3 Ways to Rest and Recover this Holiday Season

How do you take care of your body when it needs to rest? 💫

Our Fit for the Holidays Challenge is coming to a close and our members have been pushing themselves to complete our festive workouts. As we grow and strengthen our mind and our bodies, it can take a toll on our muscles! 💪 🛁 😴 

Here are a few ways I like to assist my body as it recovers!

  1. Take an epsom salt bath. 
  2. Stretch or Do Yoga
  3. Plan (and execute) my Evening Routine 

All of these techniques are great ways to slow your body down and let it recover in between workout days.

1. Epsom Salt Baths

One of my favorite ways to recover during a busy season is to make time for an epsom salt bath. While some experts suggest that stress relief comes just from the act of taking a warm bath itself, others believe Epsom salt helps stabilize mood and relieve stress, anxiety and depression. 

The magnesium in epsom salts can also help relieve muscle tension and headaches. It can also help reduce inflammation in the body. So when you're feeling tight, stiff and sore, try an epsom salt bath for some relief. Just make sure you don't over soak - 10 to 15 minutes is plenty of time! 

Also, highly recommend hydrating during and after an epsom salt bath. Ensure you keep a water bottle close by and make sure you get at least 16 oz of water to help move and flush toxins from your body! 

2. Stretch or Do Yoga 

Another wonderful way to reduce some stress and give your muscles some love this holiday season is to make sure you stretch.

When you are working out hard, or trying new exercises, your muscles undergo a lot of stress. While we love moving our bodies and feeling good about working out, it's important to make sure you give your muscles the recovery time they need.

Stretching is really important to muscle recovery. If you are not familiar with how to care for sore muscles, I highly recommend trying a beginner's yoga or stretch class. 

 🤩 I’ve got some free yoga videos on my YouTube channel, click this photo below to try one out! 

3. Plan (and Execute) Evening Routine

My last tip for ensuring you get some quality rest and recovery in this holiday season is to plan an effective evening routine. 
I like to set a hard stop timeline for being on my phone. After 8 pm it's shut off and put away. Then I always try to read or have some journal time after Andara goes to sleep. Trying to get 8 hours of sleep can be hard some days but it's so important to get that rest so you can show up to be your best self the next day.

 And as always, make sure you listen to YOUR body as YOU know best! 😊 

Happy Holidays Glittergang! 🎄

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