by Kimberly Game

Sitting in front of a screen all day might appear effortless, but that’s far from the truth! It’s actually quite a draining routine. Despite how tiring it can be, winding down after work is surprisingly difficult for many people. While lots of those caught in the daily grind end up relaxing with a drink every night, not everyone wants to do this.

The Downsides of Alcohol

More and more people are choosing to cut alcohol out of their lives, and we are here for it! Alcohol can wear you down in other ways, and actually contribute to a worse quality of sleep. There are absolutely other ways to decompress. In this article, we’ll dive into a few of the best scientifically proven and non-alcoholic ways of how to unwind after work each day.

Why Is It So Hard to Unwind after Work?

Staring at a screen all day actually puts your brain into overdrive, making it more difficult to relax. The disturbance comes from the blue light. Such light can trick the brain into thinking it’s daytime, which will inevitably get in the way of that designated rest period you need and deserve! This helps to explain why people looking at computers all day find it harder to unwind after work. So, what can we do differently to wind down? That is, apart from pouring an after-work glass of wine — or three… Well, there are other options out there.

Meditation

We know, we know — it sounds like work. The truth is, though, meditation can actually make you feel more rested than sleep itself. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, meditation helps with sleep issues such as insomnia, which is common with people struggling to wind down after work. It’s a great way to promote a calmer mind before bed. It might even prove helpful with simply putting things into perspective after a long and hectic day. That means that you’ll spend less time ruminating over things that have already come and gone.

Journaling

The University of Rochester’s medical center has confirmed this one! Journaling is another great way to process your day in one quick session. Writing down your thoughts in itself can help you process what you’ve experienced, and move on. Similarly to meditation, this can help to keep you from dwelling on what you’d do differently and how certain things made you feel. Once you’ve written it down, you’ll likely feel a sense of peace. That means more time to enjoy your free time!

Cannabinoids 

If you’re wondering how to unwind after work without alcohol, this option might be perfect for you. Cannabinoids, like CBG and CBD, is another excellent way to find a sense of ease and tranquility. Many studies show that cannabinoids can help people achieve a greater sense of calm. Specifically, KOR Medical’s KOR Calm spray is formulated with full-spectrum CBD, GABA and L-theanine to promote ease among your body and mind. Not sure where to start? Speak or chat with a cannabis-trained nurse to answer your questions on how best to utilize cannabinoids to wind down after a hectic day!

Summing It Up

As the day comes to a close, it can be tough peeling yourself away from your desk. Alcohol is a tempting option many people choose to indulge in, but it isn’t a great solution for everyone. Perhaps you’re turning over a new leaf, or maybe you’ve never enjoyed drinking in the first place. Either way, we believe that when you’re ready to turn your brain off, you should be able to without a problem. Now all that’s left is to start exploring the different options out there that can help you decompress — alcohol free!

Kimberly Game is a freelance writer from Atlanta, GA. She has always had a love for writing, and started a freelance writing company in 2016 after graduating with a B.B.A. from Kennesaw State University.

Having focused her studies in Marketing, she enjoys using wordly art to help businesses attract leads and ultimately influence those leads to take action. She is also an internationally certified yoga instructor and teaches in her spare time.

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by Kimberly Game

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The internet has brought about a lot of great things, but neck pain certainly isn’t one of them. In fact, stretches for neck pain have become a necessity in the average person’s daily routine. Why is that? Mainly, it’s because so many people these days work from a computer, either at home or at an office. They have their heads in a fixed position while staring at the screen all day, causing stiffness and pain in their neck muscles.

The Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Before digital workers know it, they’ve been trapped into the patterns of a sedentary lifestyle. They end up sitting more than they get to move around, and bodily pains inevitably follow. Then, after work, the social media binge begins! That invites more of the same symptoms. It can become a vicious cycle if you aren’t aware of it. Therefore, it’s easy to see why stretches for neck pain have become so important in modern life.

How To Offset These Effects

How can we all make sure we stay out of the cycle of neck muscle pain and stiffness? Well, a stretch a day keeps the chiropractor away. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a little extra movement throughout the day is beneficial for your mental well-being, too. For extra comfort, you can also try topical cannabinoid creams like KOR Relief cream. This plant-powered relief method is great for helping to ease stiff joints and muscles. In any case, check out four neck stretches we’ve chosen below for that comforting, all-around tension release (that you can easily perform during your busy day).

