A little too eager jumping back into a workout routine and are starting to really feel that soreness post-Barre? You may be starting to feel like your body is betraying you and are ready to call it quits but I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone!
I’ve been there too. I still remember hitting the mat hard after a year of zero active movements… let’s just say I needed an extra 15 minutes to get ready each day for several days. I needed a full week to recover and took my time to really rest, heal and stretch.
If you’re feeling a little sore after your most recent workout, here are some tips on how to navigate your post-barre day:
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
We lose a lot of fluids when we exercise and our bodies need hydration to stay healthy and mobile. So hit that water cooler hard today, and as best as you can reduce sugary drinks and alcohol too.
Try to introduce some light stretching throughout the day. A little touch-your-toes, or side body stretch at the desk, can do wonders in aiding your recovery. I also teach Yin Yang flow on Saturdays at Peak Wellbeing if you’d like to go into long, slow, deep poses to aid mobility and connective tissue health.
Walk it out
Feeling a little stiff after a day of exercise is normal. Don’t let that fool you though – while it’s tempting to curl up and “rest” the best thing to do is keep moving. Easy, gentle movement (such as a brisk walk or a bike ride) will help as it improves circulation, which helps promote nutrient and waste product transport throughout the body.