Fitness & Beyond #5

Simple Reasons Why You Need Recovery Days

Fight Muscle Pain and Soreness
By now, we should all know that you need recovery days, but do we know the reasons behind needing one? Do we know what happens to the body when you rest? Our latest blog post will sort through the rationale behind resting and what it does for the body.

Rebuild the Muscles
Exercise creates microscopic tears in muscle tissue. During rest days, cells repair and build up the muscle tissue. Recovery is the body’s process for restoring homeostasis.

The body has a chance to remove excess lactate from the muscles. This helps to alleviate muscle pain and soreness.

Mind-Body Connection
When you overtrain the mind and the body tire and lose focus, that can lead to poor decision-making during a workout routine, which increases the risk of injury. When you take regular breaks from training, you ward off mental fatigue. The workouts will always be there, and ultimately you will feel more motivated the next time you hit the gym if you have had proper rest.

Restoring the Body
Glycogen is a form of energy stored in muscles. Exercise depletes glycogen levels, which leads to muscle fatigue. Rest days allow the muscles to replenish their glycogen levels, reducing muscle fatigue and preparing them for their next workout. The lymphatic system gathers waste products from throughout your body so they can be eliminated. Exercise creates many of these waste products, so your lymphatic system kicks into high gear during recovery.

Is Web Accessibility a Click Away?

Justice Department Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

The DOJ recently released its Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA, describing how state and local governments and businesses open to the public, can ensure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities as required by the ADA. The DOJ writes, “this guidance will assist the public in understanding how to ensure that websites are accessible to people with disabilities. People with disabilities deserve to have an equal opportunity to access the services, goods and programs provided by government and businesses, including when offered or communicated through websites.” In a review of the guidance, experts point out, “The DOJ’s new guidance document leaves the legal uncertainty around ADA web-accessibility in place. Must all websites offering goods or services for sale comply with the ADA? Or only those connected to a brick and mortar seller?”

Shall we answer this for businesses? The answer is, Who likes moneeeeyyyyyy?

Pop Culture
Coda for the Win

Apple Original Films’ “CODA,” which has a predominantly Deaf cast, marks the first time a streaming service has won the best picture Oscar. In addition, “CODA” star Troy Kotsur won the supporting actor trophy — the first time a Deaf male actor has landed an acting Oscar, and the second Deaf actor ever to do so after “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin won for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1986.

“This is a really big moment for the Deaf community. It’s a really big moment for the disability community,” Heder said in a backstage interview on ABC’s Thank You Cam, as an ASL interpreter translated her remarks. 

While this is a big moment, it’s the follow-up we are keeping a close eye on. Do tv and film producers use individuals without disabilities for roles that portray individuals with disabilities? Is the pay equal to that of other leading role actors and actresses? What is the volume of roles created in comparison to the rest of Hollywood? 


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