Neck Rolls

This stretch is underrated, and effective! Neck rolls do wonders for releasing tension that gets built up in the back of your neck throughout the day. A neck roll consists of simply relaxing the head forward with your chin reaching toward your chest and slowly rolling your head around until your cheekbone aligns just above the top of your shoulder. Hold it for a few seconds.

Next, gently reverse the rotation until your other cheekbone is aligned above its respective shoulder. This releases the most stress when working with your breath, so try inhaling through the nose as you come up to each shoulder. Then exhale as you drop your head downward again. Keep moving with your breath like this and do three repetitions for each side, or as needed.

Hand-to-Ear Stretch

This stretch feels great for the sides of your neck, which can get quite rigid in that tense position you hold in front of the screen all day. To start, take a deep inhale, and on your exhale, lower your right ear toward your right shoulder, hovering over it.

Then reach your right hand over your head to rest on your left ear. This will give the left side of your neck muscles a little more tension release. On your next inhale, gently lift and return your right hand back to your side. Bring your head back to center and repeat with the left side, this time reaching your left hand to rest on your right ear as you exhale. Inhaling, come back to center position. Repeat this three times on each side, or as much as feels good.

Seated Heart-Opener

This pose is great for counteracting the infamous slouch, according to Healthline. It can be difficult to avoid that habitual bad posture while working — or even while scrolling through your feeds in your free time — but this stretch is the perfect remedy. Start out by opening your chest and reaching behind your back. Grab opposite elbows with your hands and hold your arms in this box-like shape. Relax your shoulders.

Now look up. Slowly nod down and up again, then side to side by reaching your ear toward your shoulder on each side. Make sure to do this gently and only move as it feels right with your body. Repeat each movement four times.

Forward Fold

This stretch requires getting up from your seated position for a minute or two. Let’s be honest — this is probably much-needed when you’ve been stuck in one spot all day! Give your knees a slight bend (in other words, don’t lock them). Fold forward as far as feels good for you, bringing your forehead toward your knees. You can rest your torso on your thighs if it’s more comfortable. You’ll want to bend your knees more to do this.

Next, interlace your fingers and place them behind your neck. Simply start swaying your upper body from side to side, almost like a clock pendulum. Your interlaced fingers are there to add weight to your neck, helping it to relax fully. Make sure to not tense your neck during this stretch. Instead, let it be dead weight. Repeat this movement five to seven times and come up slowly and gently when you’re finished.

Bonus Solutions That Work While You Work

To tackle neck pain from two different angles, try out other personalized solutions you can find from KOR Medical. These cannabinoid therapeutics are great for all the hours when you aren’t stretching. It’s a method that can essentially work while you do. These solutions are ideal for all those hours when you’re busy focusing on the task at hand.

Neck tension is hard to avoid when you work in front of a computer all day. The good news is that stretches for neck pain can make a positive difference in countering those effects. In fact, research shows that relaxation exercises like stretching can minimize the effects of stress on the body, lessening the overall impact that it can have on your health. When it comes down to it, our health is what’s most important.

Knowledge Is Power

Now you can go forth confidently and manage the effects of working from a computer naturally. Choose your favorite stretches for neck pain. Do a little experimenting and see what works best for you. Finally, take on tomorrow armed with the knowledge and solutions to ease your daily discomforts and tension.

Kimberly Game is a freelance writer from Atlanta, GA. She has always had a love for writing, and started a freelance writing company in 2016 after graduating with a B.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. Having focused her studies in marketing, she enjoys using wordly art to help businesses attract leads and ultimately influence those leads to take action. She is also an internationally certified yoga instructor, and teaches in her spare time.

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by Deb Powers

If living a healthier lifestyle is high on your to-do list, but the idea of changing your whole life seems overwhelming and impossible, the first thing you should know is that no one changes their whole life overnight. In fact, the healthiest changes happen one step at a time. Here’s how to start living a healthy lifestyle, step by easy step. 

