We all know to take care of our bodies, it’s the only one we got. As a regular fitness buff (feels awkward saying that), there are a few tricks I try to keep in my routine to keep my body happy and in tip-top shape.
For runner’s especially, we know foot-care is of the utmost importance, so when I ran around Montreal in flip flops I paid dearly. I know, I know, Scott you warned me! Unless you ladies want to invest in black toenail polish, get regular pedicures. On the cheap, you can simply soak your tootsies in a warm bath once a week. Feel free to add in some Epsom salt, but docs are on the fence on if the salt is really effective, it certainly won’t hurt you.
My heels got hella angry from the weekend walking so I put Palmer’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E on them nightly, my feet are finely feeling smooth again. The cocoa butter hydrates the skin, which is perfect in this hot summer heat.
After a hard workout, say an hour of stairs, I hit up a cold shower. You’ve all seen the movies with the infamous locker scenes and dudes soaking in ice baths, it’s no movie magic. Ice baths or cold showers are a necessity post-exercise. Cool water will cool off inflamed tissues. Plus it helps take the bright red strawberry color from my face. You can save the hot tub time machine for the day after when your muscles are achy.
Swimming is fantabulous for my arms but a biyatch to my skin. Chlorine can be a real jerk on your sweet soft skin. Always try to lotion up post swim, I use LUBRIDERM because it’s fragrance free and good for you head to toe care. For hair ladies, invest in a solid leave-in conditioner. Your stylist and color will than you.
Want a yummy post-workout drink? Although many protein drinks out on the market can do the trick, get back to basics with chocolate milk. Andrew came home yesterday literally asking for Ovaltine. I shot him the, “Are you high Claree” stare, but he’s right. Chocolate milk has nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, and vitamin D. And did you know that no other single beverage replaces the nutrient-rich package found in milk?!
And lastly – Dear men, does your ass hurt? Or ladies, want a cheap post workout massage? For under $20 it’s worth investing in a foam roller. The benefits are bountiful. Runner’s World has the full scoop, “Using a foam roller can provide similar benefits as deep-tissue massage. By increasing flexibility and decreasing muscle tension, it can help prevent injury and improve performance.”
What are some of your favorite ways to recover and keep your body healthy when you are hitting the pavement?