It's Friday . . . AGAIN! I can tell baseball season has begun in our home because with all three boys playing there isn't a night off and it's often like Hartsfield International planning the comings and goings for games and practices. So, I love a little down time this afternoon. I used it to use my new favorite "fitness toy". It's a Massage Ball and boy does it help get to the tight spots! It's especially good (PAINFUL!) in the hips, bottom and back. It reminds me a little of Medieval Weapons. See the resemblance?
I had a really tight spot on my left side between the hip and lower back. I just couldn't get it with the foam roller and a tennis ball didn't seem to help. So I brought in this big gun . . . I must confess it brought tears to my eyes, but it did the trick! I'm all good now!
That brings me to the Fit Tip. I have a couple of "go to" post-workout helpers that make the recovery just a little bit sweeter. So, I thought I'd share . . .
Here you can see a red foam roller. I've talked about using a foam roller before, but I just have to repeat myself because this really works. It usually winds up in our family room with any number of us rolling out our backs, hamstrings, quads or hips while watching TV. There is a blue heel wedge that is a great way to stretch the calves and heels. My youngest has had some heel pain lately so he's stretching and I'm prone to plantar fasciatis, so it's a must after running. The black thing is an ice bag. I think this gets the most use in our house! There always seems to be a sore pitching shoulder, tennis elbow, knee or twisted ankle that needs icing. I believe ice heals anything! And, last but not least, is the newest addition: the massage ball. So far I'm the only one that has braved this "hurt so good" device.
On days like today, it's a really good thing. On Fridays I teach back to back classes so wind up being a wee bit tight and sore. (I try to also squeeze in a little cardio so I usually need a little more than a normal stretch - so in come the "torture tools")
Today I was especially tired after my classes - I think I was just really hungry! So, I whipped up a really quick and tasty AND healthy combo of eggs and spinach.
Two Eggs cooked with a spray of Pam and 3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach sauteed with a drop of olive oil. 192 Calories! Yum!
All this actually does go to a FIT TIP . . . WORK your muscles, at times BABY your muscles and then FEED your muscles! You'll feel so much better inside and outside!
Have a Fabulous Friday! If you live near me, take care as it sounds as if storms are brewing.