Setting Goals and Priorities

The first step to living a healthier life is setting some goals and priorities for the changes you want to make. By imagining the life you want and contrasting it with the life you’re living now, you can start to outline the steps you need to take to get to the life you envision. 

What’s Your Why?

One of the big questions asked of people in the nonprofit world is “what’s your why?” In other words, why is this important to you? Every person has a different set of reasons for wanting to improve their health, and those reasons help inform which steps they need to take to start living a healthier lifestyle. What makes you want to change your life? Some common reasons for wanting to adopt healthier habits include the following:

Eight Simple Habits to Adopt for a Healthier Life

No matter your reasons for wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, the good news is that you can do it. The even better news is that every healthy new habit you build into your life helps form a foundation that will make additional changes easier. Every baby step you take helps you build tools that will take you further into your journey to a better life. These eight little changes will help you form new habits that build on each other to create a healthier lifestyle, one healthy change at a time.

  1. Drink more water. While scientists don’t agree on exactly how much water each of us should be drinking — though four to six cups daily is a good general rule for healthy adults — they do know that most adults don’t drink enough of it. One of the easiest — and most important — steps you can take toward better health is to drink more water. Water plays a role in many vital bodily processes, including the following:

Start by doing the following: Buy a water bottle and set your watch to remind you to drink every two hours.

  1. Establish a healthy bedtime. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 3 American adults isn’t getting enough sleep on a regular basis. The CDC recommends at least 7 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period for optimal health. Sleeping fewer than 7 hours a day is associated with an increased risk of the following conditions:

Start by doing the following: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night for a week. Gradually increase until you get to 7 hours of sleep a night.

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day. In one study,  researchers found that people who ate breakfast before a workout burned more energy during and after the workout than those who ate nothing. Eating breakfast is also associated with reduced risk of many chronic conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Experts recommend a breakfast that includes healthy food choices, such as whole grain cereal, fruit, yogurt, eggs and nuts.

Start by doing the following: Stock up on easy breakfast items, like high-protein yogurt. Or prep your breakfast the night before with an easy overnight oats recipe.

  1. Increase your physical activity. Being physically active boosts your energy, improves your mood, helps you lose weight, and reduces stress levels — and that’s just a start. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise also combats heart disease, high cholesterol, arthritis, anxiety and high blood pressure, while promoting better sleep and even helping your sex life. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week — that’s 30 minutes 5 times a week — you don’t have to jump into it all at once. There are lots of ways to add more physical activity into your life, and a lot of them are fun.

Start by doing the following: Take a walk around the block after dinner, or sign up for an online easy exercise class.

  1. Practice mindfulness. A mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, help lower blood pressure and improve sleep, and help with pain management. There are many different mindfulness practices, as well as apps and programs that can help you learn how to relax using mindfulness techniques. 

Start by doing the following: Connecting with a mindfulness teacher who can guide you into the best ways to practice living in the present moment.

  1. Make small substitutions. Eating healthier doesn’t have to involve a full-scale, immediate change. You can take one step or one meal at a time to make small improvements. 

Start by doing the following: Swap out one energy drink a day for a glass of water, or choose one day a week to cook a plant-based meal.

  1. Take a break from sitting. According to the National Institutes for Health, American adults spend an average of 11 to 12 hours a day sitting, and that sitting comes with an increased risk of heart disease, vascular disease and death overall. A recent study found that taking a break from sitting during the day decreased that risk substantially. Even breaks as short as 1 to 5 minutes made a difference.

Start by doing the following: Set an alarm every two hours to remind you to get up and do something physically active for a few minutes. It doesn’t have to be strenuous — just a couple of laps walking around the office can help.

  1. Get outdoors. Nature offers its own healing. People who spend more time outdoors in natural settings have a decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and asthma, and report better health and satisfaction overall. 

Start by doing the following: Explore green space opportunities in your neighborhood. Check out hiking trails, go to the beach, or take a walk around the park.

How CBD Supports Your Wellness

Many of these steps toward wellness rely on the interactions of chemicals in your body with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps regulate and balance many of your body’s systems and functions. Cannabidiol — CBD — one of the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis, works by interacting with the ECS in much the same way that your body’s natural endocannabinoids do. Since the discovery of the ECS in the early 1990s, scientists have been studying how CBD and other cannabinoids may help supplement and promote wellness through its interaction with the ECS. 

