Role-of-Exercise-in-Self-Care-Burn-CollectiveExercise has the potential to be a key player in your self-care routine. However, it could also end up doing more harm than good.

When exercise stops contributing to a healthy lifestyle, it’s no longer considered self-care. The negative side effects impact both your physical and mental well-being. Common signs of trouble are tiredness, decreased motivation, injury, boredom, and burnout.

However, when exercise is part of a well-rounded wellness plan, then you’re able to reap all the benefits. Here are seven ways to make sure that exercise plays a healthy role in your self-care routine:

1. Warm-Up and Cool Down

Start every workout with a warm-up and don’t skip the cool down. Warming-up gets your body for exercise and prepares you mentally, as well. Taking time for a pre and post workout routine can also help to prevent injury.

2. Unplug During Your Workouts

Give yourself time away from email, notifications, and social media. If you can keep your phone in your gym bag or leave it in the car. Leaving it behind will help you be less distracted during your workout and focus more on what you’re doing in the moment.

3. Eat Quality, Nutritious Foods

How do you fuel up for your day? Choose nutritious foods that will fuel both your body and mind. Stick to real foods, like fruits and veggies, lean sources of protein, and good sources of fat.

4. Stay Hydrated

Make sure that you’re drinking enough throughout the day. Pay attention to how well hydrated you are before, during, and after your workouts. It’s hard to play catch-up when you fall behind, so try to stay on top of getting plenty of fluids.

5. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep has a powerful impact on so many aspects of our daily lives, including our workouts. When you prioritize your sleep, you’re giving your body quality time to rebuild and prepare for the next day.

6. Track Your Workouts

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge the effect your workouts have on your lifestyle. One way to get a better idea of what’s going is to keep a workout log. Keep track of the days you workout, how long your workout lasted, and the level of intensity. It’s also helpful to add notes about how you felt before and after so that you can look for trends or patterns.

7. Take Rest Days

Rest days are just as important as the workouts themselves. Your body needs the opportunity to recover. You won’t lose what you’ve gained by taking a day off. Instead, you’ll be able to continue making progress and build a sustainable workout habit.

Burn Collective in Huntsville wants to help you create a sustainable and enjoyable fitness lifestyle. To learn more about our programs and how to get started, contact us today. Come for the sweat, stay for the community!