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    Fitness Tips — step aerobics

    Protecting Your Body Through Active Recovery

    Protecting Your Body Through Active Recovery

     

    When trying a new exercise format, or coming back to working out after a break, you may experience muscle soreness. Your body certainly needs time to recover from a difficult workout, but that doesn't always mean complete rest. 

    Muscle soreness may actually be eased and recovery promoted by doing light, low-impact exercise to get the heart rate a little bit above normal, such as with a brisk walk or marching/walking workout. Studies show that when you pump up your heart rate even slightly, you'll push more oxygen and nutrients through your body and bring healing hormones to your damaged muscle fibers, while removing unnecessary metabolic byproducts. 

     

    One way to help avoid muscle soreness altogether, is to take a look at your day. Choose your workout according to the load your are carrying that day. For example, if you happen to have a very packed evening that will keep you out late, and cause you to have less hours of sleep, plan a workout that is not quite as intense that day.

     

    Check out my YouTube channel to find a workout that will suit your needs. There are many playlists to choose from. 

     

    Some especially popular ones are:

    Participants also love my Step Across America and March Across America programs, all around 30 minutes each.

    Loving Your Body and Giving Self-Compassion

    Loving Your Body and Giving Self-Compassion

    An article from Science Daily (dot) com shared a study where an exercisers mood and body satisfaction was improved when the fitness instructors' comments during class were focused on strength and health, instead of losing weight or changing the appearance of one's body, (especially through body-shaming references).

    You are protecting your mental state and well-being by working out with fitness professionals that talk positively and motivate you in healthy ways both physically and mentally. Think how powerful it would be to change the  focus from your size to the beautiful uniqueness you have to offer. Use that positive energy to figure out your purpose in life! You were born to do great things! 

    Over the past 10 years of filming workouts, you'll most certainly see that my weight fluctuates depending on which workout you click on. The desire to be "authentic" encouraged me to continue to film workouts when I've been at all sizes. A real part of life is fluctuations in weight and size, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Just as life has it's ups and downs, for a majority of real people, our weight also has it's ups and downs. Self-compassion is key to getting through difficult life changes, especially if/when your body size changes as a result of stresses. If we recognize the true unique miracle we are in those difficult times, the power within to give love to ourselves, will come much more easily, maybe with some practice.  

    Most importantly, keep moving. Studies have also shown that when you exercise regularly, you'll feel overall better and more confident about your body. Now that's a win!

    To give you something fresh and new for your workouts, try my Step Across America Programs. Participants are loving the different beautiful locations!