Read more about Cannabinoids and You to learn more about how KOR Medical can help support you on your quest to improve your physical and mental wellness.

Have more questions? KOR Medical has partnered with Leaf411™ to provide free, personalized support to customers. You can speak or chat directly with a cannabis-trained registered nurse on cannabinoid use and applications for free, today.

Deb Powers is a freelance writer who has been writing about CBD and other wellness topics for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared in Civilized.Life, and on numerous industry websites and publications.

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by Dan Ketchum

In late 2020, 20% of employed adults surveyed by the Pew Research Center said they worked from home before the coronavirus outbreak, while a striking 74% were working from home at the time of the survey. More than half of those workers signaled that they’d like to continue working from home if given the choice, responding positively to the new work environment, lack of commute and, in some cases, a newfound motivation. But while the home environment may have benefits ranging from more family time to more personal comfort, turning what should be the refuge of home into a full-time workplace may have potentially serious — but preventable and treatable — adverse effects on mental health. 

What Causes WFH Burnout? 

In a 2020 writeup, Laurel Farrer of Forbes gets right to the heart of work-from-home (WFH) burnout: When employees switch to a teleworking environment, “It’s not underperformance that leadership should be worried about,” she writes, “overperformance is what is actually killing the output of work-from-home teams.” Likewise, research from MarTech Cube indicates that remote workers tend to work significantly more than those who work on-site, averaging about 2 extra hours per day. Ultimately, more work equals more burnout.

How to Recognize It

Overwork can be a key cause of WFH burnout, and that burnout often manifests via a wide spectrum of warning signs, such as the following: 

Prevention Is the Best Medicine

Just as everyone responds differently to the remote work process, each individual may experience WFH burnout symptoms in different ways, if they experience them at all. Despite natural differences in the experiences of those who work from home, experts suggest two words, repeated ad nauseam for good reason, to help nip WFH burnout in the bud: Set boundaries

In the teleworking environment, setting boundaries means setting and adhering to strict in-office and out-of-office hours. In the out-of-office time, silencing notifications or setting up automated out-of-office responses can be a big help. This may help reduce burnout not only by effectively limiting your hours, but by reducing the anxiety of availability; strict personal boundaries give your brain extra assurance that it’s safe to relax during your downtime. 

And don’t neglect the follow-through. Once those WFH boundaries are set, respect yourself by respecting your boundaries, and reminding others to respect those boundaries whenever necessary. 

How to Treat WFH Burnout

Because WFH burnout is different for everybody, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. More hopefully, however, there are many tried and true options for dealing with its effects. If you’re experiencing feelings of burnout, these methods may be worth investigating:

If you’re feeling the effects of overwork or burnout, always express those feelings to your team as early as you possibly can. Not only can the act of sharing those feelings serve as a bit of therapy by itself, but you’ll often find that your team is more than willing to help you redistribute the workload or even help shift your job description in a direction that better suits the remote work lifestyle.

Cannabinoids and Stress

As Harvard Health Publishing explains, stress is a chain reaction; your senses essentially present information to the amygdala (the portion of the brain associated with emotional processing), the amygdala interprets that information and sends distress signals to the hippocampus. As it turns out, CBD can play a role in how your brain processes stress, and for the better. 

Brain imaging studies reported by the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research reveal that cannabidiol (CBD) intake may alter blood flow in brain structures that are implicated during occasional times of stress, including the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, and cingulate cortex. Likewise, supplementing CBD with ingredients like GABA and L-theanine (found in green tea, for instance) encourages a synergy that promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. 

Vistage CEO Cherly Marks Young reminds us that a dose of empathy is also a tonic, whether you’re experiencing WFH burnout or looking at it from the outside in. “It is a lot easier to judge someone than to say, ‘Are you taking breaks? Are you taking care of yourself?’ It’s important to be willing not to label odd behavior as bad behavior, but just be willing to reach out humanely and say, ‘How are you doing?’” And just about anyone can say those four words to their employees, to their co-workers, or to themselves.

