Many of us are running day in and day out! Taking care of yourself post-workout is extremely important. Taking 1-2 days a week off is needed to help prevent injury and allows your muscles proper time to repair themselves and rest. If your body is screaming at you that you need to take a day off, you should listen. The body intuitively knows what we need. Here are four ways to reset, rest and recover spiritually, mentally and physically:
1. Going for a Walk:
Recovery doesn’t necessarily mean staying stagnant and not moving all day. If you love to get daily movement, walking is a great alternative to machine based cardio and/or weight training. If it is nice outside, consider taking your kids for a walk, walking the dog or going with a friend. Change the location up! Suggestions could be the park, beach, track, or neighborhood. Phone a friend or listen to an audio book on Libby. The time will fly by!
Stretching is great for a recovery, but also reduces post-exercise muscle stiffness and soreness. Starting with just 5-10 minutes is beneficial! You can do this while watching TV, on a desk break, or before bed to de-stress. I always add a stretch to the end of each class as I truly believe in the benefits for our physical and mental well-being.
Working our minds is just as beneficial as working our bodies. I alternate between meditating and tapping (explained below) on a daily basis. Just a 10 minute meditation can make us more present in our lives. I highly suggest Mary Kate’s YouTUBE channel: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCamj35pqzYWvABxGfVOTsvA. She has different length meditations/ manifestation techniques depending on what you are looking for!
4. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique- Tapping) – Check out this Butt and Gut recording done on May 10, with an intro to EFT tapping at the end https://cgmfit.com/product-category/streaming/?page=6 . Tapping helps to ease tension in our bodies and minds, relieve stress, anxiety, depression as well as keep us grounded.