Relaxation: Your body needs it

Relaxation is when your body is free from tension and anxiety. I have to admit that this is something I have been working on to improve.

Over the last 3 years after I started hitting the gym, I noticed that my back pain improved drastically. I did a little research on specific exercises that would help me from having anymore pain. I was never told that exercising could help with body aches, I did consult a doctor before beginning (I recommend you do the same). But the research I began to do was just online…. on Pinterest.

After a year I finally got my routine down. I am not one who wants to get supper toned or lose so weight. BUT I do have my favorite weight which is at 114 lbs. I don’t like the idea to have a leg day- chest day – back day- etc. I prefer to have a whole body workout everyday. I know you have to let your body rest, and I do take supplements for that. I also have Sundays and sometimes Saturday off. So, this is what a typical day at the gym or even at home workout looks for me (I sometimes use 10 pound weights with squats or setups):

  • Stretch for 5 minutes
  • I begin with a HIIT workout 30-40 minutes:
  • 8 workouts, 25 each
    • Jumping jacks
    • Squats
    • Push-ups, Mountain Climbers (switch at each round)
    • Sit-ups, Crunches (switch at each round)
    • Jumping Lunges
    • High Knees
    • Donkey Kicks, Fire hydrants (switch at each round)
    • Superman plank
  • 30 second rest in-between
  • Repeat 3 times
  • After my HIIT workout is complete
  • Stretch for 1-2 minutes
  • Cardio for 20-30 minutes (one each day):
    • Running
    • Stair master
    • Elliptical
    • Strider
    • Exercise bicycle

It seems like a lot but it goes by super fast and the whole time your body is moving.

After I began working out and finding what worked best for me, I was able to feel not only energized but my back pain disappeared! If I don’t workout for two or more days, I continue with that aching pain. And, I am not fan of taking medication, I would rather drink tea or try home remedies for the pain.

Another thing that Roland and I started to do is get a deep tissue massage. Also, during those nice Seattle days, we go to the park as often as we can to walk and get some fresh air (clear our minds). We both have desk jobs at the time and don’t walk much at work. No, bueno….

One other thing I do, to relax is clean. My mom told me when I was younger, that if I didn’t have anything to do, I could always clean or organize something. So, normally on the weekend when I wake up at 7am (I try not to sleep in on weekends anymore) I organize the kitchen, organize the bathroom, clean out my closet and reorganize it.

These are things that I learned work great for me, I don’t encourage you to do the exact same. If you want to try it out and see if my workout routine or cleaning sessions help you relax and reduce anxiety, go for it. I’m happy to help with whatever I can. If YOU have anything special you do to relax please let me know! Id love to hear.

Thank you for reading, I hope you come back soon for more.