Feel healthy, improve recovery and performance
A healthy diet, positive thinking and regular exercise are all important for reaching your body and life goals. To lose weight or gain muscle, exercising effectively is crucial. Recovery is just as important, as your body needs time to adapt to changes and repair muscles. This is especially true if you weight train, do intense exercise or have an injury. Relax your muscles to help you feel more relaxed and ready to exercise.
4 ways to relax your muscles
- Stretching – improve the muscle’s control, flexibility, and range of motion. Stretching can also help your performance in the gym and prevent your body from injury. We recommend stretching before and/or during gym sessions, as well as in the morning and/or evening. Even a quick stretching session can help you feel less stressed and more energetic.
- Massage – relax muscle tissue, which reduces painful contractions and spasms. Massage can also reduce nerve compression. When muscles are contracted, they sometimes compress the nerves around them, which can cause pain or injury
- Hot water therapy– reduce pain and relax muscles. Hot gel/water packs or bottles are inexpensive and can be bought from supermarkets or pharmacies. Using them after a stressful day or heavy gym session, can help your muscles to relax and recover
- Meditation – breathing and positive thinking. Meditation can help you to feel your muscles and relax them. Even simply taking a deep breath in and out can help to relax your muscles and improve your posture. Positive thinking can help you feel less stressed, helping your muscles to relax. When you’re stressed, take a slow deep breath in, hold it and breathe out slowly. Repeat a few times. Also, think about people you are grateful for, positive experiences you have had or things you are looking forward to. These are simple but so effective!
Relaxing your muscles can help:
- Increase flexibility – being more flexible will help you feel healthy and energetic in daily life. It also helps exercise and prevents injury
- Increase your range of motion – you can move more freely. It also prevents injury and can help you do activities or exercises properly. For example, doing weight training exercises with a full range of motion will work out a greater area of your muscles
- Increase blood flow to your muscles – this shortens your recovery time and reduces muscle soreness
- Improve your posture – Muscle imbalances or soreness can lead to poor posture or movement
- Heal and prevent back pain – Back pain can be caused by muscles pain or soreness. Stretching, massage and hot water therapy can help this. We recommend that you see a medical professional if you have back pain.
- Stress relief – When you’re experiencing stress, there’s a good chance your muscles are tense. That’s because your muscles tend to tighten up in response to physical and emotional stress. Muscle relaxation releases the hormone called dopamine, which helps our bodies fight stress.
- Sleep – Feeling more relaxed can help you fall asleep and stay asleep for longer
- Decrease tension headaches – tension headaches can be caused by stress, poor posture, tiredness and inactivity, all of which can be helped by relaxing your muscles
- Cardiovascular Well-Being – relaxing your muscles helps with stress and inactivity, thus improving your cardiovascular health and decreasing the risk of disease
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