If scaling a flight of stairs in either direction sounds exhausting, you’re not alone — two in five Americans feel out of shape after doing so.
A recent survey of 2,000 Americans finds strength or weight-training (38%), doing yard work (38%), and cardio exercise (37%) also leave respondents feeling uncomfortably sore. This may be why nearly three in five say they’re often reluctant to exercise at all.
Half of these respondents feel like exercising would be a lot of work and 47 percent dread post-workout soreness or aches and pains. In addition, some cite health-related barriers to working out, such as a chronic illness or disability; adding that these factors can make exercise particularly painful.
Nearly three in five agree that forgoing stretches before a workout always results in waking up sore the next day. For many Americans, pre-workout warmups usually involve neck stretches (42%) and shoulder rolls (37%).
While yoga mats (33%) and exercise balls (28%) are popular tools for stretching, common household items can also be handy. In fact, 43 percent just use a bath towel to help them limber up when professional equipment isn’t available.
Beating those brutal aches and pains
Sore limbs can serve as a wake-up call for 61 percent of respondents, who end up doing more stretches throughout the day. Half of respondents add they experience the most soreness in their legs, feet, and back.
“Our results show the importance of stretching as a preventative measure rather than just a reactive one,” says Beth Stiller, CEO at Massage Envy, in a statement. “While three in five stretch to relieve soreness, it’s also important to incorporate stretching into your routine as a preventative measure to avoid the aches and pains that can accompany activities such as working out or sitting at a computer for long periods of time.”
Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Has Been Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer
This follows his transfer to a medical facility in December
The new comes from a letter he wrote:
French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
Boston Mayor Wu Relentlessly Heckled As New COVID-19 Restrictions Are Announced
Boston unveils the ‘Be Together’ initiative, requiring full vaccination for entry to restaurants, gyms, and sports arenas for anyone 12 and older. In March the mandate will phase-in for younger children.