It's ok to rest and recover

A wise man named Jim Loehr once said “We live in a world that celebrates work and activity and ignores renewal and recovery.” But what does this actually mean?

Essentially, we are constantly trying to be productive by rushing around and trying to fit a multitude of things into one day, including your daily work out. We all have a “no excuses” attitude when it comes to going to the gym, exercise and fitness and often don’t consider that rest is equally as important as training.

So, next time your muscles are feeling tight, your body is tired and fatigued, or you are recovering from a seasonal cold, listen to us at Glow For Life when we say it’s time to skip the gym. Actually.

But it’s not just about sitting on the couch, flicking through television either, a slow and relaxing workout session can be beneficial in these times and give your body time to recuperate and recover.

You might have once heard of Yin and Yang – the little black and white symbol with the dots? Symbolic of balance, this is the ideal way to look at life, health and fitness. Yang is the more energised and fast paced of the two symbols which everyone in society does well where Yin is focused on rest and recovery.

Just as important as a high intensity workout, add in one (or more) of the following “Yin” elements into your weekly routine in order to calm the mind and focus on your breathing:

  1. Yoga
  2. Meditation
  3. Qi Gong
  4. Tai Chi

For those new to the slow, calm and stretch filled work out, we have compiled four of our favourite yoga exercises here at Glow For Life which you can easily do in the comfort of your own home.

Before you start, try lighting some candles and playing some ambient music to centre your mind and breathing. Hold each pose for approx 30-45 seconds and repeat the cycle four times.

Downward dog

 

Warrior One

 

Triangle pose

 

Child pose

 

After you have completed these exercises, finish the cycle by performing a cervasana  - it might sound scary, but it’s as simple as lying down on the floor still, and focusing your breath and energy. This will help you to slow down your mind and de-stress.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to tune in with your body and listen to what it needs; whether it’s across diet, fitness or other lifestyle factors. Remember we only get one body in our lifetime so cherish it and treat it well.

 

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith is the Founder of Glow For Life, with personal experience acting as the driving force for her passion to make a positive difference to the health and wellness of others.

Danielle tipped the scales at 30kg overweight in her childhood years and was a constant target for bullying. After making the decision to lose weight, Danielle moved to the opposite end of the spectrum, battling anorexia and bulimia for several years. Due to these early issues in her childhood she suffered from health issues later on in life like IBS, an underactive thyroid, nutrient deficiencies which lead to fatigue where she has spent countless hours and dollars with doctors, naturopaths and numerous allied health professionals trying to identify what was wrong.

After a lengthy recovery process, Danielle was able to build a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image and made this a core priority in her life.

Unfortunately, a corporate career path with no passion or personal motivation caused Danielle’s priorities to slip, with health, fitness and attitude to life all taking a back seat.

The ‘Glow moment’ that Danielle had was a telephone call informing her that her mother was going to die. She was sick with jaundice, had a tracheotomy in her throat, was on a dialysis machine and her body was not receiving the nutrients required. The next day her father was admitted to hospital with renal failure.

Having experienced first-hand what can happen when you don’t prioritise health and wellness, Danielle knew it was her purpose to help educate and assist people to make positive changes in their lives to ensure that they are the ultimate version of themselves.

This was the catalyst for Danielle to quit her corporate career, study fulltime and begin her “Glow for Life” journey.

Since taking the plunge, Danielle has worked as a Personal Trainer at Soultrain in Woolloomooloo and as a Sport Massage therapist for the GWS Giants and worked with Julia Russell Massage therapy with such sports teams like The NSW Waratahs, South Sydney Rabbitohs, West Tigers and the NSW Cricket team.  She has just recently returned from spending time in New York training with some of the elite trainers at Equinox Greenwich in Manhattan and Celebrity Trainer from Muscle Manhattan, as well as training in Thailand at a Muay Thai training camp,  with current Muay Thai champion fighters.

Danielle is currently working with individuals, couples and families as well as in the corporate space, promoting health and wellness in the workplace and in general life.