Ah, pure bliss, yes?
Look. It’s not a secret that I love massages. I would rather get a massage than practically anything else out there. While my friends spend money on clothes and shoes and trinkets…I get massages. There was a time not too long ago when I was getting 90 minute massages…EVERY WEEK. No, that’s not a typo. That’s how much I love massages. My regular massage place had a special of buy 2, get 1 free. So, I felt like I was getting a good deal. I love deep sports massages, but I would always make sure my massage therapist spent at least 20 minutes just relaxing me.
I have maybe spent $300 on clothes in the 4+ years since I started my weight loss journey (and yes, 90% of my clothes fall off me, and believe me, I hear it from my friends). I buy massages, and that’s about it. But, finances got a little tight recently due to my frequent traveling and I reluctantly cut back my traveling. And now, I’m sad to say my last massage was…MAY 1st! GASP!
I’m happy to report in the 4+ years since I started my weight loss journey, and in the 115+ pounds that have been removed from my body, I’ve never had an injury. Like, ever. ***KNOCK ON WOOD*** I’m incredibly lucky. But, I honestly attribute my success in a few things that I’d like to share with you:
1) I make sure I’m sufficiently warmed up before I start exercising. I always cringe when I see people just go full speed into any exercise without sufficiently warming up the body. We’re not supposed to STRETCH cold muscles, so don’t stretch your muscles cold turkey before exercising…but a nice gradual warm up will help.
2) I am a BIG fan of stretching post workout…well, stretching in general. It’s not uncommon to find me stretching at work all day long. I even have an old broomstick that I keep next to my desk to accomplish this task. Most people at work are used to finding me squatting with a broomstick overhead by now when they walk by my office. The new people? Not so much. I like to surprise them. Keeps it interesting.
3) Yoga. I try to take as many yoga classes as I can, though I’ve been slacking in that department recently.
4) Glucosamine chondroitin. I have taken these “joint lubricants” for basically my entire 4+ year weight loss adventure. I don’t think they’re vegan though, if that’s an important issue for you.
5) Lots of strength training. I would say that I do roughly 65/35 (strength/cardio). I strength train a lot and I can’t help but think that I’m less injury prone because of my “strongs” (to steal a term coined by Jen Lancaster). I am always working and training my muscles and therefore I think they’re less likely to get injured. I thank Crossfit for that.
6) MASSAGES. Okay, yes, I know most people think they’re frivolous. But, you’re putting your body through enough punishment with all of your exercising that I feel you need to be kind to it every once in awhile. I’m not saying go full speed and get a 90 minute massage every week like I used to do…but maybe once a month? Every other month? You will see a difference. Massages decrease anxiety, reduce stress, and really can help your sore muscles. I also read somewhere that if you’re single, get massages to satisfy your body’s touch needs. Perhaps that’s why I get so many massages?
7) FOAM ROLLERS.
I purchased my first foam roller not too long ago from GoFit to compensate for in-person massages and I love it so. I got the one below and it came with a nice little instructional how to video.
All of my gyms (yes, I have three different ones: Crossfit, globo gym, and yoga center) have these foam rollers available, but I rarely see people use them and I don’t know why.
With just a cursory search of youtube I stumbled upon this nice little how to video:
So, give foam rolling a go. For less than $25 you can have your very own permanent massage therapist! Such a steal! And your body will love you for it!
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