Our bodies are amazing! No matter how much you throw at it, it works overtime to rid itself of toxins and get you back to feeling your best ASAP! It’s so important to make sure that even though we have been letting our hair down, that we still make time to nourish our bodies and say thank you for all the times we’ve been a less than desirable friend to it.
With the holiday season winding down, this is the perfect time to take a step back and show how thankful you truly are! So, schedule in some rest and recovery time for your fabulous and ever forgiving bod and get back on track with the following rest and recovery tips.
Remember, it only take 2 weeks to form a habit, so get started!
1. Hydrate – Drinking 6-8 glasses of filtered water will replenish your poor little cells and assist with detoxification.
2. Sleep – Catch up on some Zs and get a good sleep rhythm going.
3. Breathe – Take some time to pause, reflect and focus on your breathing. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind it’s time to breathe a little deeper and set your intentions for the year ahead.
4. Nourish – You may have had a total blow out, but getting back into clean eating as soon as possible is the best way to start feeling good again. Have a green smoothie, get lots of fibre rich vegetables and cook as much as you can at home.
5. Move – This is so important after a big meal. Even a 15 minute walk after eating will help digestion.
When you’re out of your food coma and the hangover is out of sight, it’s time to step it up and get your heart pumping into 2014. Let’s move it!
Here is another workout designed to keep you moving during our holiday break. Couple this with the core workout recently posted on our Facebook page.
- 45 seconds jump squats
- 15 seconds rest
- 45 seconds Pushups with opposite arm/leg extensions
- 15 seconds rest
- 45 seconds Single Leg Deadlift with knee raise and press (with weight) on left leg. 15 seconds rest. Repeat on Right Leg. 15 seconds rest
- 45 seconds Russian Twist (seated with weight & twist side to side lowering weight to ground) *Make it harder keep feet off ground
- 45 seconds Inch Worms
- Start standing. Walk hands out to a high plank. Do x1 pushup. Walk feet to hands and stand up. Repeat. Rest 1 minute.
- Repeat this whole set x3 times total
NOTE: If weights are unavailable, try this:
Single Leg Deadlift: Simply touch the opposite toe with your hand and lift your hands up as you come up. This is great for activating the smaller muscles in your glutes, make sure that your knees are not going past your toes and are in line with your toes not to the left or right of them. Great for balance too.
Russian Twist: Twist to left, hold 1 second, twist to right, hold 1 second and repeat touching hands only to floor.
Don’t forget to warm up and stretch to ease any muscle pain!