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Speed up your recovery from exercise!

Training changes such as but certainly not limited to: frequency, distance, new or old shoes, intensity, change of exercise type and variation of surface, all need to be considered in calculating your recovery time. Changes that lead to an increase of stress on the body, may mean you need to adjust training schedule and nutritional intake, to allow the body enough time to recover and repair between workouts.

Other life stressors can also influence your recovery such as: a new job, less sleep, new baby etc.

This Blog is not to replace you seeking specific personal professional advice, it is a guide only. These tips are by no means everything you need to know about exercise. For a beginner commencing an exercise regime please seek personalised professional advise for your situation. My aim is to share some tips I have picked up along the way. I’m hoping to help educate people that there is much more to consider, when going for a run, than just throwing on a pair of sneakers and hitting the pavement. Many people go on their Health Kicks or New Years Resolution’s without any preparation. As the saying goes “Failing to plan, is planning to FAIL”. Once you sustain an injury the damage is done, let’s try to prevent them, as well as help you feel better post work out and keeping you on track to achieving your goals. If you are unsure of how to do any of the listed points, feel free to get in touch with me, within my capacity I can assist or point you in the appropriate direction. Click here

Speed up your workout recovery

Speed up your workout recovery

Here are some easy things you can do so you are not so stiff and sore post work out.

  1. Warm up – I’m sure you have been told “don’t forget to warm up” but I find most people still don’t do it. If you understand a little of why then you might actually do it! Here’s why – Stiff or cold muscles suddenly thrust into vigorous exercise will suffer more microscopic muscle tears than they would if eased into a gradual build up of intensity. For the competitive reader, better blood flow will enhance performance, sound good? Then you know what to do.
  2. Stretch – You can do some gentle stretching before your activity, avoid intense or deep stretches as you don’t want to weaken the muscles or cause micro tears just prior to exerting full effort. For specific stretching guides explore this blog as I have posted and will be posting more descriptions on certain stretches and how to do them safely.
  3. Workout – Enjoy your activity and ensure that you are playing or training at the appropriate level for you.
  4. Cool down – Let’s get straight to the why?- it allows your body, particularly your heart time to adjust to your slower pace. This will give the heart and muscles time to realise the blood needs to flow slower, helping to avoid that light headed feeling or worse fainting.
  5. Stretch – To undo the tension build up from the workout ensure you always stretch as the final part of the cool down process. Focus firstly on the main muscles used the activity.
  6. Massage – Will help to passively release tension at a deeper level than stretching. It will enhance blood flow circulating nutrients to your muscles quicker hence speeding up the recovery. For enquiries on Body and Mindset Wellness Mobile and Corporate Massage service in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Click here.

    Massage aids in recovery and enhance relaxation

    Massage aids in recovery and enhance relaxation

  7. Nutrients – Adequate nutrients with a well balanced diet will assist in the recovery from exercise as well as aid in optimal performance.
  8. Hydration – Staying well hydrated is essential as we are made up of 50-65% water, when you start to feel thirsty that is a sign you are already dehydrated. Ensure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, more when exercising or sweating large amounts.
  9. Electrolytes – Sweat will cause you to lose electrolytes, it is especially important when there has been sustained sweating for quite a long period of time to consume extra electrolytes.  We can get some from our food, depending on the food choice. It’s not always necessary to add extra to your diet however for distance events, especially in sun exposure, you require water replacement as well as electrolytes. Be mindful of the electrolyte replacements that you select as some may have quite a lot of sugar in them. Here is a link to an article on coconut water and it’s ability to act as a natural sports drink. I’m not saying its the only option but it’s a great option
    Natural electrolyte replacement

    Natural electrolyte replacement

    http://huffinesinstitute.org/resources/articles/articletype/articleview/articleid/446/natures-gatorade-effectiveness-of-coconut-water-on-electrolyte-and-carbohydrate-replacement

  10. Active recovery – Being active on the days after your workout, even if it’s a walk or some simple stretches, will help promote blood flow and speed up the recovery process.

I hope this has given you something to think about and may help you on the road to your success, happy training.

