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We see a lot of fitness professionals, athletes, etc. work out in “Beast Mode” and doing amazing things with their bodies, strength, etc. However, which is not as fun or thrilling is what you do to recover. To truly be in a holistic fitness arena, everyone must recover. Every BODY needs this! So, yeah it’s great to lift heavy weights, do acrobat moves, run, push, pull, flip tires, etc.
Sooner rather than later you must take care of you body and let it rest & recover. Now, there are many ways to achieve this in between your workouts:
3. Stretch Therapist
4. Epsom Salt Bath
6. Roller Work
7. Pressure Point Balls
Now, my approach is use all of them based on what your body needs. So, I see a Stretch Therapist every week, do Epsom Salt Baths, occasionally see a Chiropractor, and I do Yoga. Plus, sometimes when your body has been worked hard just rest and good sleep are the best. It’s great to be a “Beast” in the gym but if you’re in this for the long game…Recovery is the way to extend the game for many decades to come. By the way, if want to be challenged….Try Yoga! It will make a fit guy or girl realize that they haven’t really opened up the ability to challenge oneself!
When it comes to fitness you always hear about Crazy Workouts, Beast Mode, Lifting Heavy, workout for 2 hours, workout 6 days a week, etc. etc. Now, that’s all good if you are a Fitness Model, Competitor, and very young. For those of us that are in this for the long run of good health, strength, and not being sore all the time there is a meeting of the mind with being fit and healthy. As I have evolved ( Haha…getting older) I start to realize that this have become more of an endurance run of being strong, flexible, and enjoying working out. I love lifting with my mind now rather than my ego. I feel more connected, in touch, and most importantly…listen to my body. I guess a bit Zen-Like but rather than trying to break a new record I like the feeling of the weights, my muscles getting pumped, and knowing that I’m in control of my future health.
I like cardio but I usually strive for variety in the my personal studio. On the personal end, I like riding my bike in a very large area in Scottsdale/Tempe called the “Green Belt.” It just feels good. I miss the days of playing basketball and have trouble finding a tennis partner right now. I haven’t given up, it’s just putting in the effort to find new friends to play with. Why be in shape if you can’t play once in awhile?
So, as you look down the road…Start to think about how you want to feel when your 50, 60, or even 70. I’ll still be working out and hopefully playing but most importantly…I’ll feel good and confident that I’ve done the best for my health and live a live of confidence and independence.
People are usually confused about working out. Cross-fit, Weight lifting Free Weights, Machines, Body Part workouts vs. Total Body, Yoga, Pilates, Spinning, Spartan Races, Marathons, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Volley Ball, etc., etc.
What the HECK do I do? Here’s the best way to figure out this jumble of mess but, yet, great choices!
1. Get a Fitness Assessment…First. Find out what your body is capable of…Cardio Test, Stretch – Range of Motion, Upper/Lower Body Strength, Core Levels, etc.
2. Then, most Importantly…Do what you LIKE! If you like biking…Great! Do stuff you like but don’t so just that. Pick several things….Spin, Lift Weights, and do Yoga.
3. Now, Keep it Balanced. Lift Weights in your desire – Pilates, Free Weights, Cross-fit. Do at least 2 or more different types cardios – Volley Ball and Spinning, and make sure you do recovery – Yoga, Chiro, Self-Stretch, Massage, etc.
4. Enjoy LIFE! Have energy, strength, health, vitality, prevent disease, and Have FUN!
People often ask me…What gets and keeps people healthy? Well, oftentimes we have to workout, eat well, and most importantly develop healthy habits. How does all of this happen? Consistency!! If you do something over and over again with intended purpose…What Happens? You get better at it and things begin to change for the best.
If you worked out once a week, ate healthy 50% of the time, and still drank too much or slept poorly…What would your results be like? Probably not so good. What if you worked out 4 – 5 times per week, ate 80% – 90% of the time very healthy, drank only 2x per month, and slept 90% of the time really well. How would those results be? GREAT! And why…Consistency!
You have to understand that Consistency has many benefits. It gets better results, get better at things, and most importantly….Creates Excellent Habits!! Think about this…If you have bad habits, you get bad results, bad health, and create new problems for yourself. So, pick good habits and apply them CONSISTENTLY!!
Often times we find ourselves doing the same workout thing….over and over. Why? We get comfortable and, unfortunately so does our body. Our bodies are very adaptive machines and need to challenged to grow & change.
So, if you’ve been doing the same routine…It’s time to mix it up!
Love to Run? Time to Bike!
Love Free Weights? Try out some Kettlebells!
When the last time you went swimming?
Do you any Grip Strength exercises?
When is the last time you played Tennis, Volley Ball, etc?
Have you flipped a Tire lately?
Get out there, flip the switch, and Have some Fun! And watch your body change and learn new moves.