Starting a new fitness program can be exciting and challenging. You are inspired to start training and may even have chosen an event as a goal to train for. Exercise and fitness is important to our health and well being, however, learning to listen to our bodies and include recovery days into our program are equally important.
Below I’ve listed 5 ways you can Recover, Rest and Nurture your body at the same time.I’m the type of person, who starts something and will give it my 110% all the time. I’m guilty of not listening to my body when it is saying ‘Slow down you are overdoing it’. I have problems with my back and sometimes just try to push through which is probably not a great idea.
I’m slowly learning to listen and obey my body’s requests, however, if you enjoy exercising and have a particular goal it can be frustrating to include recovery time. You feel like it is a step back and you won’t achieve your goal.
The Truth is that if you don't have recovery days, you probably won't achieve your goalsClick To Tweet
Pushing your body to the limit without recovery can set you up for injury which will put you even further behind.
Depending on your age and fitness level, to achieve a healthy level of fitness it is recommended that you need to do 30 minutes of exercise 3 – 5 times per week. This will leave you time for at least two recovery days.
Recovery days don’t necessarily mean that you don’t exercise. Recovery is what is says, helping your body to recover from the stress you have put it under whilst exercising.Take Your Recovery Day When Your Body Tells You ToClick To Tweet
Don’t be afraid to take time out even if it is a scheduled training day. If you body is giving you messages of being tired it means that you need to take the day to rest and recover.Don't Feel Guilty, Nurture Your Body When You Need ToClick To Tweet
Here are 5 ways to use your recovery days & nurture your body
1. Go for a stroll NOT a power walk or run
- You will be moving your body but not stressing it out.
- Take it slowly and appreciate your surroundings. When you are walking fast or running you don’t take time to appreciate what is around you.
- Try to walk near the beach or in a park
2. Take a Yoga Class
- Yoga can be challenging but if you take the poses a little easier it will definitely help your muscles. You will feel envigorated after the session but nurtured as well.
- Yoga also concentrates on your mind and you will feel more positive after a yoga session.
3. Go for A Swim
- Go for a swim in the ocean or at the local pool.
- Don’t try to swim for a Gold Medal. Take it easy and just enjoy the water soothing your muscles.
- Walk in the water
- Use your recovery day to just do some Stretching for 20 minutes
- Try a roller to massage your muscles
5. Rest & Relax
- Forget exercise today, have a lazy day and just enjoy it.
- Take a long soak in a bubble bath
- Read a book
- Watch a movie
- Nurture yourself
- Have a massage
Recovery days are important so make the time to include them in your fitness program. You will feel more energized, less prone to injury and more likely to achieve your goals.