exercise, they will need to learn how to properly recover from their hard work. Stretching, eating certain foods and drinks and using heat and ice packs are all ways to avoid and recover from muscle aches and pains. You can find several techniques for recovering from strenuous exercise at

I find that the best way for me to avoid extreme muscle pain is to target different muscle groups each day, and to do my stretching afterwards. A good pair of running shoes makes a world of difference when you are taking part in a running program. While strength training, it can be difficult to find the fine line between pushing yourself and hurting yourself, but it’s important to listen to your body. If it’s easy, you aren’t doing enough and if it’s hurting, you may be doing too much. I try to stick with 3 sets of 12 repetitions during strength training, but increase the weight gradually every time I target that area.

Most importantly, I’m learning to be comfortable in the skin I’m in, even if I’m not at my goal weight. Life is way too short to spend being insecure or self-conscious about weight. I wish that was a lesson I learned a little earlier in life!

This post was sponsored, but the content and opinions are my own.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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