When your active weekend leaves you sore, these mid-week remedies for the office will help you feel like yourself again.
Watch a dog or a cat; they're constantly stretching their legs. So, why don’t we? Maybe we can learn something from them. Stretch whenever you can--even when you're stuck at the office. There are plenty of simple stretches that you can do from anywhere.
If you're the kind of person who likes the idea of stretching but would never remember to actually do it, set a timer. When the timer goes off, work your body through a simple routine: roll your shoulders, lift your arms, look up to the ceiling and down the floor. Take some deep breaths. Take 2 minutes to move your body and shake up your bloodflow -- you'll feel the effects for the rest of the day.
Give those feet and legs some extra love. Whether you work out the achey muscles yourself, or go to a professional, a massage will help your muscles recover faster, and offer much-needed relief.
Rolling a tennis ball from heel to toe can really help. Don’t forget those arches!
Photo from The Dyrt Ranger Stephanie camping at Oxbow Regional Park, OR
Do you ever prop up your feet, so they’re elevated above the rest of your body? This can help decrease the swelling. Certain yoga poses that get your feet higher than your heart will help, too. Go easy on the salt to prevent additional swelling.
Sitting impedes your blood flow, and sitting at your desk isn't going to help your muscles recover. Compression socks like Lily Trotters are made of high-quality fabrics that apply all the right pressure to your legs and feet, helping to improve your circulation.
Standing for long periods presents other circulation problems for your feet and legs. If you have a job where you’re on your feet all day, you’ll love these socks, too.
Sometimes you really must use those ice packs, too. Consider taking a few work breaks to combat all that inflammation. If you can't ice at work, it'll feel great to break out the ice packs (or an ice bath) once you're back home.
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Ah, wintertime travel. There’s nothing more magical than waking up at the crack of dawn, piling on a mishmash of warm winter clothes, and getting stuck in traffic while you're already late for your flight.
Ok, maybe winter travel isn’t so magical after all. We can't do anything about the lines at security, but we can work on packing our bulky winter clothes more effectively.
Here are 7 simple ways to help you pack light, even with winter clothing.
Rachel Bell Kelley is one #unstoppable woman and soon-to-be Western States 100 finisher! Here Rachel shares some of her favorite exercises that help get her into fighting (well, racing) shape and stay free of injury throughout the year.
Like Rachel, you can work with a personal trainer or physical therapist (in Rachel's case, she relies on the experts at Balanced Movement) to create a periodized plan that's right for YOU!