If you are like me, you are in the middle or nearing the end of a fall fitness challenge. Your body probably feels a little fatigued, you are sore all over, and you aren’t quite sure what to do next. Here are some ideas for restoration during a fitness challenge to help your tired muscles.
Take a warm bath
Epsom salt baths are great for muscle tension and pain. Try adding a couple of drops of lavender oil or eucalyptus to make your bath experience more relaxing. Pour yourself a glass of wine and unwind, even if just for 10-15 minutes.
Visit a spa
There is nothing like a great massage to soothe your tired muscles. You have worked hard, so you deserve to reward yourself during the process. Try a sports massage, facial, or even a mani/pedi.
It may not be possible for you to spend money at a spa, so do your own at home treatment. An at home facial treatment may be just what you need to relax. I love the sea algae clay mask from Tone It Up. It always leaves my skin feeling super hydrated.
I am also loving all of the barre/HIIT restore classes at The Barre Code Plano. The extra minutes of stretch make a huge difference.
When you are challenging your body, it is important to reward it with some stretching. This is something I often forget, but when I remember, I feel so much better. Join in on The Noya Yoga self-love challenge as a starter.
I have said it before and I will say it again, foam rolling is my best frenemy. It can be painful, but it is a great way to work out the knots and tightness from overworked muscles.
It is important to stay hydrated and get water to your muscles. If you are working out more than usual to finish your challenge, you need even more water. Read this post for how to stay hydrated and get some yummy drink recipes to encourage you to drink more water.
Take an active rest day
Although it is tempting to spend a whole day in bed with Netflix, moving around is helpful to get blood to the tired muscles. Go on a short walk, clean your house, or make a trip to the grocery store. You don’t have to run a marathon, just get up and move for 20 minutes.
What is your favorite way to get restoration during a fitness challenge? Leave me a comment below!