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Easy Upper Back Stretch

Easy Upper Back stretches

In conjunction with the chest stretches this stretch is wonderful to help relieve pain or discomfort between the shoulder blades.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting  stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Rhomboids/Trapezius stretch

  • Sit up right, tall in your chair, with feet flat on the floor
  • Interlace your fingers with your arms out in front of you
Starting position for the Rhomboids (between the shoulder blades)

Starting position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius (between the shoulder blades)

  • Inhale, then on the exhale gently push your hands forward and away from you
  • When you feel a stretch hold the position for at least 10 seconds
  • Focus on breathing while stretching
Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

Finish position for the Rhomboids and middle Trapezius stretch

*Ensure you keep your head up. If you find it difficult to feel the stretch, you may use a fixed pole to link your hands around and pull back gently to feel the stretch. Ensure you keep your feet in a wide stance to support your body weight and control the resistance level of the stretch.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, seek professional exercise advice if unsure.

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches post Click here

To view the Levator Scapulae muscle neck stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

Happy stretching!

This is a wonderful easy way to manage your own discomfort and feel great.

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Neck Muscle Stretch

Levator Scapulae Stretch

This is one of the best stretches to do when you spend many hours seated and working at a desk. This stretch is especially good to apply as you feel stress building up or that burning pain up the back of your neck and between the shoulder blades.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had an injury, particularly neck or shoulder, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

  • Sit on one hand, anchoring that shoulder down. Ensure both feet are flat on the floor.
  • Turn your head, roughly 45 deg, to the direction away from the anchored hand.
  • Place the other hand on top of your head and take a deep breath.
  • Slowly and gently pull the head away from the anchored side, down and forward (toward the arm pit) until a stretch is felt, or until you can not go any further. Continue breathing.
  • Repeat the stretch on the second side.
Finishing position for Levator Scapulae stretch

Finishing position for the Levator Scapulae stretch

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

To view the Shoulder stretches post Click here

To view the Rhomboids/Trapezius stretch post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

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Impressive Events with Corporate Massage

Do you want to put that special touch on your next event?

Body and Mindset Wellness have provided that “Special Touch” at a range of Corporate events, Yours can be next!

To discuss how Body and Mindset Wellness can assist you at your next event please Click here or feel free to call us on 1300 796 940.

It may be an in-house event such as: workplace OH&S days, Training days, Fundraisers, Ladies days, or off-site such as Marathons, Sports days and Expos.

Offering Corporate massage can take your event to the next level for those attending. At Expos the use of Corporate massage sparks interest to the particular stall, attracting more attendees at the expo to visit your business stall and look at what you have to offer.

Seated Corporate Event Massage

Seated Corporate Event Massage

Corporate massage can be seated or table massage, it is perfect to imprint a fantastic impression, on the participants, of your business.

Table massage is great for Corporate Sports days, seated massage is ideal for Expo’s, Ladies days and OH&S days.

Marathons and Sporting Events

Marathons and Sporting Events

Corporate massage at Sporting events and Marathons is a wonderful way to assist in the recovery for your team or the event participants.

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Shoulder Stretches

As promised here is your next tip for corporate health.

The Rotator Cuff muscles are a group of four small muscles that work constantly to protect the shoulder joint. These muscles assist with rotational movements of the arm. Today’s stretches will target three of the four Rotator Cuff, Deltoids and Rhomboids. Depending on your particular muscle tightness this will influence which area you feel the muscle stretch. The rotator cuff muscles often have excessive tension from working at a computer however there are many factors that can lead to tension in these muscles.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

  • Teres Major and Posterior Deltoid
  • Sit up tall in your chair
  • Place one arm our in front, with the elbow bent and the palm facing backwards (forearm vertical)
Start position for stretching the Teres major

Starting position for stretching the Teres major

  • Grasp just above the elbow with your other hand
  • Slowly and gently pull the arm across the body to feel a stretch.
  • The stretch should be felt at the back of the shoulder or between the shoulder blades
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds
Gently pull the arm across to feel a stretch at the back of the shoulder

Gently pull the arm across to feel a stretch at the back of the shoulder

Rotator Cuff and back of the shoulder stretches

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a shoulder injury, particularly affecting shoulder stability such as dislocations, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure

  • Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Posterior Deltoid
  • Sit up tall in your chair
  • Place one arm our in front, with the elbow bent and the palm facing down or back toward you (forearm horizontal)
Starting position for Infraspinatus and Teres minor stretch

Starting position for Infraspinatus and Teres minor stretch

  • Grasp just above the elbow with your other hand
  • Slowly and gently pull the arm across the body to feel a stretch
  • The stretch should be felt at the back of the shoulder, slightly different to the previous stretch, or between the shoulder blades
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 10 seconds
Finish position for Infraspinatus, Teres major stretch

Gently pull the arm across the body to stretch Infraspinatus, Teres major

To view the Trapezius stretch post Click here

To view the Chest stretches post Click here

To view the Forearm stretches post Click here

I will be posting more stretches and tips to living well. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me on the number listed or Click here.

