The worst thing about working out: it actually does help stress; it does make you stronger; it does give you a sense of wellbeing… and for every week you miss, it seems to take months to get back to where you were.
I hate it! Except that it truly does do everything advertised. Why couldn’t chocolate do the same…without sending me into sugar overload?
So, as much as I hate to admit it, working out over the last few years has been a blessing. I still have a long way to go to get as healthy as I want to be, but I keep pushing at it. One of the best ways for me to keep at it is a little bit of accountability. There are a lot of ways to improve accountability: a work-out buddy is one of the best. For me, I have to leave work and go directly to the gym. Once I’m home…it’s over. I have no discipline. But, if I go to the gym first, I have a 95% chance of working out that day. (Okay, so a time or two I’ve gotten to the parking lot, sat there contemplating going inside and then left…shh… don’t tell Ingrid!) Ingrid is my amazing trainer who I see twice per week (I go on my own at least 1-3 days per week).
Ingrid Wentzel is amazing! She pushes me and supports me and makes me do things I never thought I could do. Last week she introduced me to an absolutely amazing feel-good stretch. Using a tennis ball to massage my feet. She even has a blog about it, Feet First.
Check out the video below. It feels great, and while we spend a lot of time stretching calves, thighs and hamstrings, we don’t usually pay attention to feet. And as you know, if your feet hurt…everything hurts!
Do you have a favorite stretch? I’d love to hear about it!