Coming off an amazing weekend filled with family and friends always seems to ease the pain of Monday mornings. I was lucky enough to keep the workout momentum going this weekend when I was able to sub both Saturday and Sunday for two amazing instructors. I loved being able to be seen by new people and show them what I had. However, sometimes during classes I get so excited and find myself over working my body, which, eventually will catch up to me if I continue to do this with every class I teach. It is important to listen to your body and keep up with taking care of your body. Here are a couple recovery tips that I do to get my body ready to go when teaching so many classes a week:
1. Epsom Salt baths: These are amazing, epsom salt is known for relieving aches and pains and soothing your muscles. I definitely notice a difference after just taking one.
2. Draining your legs: Sometimes just sitting with your butt against a wall and putting your legs straight up can really relieve some pain. It is said to drain the lactic acid build up in your legs. Whatever it technically does...it feels good.
3.Foam rolling/stretching: This is such an important and key part of exercise that so many people forget to do. I notice people running out after my class and skipping the stretch. The stretch is one of the most important parts. After you are shortening your muscles so much for a 45 or 50 minute class it is so important and essential to lengthen your muscles back out. If you have access to a foam roller...even better. This can get deeper into your muscles and break up the lactic acid build up.
4. Massages: Massages are definitely expensive and can add up, however if you can budget for a one-hour massage once a month it will make a world of a difference. Keeping up with soothing your muscles and really breaking up those knots after so much exercise has so many benefits. For one, it makes you feel like you can conquer the world and two it is a huge prevention of injury.
These are my favorite ways to recover and to stay on top of keeping up with my body, comment below with what you prefer to do to recover from exercise!
I'm Carly Biron, a fitness and exercise enthusiast. This whole idea stemmed from me starting a job where I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have been through a long journey of trying to break into the fitness industry, which is why I essentially created this page.