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Office Physical Stress Relief – Forearm Stretches

Todays stretches are for the forearms.

Long hours sitting at a computer can cause these muscles to get very tight leading to wrist, hand and elbow problems or pain. It is a great idea for anyone who spends time using a computer to implement stretches regularly, rather than suffering from the discomfort of the overuse injury that often can occur.

*Please avoid these stretches if you have had a injury, particularly shoulder, wrist or elbow, such as but not limited to dislocations, muscles strains, ligament sprains, or seek professional exercise advice if unsure. It’s also important to remember to be gentle moving into and out of stretches to avoid injuring yourself. These stretches are a guide and by no means replace your personal professional advice if required.

Forearm Flexors

  • Sit up right, feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a bent elbow and palm forward (see picture).

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

    This is the starting position for stretching your flexors muscles in the forearm

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, including fingers and thumb.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position or moving into the stretch.
  • Gently pulling back on the fingers while straightening the arm to feel a nice comfortable stretch. You may find simply straightening the arm gives all the stretch you need, with out pulling the back much on the fingers.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.

* People will have the varied ranges of movement, please do not attempt to get your hand beyond a comfortable stretch, the photos are to guide you only.

The end position for the forearm flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The end position for the Forearm Flexor muscles, hold and breathe

The other side of the forearms are our extensor muscles, below is how to stretch them.

Forearm Extensors

  • Sit up right, place your arm to be stretched, out in front, with a straight elbow and palm backward (see picture)
  • Tuck your thumb in and curl your fingers around to make a fist .
Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

Starting position for the Forearm Extensors stretch

  • The 2nd hand grasps the stretching arm’s hand, securing fingers and thumb in the fist.
  • Keep the shoulders down, avoid lifting them to get into the position and while stretching.
  • Gently pulling back on the fist to feel a nice comfortable stretch, the stretch may be around the wrist or further up the arm. You may only require a small movement to feel the stretch, without pulling the back very far on the fist.
  • Hold the stretch position for at least 10 seconds and repeat on the 2nd arm.
Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Hold the fist and gently pull back until a comfortable stretch is achieved.

Enjoy your stretching

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10 Minutes On The Road To Regain Your Health

My clients often say to me how busy they are, sharing their stories about a backlog of emails, piles of paperwork with a To-do list a mile long. I have experienced this stress and I recall the trap of an endless work load. It began with skipping breaks, less time for me and healthy habits such as exercise, often eating poorly whilst reading emails, I’m sure you get the picture. Over this period of time I gained weight, I felt stressed and exhausted, experienced low motivation and ill-health. I could see what was happening, all of it; the overload, the stress and personal neglect. In accepting a management role, it meant my days were focused on looking after a beautiful team of people, I just forgot to look after myself. Training for the role may have assisted but I did my best in the situation.

Overload leads to stress and disease

Overload leads to stress and disease

I am certainly not special or different in this case as there are so many people who sadly do the same. As previously mentioned once aware of what was happening, I made a conscious decision to do at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. Sometimes it would be broken into 2 short 5 minute walks outside and then straight back in again. Like most people I know, you are probably thinking what a waste of time, 10 mins isn’t a lot but it got me away from the desk, it was an achievable goal and it was for me. When taking this time out, the aim was to leave the work load behind and focus on breathing and enjoying my walk, stairs, squats, lunges or what ever it may be.

Enjoy some fresh air each day for healthy living

Enjoy some fresh air each day for healthy living

Some days I got a little more time, but that never transferred to the next day, it was counted as a bonus. Gradually the daily exercise increased, so after a month I increased it to a daily minimum of 15 minutes and I stuck to that too. The benefits I saw were, I felt better in myself with more energy and clarity. These small steps helped me improve my health, lower stress and get control of the work load. Gradually I built up my exercise intervals to 30-40 minutes each day.

Anytime I feel that I’m time poor, I remember to go back to 10 minutes, it’s better than nothing and I start the process again from there.

 

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