Lately, you’ve probably heard more and more about the importance of self-care. And for a good reason! We need to take care of ourselves.
Training, working out, and exercising can be a key player in your self-care routine. However, it could also end up doing more harm than good.
Common signs of trouble are tiredness, decreased motivation, injury, boredom, and burnout. When your training stops contributing to a healthy lifestyle, it’s no longer considered self-care and can negatively impact your physical and mental well-being.
However, when exercise is part of a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle, then you’re able to reap all the benefits. So here are a few different ways to make sure that your training plays a healthy role in your self-care:
1. Warm-Up and Cool Down
Start every training session with a warm-up, and don’t skip the cool down. Warming-up gets your body for training and prepares you mentally, as well. Taking time pre and post-workout to prep your body can also help to prevent injury.
Give yourself time away from email, notifications, and social media. If you can, keep your phone in your workout bag or leave it in the car. Leaving it behind will help you be less distracted and focus more on what you’re doing in the moment.
3. Nutritious Foods
How do you fuel your body – not just for training but your whole day? Choose nutritious foods that will fuel both your body and mind. Stick to real foods, like fruits and veggies, lean sources of protein, and good sources of fat.
Make sure that you’re drinking enough throughout the day. Pay attention to how well hydrated you are before, during, and after training. It’s hard to play catch-up when you fall behind, so try to stay on top of getting plenty of fluids.
Sleep has a powerful impact on so many aspects of our daily lives, including our workouts. When you prioritize your sleep, you’re giving your body quality time to rebuild and prepare for the next day.
6. Rest and Recovery
Rest and recovery are just as important as your training and workouts. Your body needs time to recover. If you start creeping toward doing too much without recovering, know that you won’t lose what you’ve gained by taking a day off. Instead, you’ll be able to continue making progress and building a sustainable habit.
The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia offers martial arts and fitness programs that will help you achieve your goals. To learn more about the classes and programs we’re currently offering, contact us today.