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2012 Year in Review: Top Health and Fitness Tips

December 30, 2012 05:00 PM
Drinking water, juice or sports drinks are better post-workout options to refuel than beer.
Strengthening the shoulder muscles can help you prevent injury and hit bigger serves and ground strokes.
As 2012 comes to a close, here are some of the most popular Health and Fitness tips we offered throughout the year:
1. Stonyfield Tip: Alcohol and performance
There are a lot of misconceptions about how alcohol fits into an athlete’s diet. Think you know the facts? Test your knowledge with a few true or false questions in this Stonyfield Tip.
The shoulder may be the most important joint in the body for a tennis player. These three exercises will strengthen the surrounding muscle groups of the shoulders and help you prevent injury while hitting bigger serves and ground strokes.
Having strong legs not only helps to enhance your performance, but it also helps prevent injuries. Add this exercise to your workout routine (with or without weights, depending on your existing leg strength and fitness goals) to improve your volleys, ground strokes and more.
You are committed to putting the time in to perfect your tennis game on the court; now it’s time to take the next step: develop a nutrition plan! Good nutrition supplies the fuel you need to perform at your highest level. Find out how to develop a good plan in this Stonyfield Tip.
Muscular balance is a key to injury-free tennis. By exercising both muscles in the front and the back of your body, you can accomplish this goal. In addition, keep in mind that the muscles of the back of the shoulder and upper back are vital in the follow-through phase of the serve and forehand. Both the seated row and bent-over row are great exercises for strengthening the muscles that retract the shoulder blades.
Check out more Health and Fitness tips from 2012.


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