3 awesome activities for post training recovery!

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The key to good health and fitness lies in not a hard and fast approach all the time. Often it requires a slower approach. I often find it harder to slow clients down then I do to speed them up. Whether it be physical, lifestyle or emotional stress, I find exercise is the best medicine when it comes to recovery. Here are my three favourite go to exercises to speed up the recovery process.

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1.    Foam rolling

A poor man’s massage, foam rolling is great at releasing muscle adhesions. I use it for thoracic extensions and lunge reaches. I start from the ground up: calves, hamstrings upper traps. It is a great opportunity to employ six-four-10 breathing too. Which means for six seconds, hold for four seconds and out for 10 seconds. Five minutes is all you need to feel fresh, loose and ready to take on the world.

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2.    Swimming

Water therapy has been used throughout the ages to help ease mental and physical weakness. The most effective means of water therapy is contrast; switching between exposure to hot and cold water. This helps to redirect blood flow, slow your heart rate, drain the lymphatic system and increase the release of feel good hormones.

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3.    Long walks along the beach at sunrise or sunset

Studies have shown individuals who train outdoors (compared to those who train indoors) report greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positivity. Not to mention the many health benefits associated with walking itself.

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Greg has made it his fight to bring professionalism back to exercise. With a university degree in Human Movement and working with elite level athletes, Greg’s knowledge and experience is leading the way. Greg is the founder of Better Being, Australia’s only team of university qualified personal trainers delivering health solutions that suit your busy corporate life. Today, Greg continues to support the health and wellbeing of corporate executives and celebrities. He also educates trainers and regularly contributes to national publications and TV shows including Men’s Health, Sky Business and The Morning Show. Greg was awarded the 2011 Australian Exercise Professional of the Year finalist and is a proud ambassador for lululemon athletica. He has also established a charity, Active Kids, which aims to overcome childhood obesity and physical inactivity in Australia. Greg’s passion is to create ways to inspire, educate and motivate people to build a happy and healthy life.