Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Keeping Tip Top for Fitness!

It's no secret that I can be a bit of a gym bunny and I'm one of these who are all or nothing, there's no happy medium and I'm very much go hard or go home. That's all fine and dandy as long as you're recuperating enough between sessions and not overdoing it to the point that you physically damage yourself... I know all too well how painful it can be if you're really in the zone to work out and get fit and you ruin it all by pushing yourself too far and not warming down properly. Shin splits, pulled muscles and sprained ankles are all too familiar to me so now I make sure that I cool off and take care of my muscles in between workouts. One way to do that is to recognise as soon as your muscles are feeling a different kind of sore to the usual post-gym ache and act on it, I was really kindly sent these Nurofen Express Heat Patches* and let me tell you, they are a godsend. 
I worked my shoulders slightly too hard in a recent pump workout and even three days on I felt tense and sore so I popped one of these on and instantly I could feel it getting to work and easing my pain. They'd also be fab for that time of the month on an aching back or tummy! Too many people simply ignore their aches and paints and put it down to having a good work out so to me, it's imperative to notice the different between a muscle that's not been used in a while and a muscle that's been over used. These heat patches just give any joints and aches that little bit of extra TLC, especially to the harder to reach spots like that niggly part in your shoulder that I managed to pull!
A lot hot both is another fab way to get some R&R after a hard workout but if I'm honest my favourite thing to do is go for a walk, it keeps me motivated and allows me to cool down both physically and internally without locking up and not being able to get out of bed the next day! Of course I'm like any gym bunny and I love the next day ache but I feel like now I'm so much more in tune with my body and what feels normal and good as opposed to what needs a bit more help before I hit the gym again. Taking shortcuts is never good long term when it comes to fitness and a healthy and sustainable routine is what really makes things work and stay in place for a long time, so keep your body in tip top condition and you can't go far wrong! Feel a twinge that isn't quite right? Act on it fast and go easy on that area until it's 100% better, you'll only make things worse for yourself in the long run if you don't!

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