Mercury retrograde is finally over! Which means its time to get fueled up and kick start all those brand new and shiny exercise and fitness programs. I remember the first day I started working out. I was both eager and terrified out of my mind. Before my commitment to myself I hadn’t worked out consistently since high school P.E. The secret is, even 3 years later, there are still days I’m terrified out of my mind to workout.
Progress isn’t linear. This is probably a phrase I say over and over again on my Instagram. (a note to self anyone?) I’ve experienced a surgery, injuries, changes in my fitness goals, and major life changes throughout the past several years. And despite knowing that these changes are happening and even living through them, for some odd reason I seem to forget that this affects every thing I put my energy and focus into even fitness.
Often times during these high stress levels of life I run to my exercise as a way to decompress and destress. It’s great for my mental health, but taxing on my body. Because of this I’ve sustained some minor joint injuries from lack of rest.
Rest is the one thing you NEED to schedule in when starting an exercise program. And its the one thing I’m terrible at.
I cannot stress this enough especially based on my own experience. At the tail end of 2015 I thought it would be a great idea to try to prep for another body building competition, do BBG workouts as my cardio, work a full time 9-5 job that had a 1 hour commute each way, and plan and host meet ups with our SF Bay Area fitness community. Oh did I forget to mention that during this time I also still photographed weddings with my husband and have two kids to raise. Mentally and through Google Cal, I had this all worked out. It felt like a great idea at the time especially since I knew I had done it before. But when I take a step back and reflect on the differences 2015 and 2016 had, I realized that there were things taking up my mental capacity that required more physical energy. Because of this I tore my shoulder at the end of 2015 and I’m having some hip and knee mobility issues.
So this year I’m going to do better with my rest days and scheduling a FULL COMPLETE rest day each week. Rest is needed so I honor the hard work my body has done for me. There are some things that help me along the way such as Arnica, a homeopathic supplement that aids in muscle soreness and bruising. And something I recently picked up as one of my gym bag essentials in case my knee starts to bother me with box jumps, heavy squats, and SoulCycle.
I started to use the Dynamover brace by Whole You. It’s a compression sleeve that helps with the support of my knees. A lot of the leg workouts I do involve my hamstrings and quad muscles which become contracted naturally through movement and exercise. The Dynamover helps to elongated those muscles relieving tension and stress. It was designed with a seamless 5 zone design which provides you the right amount of compression and support where you need it most.
Along with the rest days, I’m trying to commit to more foam rolling while watching TV. Foam rolling is a form of myofascial release and helps to break up the excess fascia around the muscles caused by working out.
Now that you know the biggest thing I’m terrible at, I’d love to hear yours. Comment below.
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