Massage therapists take care of people all day long. When it comes to health, they know what works and what doesn't. So how do they take care of their own physical health? Here are some tips on methods massage therapists use in their daily lives to stay happy and healthy.
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How To Stay Fit Like A Massage Therapist
- Get a move on
Any movement is better than none. Massage therapists know that sitting stiffly in an office chair all day can take a toll on your body. Make sure to get up and take regular stretch breaks to get your blood pumping, and to stretch your muscles. This is also particularly important in helping you avoid lower back pain.
- Take a walk
Going to the gym after a long day of work can be a daunting task, especially when you already feel physically tired. If you can't make it to the gym for some reason, try instead simply taking a walk around your neighborhood. Even if it's not scheduled exercise, getting out and stretching your legs instead of sitting on your couch after work will help strengthen your joints and get your blood circulating. And a little fresh air never hurt!
- Try yoga
This ancient practice is a great way to stretch your muscles, relax, and improve your balance. Try taking a class with a friend, and form a habit of practicing poses whenever your body feels tense or stressed. One great thing about yoga is that you can do it anywhere there's a floor: no trip to a gym necessary!
- Take classes
Going to the gym whenever you have time or feel like it is convenient, but taking an exercise class also has benefits: It will keep you motivated and on your toes, because you have to pay attention to directions and stay focused. When working out in a class setting, you are less likely to be listening to music in your headphones. That means you are able to better listen to your body. And listening to your body during exercise is key to preventing injury, something that could cause a lot of pain in the long run.
It's common sense that staying fit is key to your physical health. But it's also crucial to your mental health. Having a healthy, well-tuned body brightens your outlook. That makes it easier to face challenges and stress, and just makes you feel better in all ways. This combined mental and physical benefit makes keeping your body fit all the more compelling.
Of course, physical exercise and movement are just one aspect of keeping your body in shape. You'll get even more benefits from them if combined with regular massages. Massages help enhance exercise in two ways. First, they remove tension and stress from your muscles, so you're less likely to hurt yourself during physical exertion. Second, they help relieve any temporary aches or pains that result from that exertion. In short, the benefits of massage and of health-promoting exercise reinforce each other. Therapeutic massage is also very beneficial. Regular massages should be a part of your health and fitness routine, so sign up for an appointment at Modoma today!