Move-Meant: the importance of recovery and meaningful movement

Happy Monday Morning!!!!!!

In my neck of the woods, we woke up to much cooler temperatures….which meant a much stiffer hip during rehab this morning :) But it was completed none the less.

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Anyways…..

Today marks the first post in a short series about recovery. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do NOT get recovery right every single time…but I DO know the importance of recovery and how many body systems are involved in true recovery. So, let’s dive right in.

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Let’s get the layout and ground rules for recovery set up first:

  1. RECOVERY refers to recovering from a certain aspect of your lifestyle, preferably an active one. In other words, if you’re still on the couch about working out, skip to a different post :)
  2. You can utilize many things in RECOVERY, including foam rollers, bands, balls, yoga (the right kind) and even diet (oh yes!).
  3. RECOVERY involves more than just lazing about….I know, I am as shocked as you on this one. Most of my “recovery days” have always involved Netlfix binges…who knew????

The act of recovery is utilizing meaningful movement to de-stress and decompress the joints and soft tissue of the body. That’s a pretty broad explanation of true recovery. I like to take it a step further and implement mindful movement AND anti-inflammatory diet practices to rid the body, mind, and gut of the excess stress that can keep us feeling tight and pent up in our own bodies. Today, I’ll be listing some great forms of recovery, giving a comprehensive recovery schedule, and making sure you leave with some good resources.

TYPES OF RECOVERY:

  • Foam Rolling. When done correctly, foam rolling helps to manipulate soft tissue (aka, muscles and fascia) and alleviate pain, plus it’s cheaper than a massage. If you’re new to the roll, I suggest purchasing a soft roller and working your way up to the big boys. Here are videos for foam rolling the Upper Body, Lower Body, and an all over foam roll for active individuals. Consider foam rolling before and after activities OR in the evening when you are watching your favorite show.
  • Stretching. Stretching can help to elongate the soft tissues, tendons and ligaments surrounding the joints. The key is to not overstretch. So, pay attention to your body and go for a stretch in the belly of the muscle. I have an easy full body stretch here.
  • Yoga. Yoga is more than stretching and is requires ZERO flexibility to get started. Yoga puts your joint through their full range of motion and helps the skeletal system to realign for more efficient movement. If you have NEVER done yoga, I recommend seeking a qualified teacher/class to get you started. If you have a little knowledge, Morgan Day Cecil is my fave yoga girl of the moment.
  • Massage Therapy. Manual manipulation of soft tissues helps to decrease tension AND helps to force stress induced toxin build up out of the body. In order to keep massage more budget friendly, I suggest seeking a massage school close to you. New therapist need  hours and are often very attentive to your needs.
  • Ice baths and Epsom salt baths. Both of these help ease soreness. If joints or inflammation are your main concern, go for an ice bath (exactly what it sounds like). If soreness is your gig, a 20 minute soak in some warm (not too hot) water with about 1/4 cup Epsom salts should do the trick.
  • Diet. If you suffer from chronic soreness or inflammation, I would suggest checking your diet. If you’re unfamiliar with this process, feel free to contact me in the form below and get started with a diet profile review. Often times, many issues in the soft tissue and joints can be a reflection of what if going on in the gut (more on this in week 3).
  • Active Rest. respect active rest days by scheduling out actual active rest. You can take a walk, go for a light swim, enjoy some time at the beach, attend a yoga class, etc. Even if you’re sore, move with a mindfulness and the soreness will dissipate over time. The human body CRAVES motion.

I know it can be a lot to soak in, but recovery can be the missing link to fast tracking your results ;)

Weekly Recovery Schedules:

  1. Foam roll 1-2x per day, around workout.
  2. Stretch post workout for 5- 10 minutes, more in the evening if you are sore.
  3. Schedule a massage once a month.
  4. Use Epsom salt and ice baths as needed.
  5. Implement an anti-inflammatory diet for at least 3 weeks.
  6. Schedule at least 1 active rest day into each week.

Happy Recovery Trails!!!! And keep me posted on how you do these next 3 weeks.

Transformation Thursday: Jessica Clemmons Story

Hello all!
I have had the GREAT pleasure of knowing Jessica Clemmons for a decade now. She was introduced to me when I first began my story in fitness and even knew me when I was a massage therapist!
She has struggled not only with weight, but with the feeling of being all alone in the fight. I am the lucky nutritionist who got her started on my program almost a year ago. Here is her story:

My journey:
At the age of 9 my mother put me on my first diet. Seeing the way kids were treating me and that I had terrible self esteem for a 9 year old, she knew this was the best way to help. From that point on I had been on a steady stream of fad diets as well as weight watchers and everything else to try and overcome this battle. In my late teens, early 20s I was the largest I had ever been. I was in a US size 22 (UK 24) and felt like a prisoner in my own body. That’s a feeling I had become very familiar with. Even as a child I always felt like I was in the wrong body, I wasn’t supposed to be overweight but no matter how hard I tried, genetics were always going to be against me. At times I gave up and continued to get bigger. At the age of 19 I started working out with a personal trainer and trying to make better choices but the smallest I could ever get was a size 18 (UK 20). Years later I felt it was time for drastic measures, I did the only thing I thought I could do and got a gastric band, also known as a Lapband. This was the start of a new journey for me that eventually ended in another painful surgery and heartache. I struggled for 3 years to still lose the weight. The band forced me to never eat and when I could eat it wasn’t remotely healthy. I struggled to keep any food down. I ended up getting to a US size 14/16 (UK 16/18) but only out of forced starvation due to the Lapband. In 2009 I had it removed and the struggle began again. I finally learned that I had Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormone disorder that hinders weight loss.

When things started to change:
Through the diets, surgeries and medical discoveries I continued my 5 day a week workout routine as well beginning a new journey with my nutritionist, Michelle Carlson. One of the biggest changes in my life is how I view food. Since working with Michelle I’ve learned that I’ve spent my entire life putting far to much pressure and stress on myself when it came to eating. I became terrified to eat and if I ate something “bad” I beat myself up about it for days. I learned the effects that was having on my body. I now no longer stress out about food. I know what’s good for me and I work every day to make healthy choices. Do I always do it? Nope, but I move on and make a healthier choice for my next meal. I’ve had so many different nutritionists who just gave me a meal plan and told me to eat it. There wasn’t education behind it and usually it was a one size fits all approach. Michelle knows that we are all individuals so what worked for some of her clients may not work for me. She takes the time to get to know you and learn what your body needs to become healthy in the most effective way. It’s not all about counting calories. There is a science behind it. Weight loss is 90% mental if you ask me. If you can get educated on the reasons why we do things or should do things, the success rate will increase. That is why I’m so thankful that Michelle is a part of my journey. She is unlike anyone I’ve ever worked with. There is an honesty and sincerity to the way Michelle works and I believe it’s because she’s one of the few who have actually walked in my shoes. Now at a size 12 I know I still have a long way to go but in conjunction with my workout routine and supplements, I’ll be able to reach my goal thanks to the tools and knowledge that Michelle has provided me with!

The first photo (red shirt) was when I started Boot Camp with Michelle in January 2013. Second photo is when I started nutrition counseling I believe in April 2013. Both “after” photos are current.

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Isn’t she GORGEOUS! And she has a Texas sized heart too.

I am beyond honored to be helping Jess through her story. I truly LOVE what I am able to see everyday :)

Think her story can never happen to you? Think again! I have helped others overcome emotional eating, ditch diets for good and attain results that really last. Find out more HERE.

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