Life Hack: Exercises to Help Relax You
These last few weeks I’ve rediscovered the importance of relaxation for your health, well-being and beauty (it’s extremely important for your skin and hair). I think the fact that I was in Hawaii was the catalyst because even though I was there for work, a bit of rest and relaxation is embedded into Hawaiian culture and you can’t help but partake (when in Rome, as the saying goes). I noticed that throughout my time there I was feeling better than ever- more energized, happier, more productive- and I realized that it was 100% necessary to incorporate a little more “me” time into my daily routine. The reality is that I (as I’m sure many of you) am a busy person, so finding that time between work, travel, fitness, and social obligations is a challenge. That’s why it’s vital to get creative, rather than reasoning that I don’t have time began combining two in one: exercise and relaxation. Each week I make the conscious decision to have at least one of my workouts provide me with relaxation benefits as well. Below are my favorite ways to break a sweat, de-stress and relax:
Yoga: It should come as a surprise to no-one that yoga is number one on this list. There is nothing more calming for me than going to Hot 8 or Corepower Yoga for a serious sweat session. The benefits of yoga are innumerable- stronger immune system, more focus, clarity, healing for physical and psychological distress- it’s an activity unlike any other. I am a fan of hot yoga (yoga done in a heated room), but there are various methods to choose from- Bikram, hatha, vinyasa flow, and the list goes on.
Hiking: I am lucky to live in LA because we have so many amazing hiking trails. My favorite are the ones in Malibu, in particular Los Leones, they are challenging but the reward of that ocean view at the top of the world is priceless. Hiking is a great workout because you are dealing with unpredictable terrain and inclines that demand the use of your full body. I joke with my friend that there is no other activity that will make your booty look quite as good as hiking. I also find that being in nature and breathing the fresh air brings a deep sense of calm to my soul. I generally feel invigorated and extremely present after my hikes which I primarily reserve for Saturday mornings.
Infrared Body Wraps: Okay so technically you are just lying down, but these wraps truly do belong on this list because of their benefits. These wraps make you sweat out toxins and mega calories as well as relaxing your overly trained muscles. They also alleviate chronic pain and are fantastic for the person who rarely takes a day off from the gym.
Do you have any particular exercise routine that helps you relax? Let me know in the comments below.
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