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Have you ever experienced the “jell-o” like feelings in your legs after a long and intense workout? A build up of lactic acid in your body was often the explanation, but we are learning that there may be other causes.

(Photo credit to Saturday Evening Press)

(Photo credit to Saturday Evening Press)

Any time you experience this weak feeling, your body is trying to send you a message. Most of us don’t know what this message means, or how to rectify it.

Here’s the truth behind lactic acid: Its purpose is to give your muscles, energy so you can move, not slow you down!

The purpose of lactic acid is to give you quick energy when you are pushing through the pain of your workout. During those last few minutes, the lactic acid is there to help!

Everyone has lactic acid in their bodies- people who workout every day, and those who have never worked out a day in their life. The more carbohydrates that your body uses during a workout, the more lactate will accumulate in your muscles and blood.

Many runners falsely believe that lactic acid causes post race soreness. However, a new study from Auburn University shows that post race pain is actually the result of damage to muscle or corrective tissue. Lactic acid has been taking the blame all along…

No matter the cause- post run recovery is vital to your health and wellness. Hydrate and nourish yourself with water and healthy meals so that your body is ready to hit the hills again in no time.

Society is OBSESSED with New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately with it being 3 weeks past the 2013 ball-drop, most have dropped the ball on their resolutions. In fact, 88% of all resolutions end in failure. I admit to being culprit to this, but there are definitely ways to fix your flop!

We took a look at Time Magazine’s Top 10 Failed Resolutions. There is no surprise to see the most common resolution made. Can you guess it?
10) Drink Less
9) Volunteer
8) Be Less Stressed
7) Travel to New Places
6) Spend More Time with Family
5) Get Our of Deby & Save Moneyphoto
4) Eat Healthier & Diet
3) Learn Something New
2) Quit Smoking
1) Lose Weight & Get Fit

If you fell into one of those categories, don’t be another statistic! Instead of an all-or-nothing approach, we encourage you to do Monthly Resolutions. Once a resolution becomes a routine, you are less likely to break it !

Short term goals are much easier to achieve than long term. Make a list of things you want to accomplish…by day, by week, and by month. A bunch of small goals will lead up to a big one, and you’ll be on your way to achievement. Most importantly, have faith in yourself and stay motivated!

For More Information Visit: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2040218_2040220_2040342,00.html