It’s true, exercising (dancing!!) does produce endorphins, but it also produces muscle soreness. So while you’re riding that dance-high tonight, tomorrow you may be regretting your decision to do just one more leap. It’s challenging to find the line between pushing yourself to grow stronger and pushing yourself over the edge.
If you don’t have a personal masseuse, then here are a few tips to help you recover from a dance-a-thon.
Remember, ICE is nice!
Whoa, this isn’t nice 😦
Try this instead:
I recently got a cherry pit ice pack and I love it! The cotton cover is really soft, much better than those plasticky ice packs. They are filled with cherry pits and hypothetically you could make it a DIY project. The cherry pit bags are also heavier than regular ice packs. The combination of the weight and the texture of the cherry pits makes it almost feel like you’re getting a massage. And since they’re not made of a chemical solution you don’t have to worry about it melting on you. So snuggle up with that bad boy and enjoy!
This is literally a prescription to put your feet up and relax! Go ahead you know you earned it!
Any kind of intense workout will deplete some vital nutrients. Potassium, sodium, and calcium are often needed to help your muscles to recover.
A banana split with a side of chocolate salted caramels will definitely do the trick.
Or I suppose if you prefer a healthier snack you could go with a banana and some homemade chicken soup.
Are you feeling thirsty? I bet you are! I don’t know about you, but I always under-estimate the amount of water I am drinking. Plain (i.e. free) water is really the best. Don’t buy Gatorade, Vitamin Water, or anything else. If you do that you are basically putting sugar and chemicals into your body. Instead, just go with plain water. Did you know cold water helps burn calories and jump-start your metabolism? Even more importantly, water aids with circulation. The better your circulation the faster your muscles will heal from a workout and the better you will feel.
There are lots of fun tricks to help you remember to drink more water. This one looks especially helpful (I haven’t tried it YET, but I plan on it).
Does that water bottle have sparkles? Oh my, yes please!
Your body may be feeling sore, but that shouldn’t stop you from moving. I realize that mere moments ago I said you earned a rest, and you totally did! But, after that rest is over get back to moving! Fluid, gentle stretching is a great way to release tension in your muscles.
Happy dancing, resting, icing, and stretching!