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Friday, October 19, 2012


What is Spirit Day?

An annual day
in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying
and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)

Where did the idea come from?

An amazing teenager named Brittany
 wanted to remember those young people who lost their
lives to suicide and to take a stand against bullying.

Who participates?

schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities, parents
and many more. Everyone from Oprah
to the cast of Jersey Shore
 went purple last year. Even the
White House joined the cause! Check out this year's Spirit Day

How do I get involved?

It’s easy! Simply take the pledge to "go
purple" on October 19th
 as we work to create a world in
which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. You can also download our Spirit Day resource kit,
which has ways you can turn your community purple. Spirit Day participants can
alsospread the word and
tell their friends
 that they're standing up against bullying. 

Support LGBT
youth and stand against bullying! When you text PURPLE to 80888, you
are supporting the important work GLAAD, GLSEN and
The Trevor Project
 do every day!

What is Spirit Day?

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against
bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 as a response to the young people who
had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools,
organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple,
which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy --
participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 19th as we
work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who
they are. Learn more & go purple at


We all know we should stretch, but far too many of us overlook this
and choose to get on to the “nitty gritty” instead – the exercise or the sports
or the free running. But you may not be doing it because you don’t know how,
when, or even why stretching is important.

Stretching is useful for both injury
prevention and injury treatment.  Additionally, it may increase
flexibility of the neck, shoulders and upper back may improve respiratory

Here are a few reasons why it’s important to add stretching to your

Why Stretch?

1. Improves Muscle
Development – If you’re doing a workout with the hope of building muscle
then stretching is very important as it enables you to move through the full
range of movement. This then results in your building full and long muscles
instead of them becoming stunted and short.

2. Increases Range of Motion –
Not only does stretching increase the range of motion for someone lifting
weights while they’re doing it, it also helps to increase range of motion and
flexibility in general. This then means that you will be more likely to perform
things such as the splits or high kicks. It’s highly useful in a range of
different athletic and sporting events and many athletes practice stretching for
this reason.

3. Reduces Injury –
Stretching reduces the chance of injury by gradually elongating the muscle. If
you’re more flexible then that will mean that you don’t pull or tear a muscle
if you are to slip or trip as your body is capable of reaching that position.
In the short term it also helps to limber up the muscle and tendon and thereby
prevent a pulled muscle or tendon.

4. Warms You Up –
Stretching can be used as a way to warm up the muscles and it will encourage
the flow of blood. This then provides the muscles with an oxygen supply as well
as nutrients in order to help them to keep going.

5. Improve Posture –
Stretching can also help you to improve your posture and particularly
stretching the back. It may also be useful for alleviating pain and this is why
it is commonly used as a part of yoga and Pilates.

When To Stretch?

Although many coaches and exercise physiologists formerly
recommended stretching before a workout — without regard for the type of
stretching — warming up with the type of activity known as static stretches is
now considered outdated, ineffective and even dangerous. Most experts now agree
that static stretching can cause you to feel weaker and more fatigued; in
addition, there is no evidence that pre-workout stretching prevents injuries. To
prepare for a workout, the best policy is to perform dynamic stretches: light
activity that raises your heart rate while readying your muscles for exercise.

How To Stretch

After exercise, cool down and hold a
given stretch only until you feel a slight pulling in the muscle, but no pain.
As you hold the stretch the muscle will relax. As you feel less tension you can
increase the stretch again until you feel the same slight pull. Hold this
position until you feel no further increase.

If you do not seem to gain any range
of motion using the above technique, you may consider holding the stretch
longer (up to 60 seconds).



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