Recovering from a Long Weekend

Volunteer at Dine&Dash 5K

Volunteer at Dine&Dash 5K

Now that the 4th of July weekend is officially over, there are some things that we all need recover from. The heat, travel, dare I say family and food comas.  For my fitness freaks out there, it might be from an interesting workout like hiking, swimming or participating in a 4th of July 5K or 10K event. No matter what you did, It is time to RECOVER!

AQUA:   My first suggestion is drinking a lot water.  It will provide oxygen for your muscles, remove those weekend toxins from your body (you know what I am talking about) and improve organ function, especially if you get that first glass in as soon as you wake up in the morning. It's a great way to flush your body and stay cool in all this heat.

DOWNWARD DOGG'N IT:  Next, if your muscles are sore from a lot of physical activity this past weekend...instead of strength training or even cardio today, I would suggest 20-30 minutes of static stretching, a pilates or yoga class some time today.  That will help realignment, soreness and help you get ready for your regular workout Tuesday (yes, I said Tuesday...not Wednesday).

ONE CHICKEN BONE at a TIME:  Last, I know that some of you still have some incredible left-overs from this past weekend's BBQ and you are not ready to part with all that "yummy goodness" and I don't think you have to.  I suggest eating less of the 4th of July celebration food and add more fruit and vegetables with it.  That way you don't waste it and you can slowly move away from it for the next couple of days.

I have to say, I enjoyed most of my weekend.  I am still sore from Friday's 10K run and I wasn't that pleasant to be around on Saturday but my family got me through it with bad jokes and sneaky yet funny pictures that my husband insisted on taking while everyone was a sleep.  Have fun recovering and STAY COMMITTED to BEING FIT! 

Water Slides

Water Slides

Scripps 10K Run

Scripps 10K Run

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Palm Springs

Water Park

Water Park

Nicol A Hodges

Nicol A. Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.