Dan Ketchum is an LA-based freelance lifestyle, fashion, health and food writer with more than a decade of experience. He’s been fortunate enough to collaborate and publish with companies such as FOCL, Vitagenne, Livestrong, Reign Together, Out East Rosé, SFGate, The Seattle Times and more.

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What you do when you first wake up helps set the tone for the rest of your day. A consistent morning routine can help reduce stress, improve your mood, enhance your health, and set you up for a more successful, productive and healthy day. While your mornings should be personalized to fit your lifestyle and needs, this morning routine checklist can help you create and maintain a regular morning schedule that boosts your energy and sets up your mind and body to have a good day.

Benefits of a Morning Routine

One simple definition of routine is doing the same things in the same order every time. When you incorporate routines into your daily life, you reap a number of benefits you may not realize.

These benefits accrue whether your morning routine includes a high-intensity workout, a half hour of writing, or twenty minutes of meditation. Simply having and following a regular routine helps you be more focused, less stressed, and better able to face the day. 

Create a Morning Routine Checklist

Checklists are innately satisfying. It feels good to tick off each task as you finish it, giving you a little boost of self-confidence and cementing your routine just a little more firmly into your life. This list isn’t  a be-all and end-all, but it’s a good starting point of practices that can help you start your days off with a healthy mindset.

1. Plan for the Morning before Bed

By getting yourself set up for the morning before you go to bed at night, you reduce morning friction and tension.  Lay out your clothes for the next day. Set up your coffee maker so all you have to do is hit the start button. Set your alarm and put it out of easy reach. Check your schedule for the next day and get everything together and ready to grab and go on your way out the door.  

2. Get a Good Night’s Rest

One of the most important things you can do for your physical and mental health is to get a good night’s sleep. A consistent bedtime can help ensure you sleep well during the night. Cannabinoids like CBD and CBN support high quality rest so that you wake up feeling rested and refreshed. 

3. Avoid the Snooze Button

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button for an extra 15 minutes of sleep, but research says that hitting the snooze button can actually make you sleepier and interfere with your body’s natural wake-up rhythm. If you’re not ready to leave the cozy cocoon of blankets just yet, try spending a few minutes stretching, going over your day in your mind, or practicing some creative visualization.

4. Stretch and Relax

Stretching gets the blood flowing to your muscles and joints, which can help reduce any stiffness or pain, and it prepares your body for the day. Beth Frates, M.D., of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital notes that stretching can turn on the parasympathetic system, putting you in a more relaxed and calm state as you start your day.

5. Drink Water

After six to eight hours of sleep, your body is likely to be mildly dehydrated. Drinking a glass or two of water when you wake up will help rehydrate you. It also sends a signal to your brain and nervous system that you’re awake, which increases your metabolism and prepares your body for the increased amount of energy you’ll need.

6. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Eating a healthy breakfast gives your body the fuel it needs to get things done. When you skip breakfast, your body goes into energy conservation mode, making you feel less energetic and sapping your concentration. Eating a healthy breakfast, on the other hand, is associated with better physical and mental health. A recent research review found that people who habitually skipped breakfast were more likely to report depression, stress and psychological distress. 

7. Turn on the Lights

Light sends a message to the body that it’s time to wake up. When it’s time to wake up, open the curtains and let the sunlight in. If you use any type of home automation, set it to turn on the lights as part of your wake-up routine.  

8. Get Physical

Mornings are a good time to fit in some kind of physical activity. Hit the gym, take a walk, or do a morning yoga routine to wake up your muscles and get some endorphins flowing. 

9. Avoid Screen Time

Stay away from email, social media and phone messages first thing in the morning. They can distract you and draw you into a loop of reacting to what you read. Instead, keep the focus on preparing yourself and your mind for the day. 

10. Focus on the Positive

Start your morning on a positive note.  Spend a few minutes with some positive affirmations, or reflect on the good things you can do with your day. Turn on music that makes you feel upbeat and happy, spend some time reading for enjoyment, or write in your journal.

11. Plan Your Day

Make a plan for the rest of your day, focusing on priorities and setting up time blocks to keep you on track. Organizing your day at the start can help you stay focused and accomplish the things that are important to you. 

