With Crossfit, Spartan Races and Tough Mudders all the rage;
what total body crushing, leave you breathless phenomenon will come next?
I have nothing against any of these I just need those of you partaking in them to understand the importance of RECOVERY.
I GUARANTEE that RECOVERY is the MOST UNDERUSED TOOL in YOUR fitness toolbox.
We all have ONE body in this life and we don't want to damage it to the point of no return!
Here are TWO easy ways to train smarter starting NOW.
1. Whether it be yoga, foam rolling and self myofascial release, regular massage, or meditation.
These tools all enable your body restore.
This is not being lazy. It’s called being SMART.
If you don't already have one get yourself a FOAM ROLLER, and get started with this
|Roll from pelvic bone to knee, emphasizing the lateral aspect of the thigh. When you find a point that is especially tight ( could be the whole thing) hang out there and breathe.|
2. In order to stay progressive with your strength be sure to program a de-load week into your routine.
Again this is not being lazy it's called being SMART.
Use this to get stronger each block, not plateau or get injured!
Take PLANNED time off and get stronger OR train hard all the time, get sick and be FORCED to take time off and steps backwards.
Hmm sounds like a no brainer to me.
Whether or not you choose to think of it this way
EXERCISE IS INTENTIONAL STRESS ON THE BODY.
When you have work stress, financial stress, kid stress….
Ever think you might need some restoration to balance out your body?!?!
This goes for both males and females but I want to strongly emphasize this for my LADIES.
FORGET GETTING LEAN in a constant state of stress.
Those daily killer workouts with no end in sight will eventually cause adrenal fatigue.
YOUR BODY WILL ACTUALLY HOLD ON TO EXCESS BODY FAT.
Which means no matter how "clean you eat" or how"hard you train" you will not see the results you are working so hard/suffering for.
YOU NEED MORE RECOVERY!
For almost a decade I have deemed kettlebells and yoga the ultimate compliment to each other. Any sort of intense strength training needs to be balanced out.
Something as simple as 2-4 days of strength and 1-2 days of yoga.
Throughout the years my style of training has evolved but ONE thing has remained the same.
The body needs BALANCE in order to THRIVE on this LONG HAUL called life.
Not sure how to get started with yoga? Still not thoroughly convinced?
MORE ON THAT NEXT!