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Stretching - How to Get Started on a Fitness Program

Stretching is often the first thing to go when you have a limited amount of time to work out.  Here are some reasons why flexibility training is essential.

  1. Reduce pain and stiffness
  2. Decrease stress
  3. Improve your performance in physical activities
  4. Improve range of motion
  5. May reduce risk of injury
  6. Improved quality of life

The great thing about stretching is that you can do it anywhere!

 Just follow these tips to do it safely and effectively:

Local Stroll to the Community Garden

Take a walk from the Charlestown Health Care Center to the Community Garden, where Bunker Hill, Main, and Medford streets meet (near the Schrafft building). It's a moderate walk because of the two hills...you will feel your heart pumping after walking up the "Forty Steps" and the steep section of Auburn St, both between Russell St and Bunker Hill St. The garden is a  peaceful and bountiful half-way mark of this 1.6 mile stroll. Let's get moving! 

Local Strolls

For a city neighborhood of approximately one square mile, Charlestown has varied terrain for walking, running, and other activities! We are lucky to have waterfront, grassy parks, steep and not-so-steep hills, flatlands, gardens, harbors, and of course, 292 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, or interested in starting to exercise with a walking program, you don’t have to leave Charlestown to get moving! Get to know your neighborhood better by following our Local Strolls!

Quick Workout at Home

When the weather turns cold and snowy and you’re cooped up indoors, you can still get some exercise, even if you don’t have gym equipment at home. All you need for a cold weather workout is a little space and 10 to 15 minutes.

Try these exercises for a full body workout that works major muscles, core stability and raises your heart rate. Do all four exercises in this series. Rest for a minute and repeat three times.

Fitness: Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Specific

By Mike Bento

I'm not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because they generally don’t work. Each January, people promise themselves that they will do something really positive in the new year — like lose 20 pounds in 2017. That seems simple, but it encompasses many potential challenges that can become unmanageable.

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