We all value determination and the ability to push through and stick with a challenge. However, it’s possible to take this too far – especially when it comes to your workout routine.
Here’s a few pointers for keeping your workout helpful not hurtful…
- Balance high-intensity workouts with restorative practices like yoga or pilates.
- Always prioritize sleep. It is not worth cutting a good night’s sleep short to make it to the gym. Over time you’ll wear yourself out and likely do more harm than good.
- Learn to listen to your body. Push it when you can, and take it easy when you are feeling tired, worn down, or stressed out. Being tuned in to your body’s needs will pay off in the long run!
Here’s a refreshing restorative yoga pose that you can practice anywhere:
Legs Up the Wall
|This pose regulates blood pressure, refreshes the abdominal organs and prevents varicose veins. Great after a day on your feet.
Note: If you feel a slight tingling in your legs, this is normal. If it becomes painful, bring your legs down and move into a crossed-legged position with your legs still resting on the wall. Do not practice this pose during menstruation.
A list of other restorative yoga poses can be found on the Be Well site here.