|IT'S FITNESS FRIDAY|
It's fall (though it kind of feels like winter already) and the urge to just hunker down in a blanket fort and hibernate is growing. Well, that might not be a bad thing, if you are indeed balancing it with your workouts!
Resting after exercise allows your body to recover and strengthen itself, so even if you feel guilty about taking a rest-day, don't! Keeping yourself balanced and recovered is just as important as keeping up with your workouts.
Make sure you build in cool-down time after your workouts, including replacing fluids and protein - might I suggest a green smoothie?! And of course make sure you get plenty of sleep on a regular basis. If you overexercise, you end up risking exhaustion, anxiety/irritability, insomnia, and of course possible injury.
One of the newest trends is sensory- deprivation tanks - salt water bath tanks allow you rest, meditate, etc - Float House, here in Vancouver, suggests a session post-exercise as means of recovery, since you've used your energy, and your mind is clear and calm!
Here is a list of ideas on how to recover post-exercise, but the major key is to listen to your body and make sure you go at your own pace!