When you incorporate healthy, calming and energizing practices into your morning routine, you’re setting yourself up to have a good day. These 11 tips can help you create a morning routine checklist that works with your lifestyle and helps you get every day off to the best start.

Deb Powers is a freelance writer who has been writing about wellness topics for nearly 20 years. Her work has appeared on Civilized.Life and on numerous industry websites and publications.

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What To Do on Your Rest Day? 5 Active Recovery Workout Ideas

Everyone knows that exercise is an important cornerstone for living a healthy, balanced life. What many people don’t realize is that rest days are just as critical. They nurture our mental, physical and spiritual health all at once. In fact, skipping these essential rest days can actually hinder your gains. That’s where an active recovery workout comes into play.

Active recovery is a great way to stay active while allowing your muscles to recover and come back stronger. For people trying to offset their sedentary job environment — or for those blessed with high energy levels — this recovery method is ideal.

What Is Active Recovery?

What does “active recovery” mean, anyway? It’s one of two types of recovery days you should include within your intensive workout regimen: active and passive. According to Medical News Today, active recovery is “low-intensity exercise that a person performs after higher intensity exercise to improve their recovery and performance.”

Combating Muscle Fatigue

So why is active recovery so important for your routine? Well, it helps to combat exercise-induced muscle fatigue. Muscle fatigue is exactly what it sounds like — they get tired! It happens when your muscles struggle to perform the same exercises you may have been performing yesterday…simply because they need a break.

Active recovery helps to ease those discomforts. It does so by “facilitating the removal of metabolic waste, such as lactate (or lactic acid) built up during exercise,” according to Sweat. There are other natural ways you can help soothe your muscle aches and soreness, of course – including using a plant-powered cannabinoid relief product.

Active Recovery Workout Ideas

If you notice a lot of muscle soreness after your workouts, it’s time…time to pepper your weekly routine with a few recovery days throughout. Not sure where to start? We’ve chosen five active recovery workouts that can bring refreshing variety to your life.

Yoga

Arguably the most mainstream of active recovery practices is yoga. An article in Self says that yoga “increases flexibility, but it also teaches proper breathing techniques and body control. In addition, an easy yoga flow also promotes blood flow to help repair your broken-down muscle tissues.”

Yoga branches off into lots of different styles and practices. That means you can take your pick with whatever you feel will benefit your mind, body and spirit the most. For example, Yin yoga is a restorative practice. This is great for active recovery because it allows your muscles to rest without foregoing use completely. You get lots of stretching and flexibility work. On the other hand, Ashtanga is much more intense and rigid than a typical Vinyasa flow, so it may not be the best option for your recovery days. Make sure you choose a more subdued yoga session for your body to get the most out of it.

Tai Chi

Despite how great it is for building strength and body awareness, tai chi is quite a low-impact activity. According to Self, tai chi is “characterized by slow, flowing movements, making it ideal for activating the parasympathetic nervous system.” That system helps our bodies relax and recover from stress, whether from our intense workouts or just our daily lives. The parasympathetic system is key for recovery. After all, we don’t want to be in “fight or flight” mode all the time! It’s ideal for resting both mind and body, so it’d be the perfect one to incorporate into your weekly routine.

Swimming

This exercise yields “best of both worlds” kinds of perks. Swimming is very low impact, giving your muscles and joints a nice little vacation from gravity. It’s a paid vacation too — your body still gets the rewards of moving around in the water. Clearly, it’s the ultimate active recovery exercise.

After your swim, treat yourself a little more by further promoting muscle and bone relief via cannabinoid products.

Walking or Jogging

Another great way to stay active while letting your muscles recover is by walking or gentle jogging. Firstly, it gets you out of the house or office, which allows you to breathe in a little fresh air. Walking also helps to keep your muscles active while promoting blood flow to those areas. For that reason, workouts like these are the most beneficial for managing your fitness, as mentioned in Sweat. Walking or jogging can certainly help you maintain the blood flow to those muscles you worked so hard the previous day.

Hiking

This adventurous item fits right into our list of active recovery exercises because it’s good for the mind and soul. Plus, your muscles still get the green light. Surrounding oneself with nature has been proven to benefit the mind. In fact, Self mentions a study showing that “spending time in the great outdoors…may reduce rumination (having repetitive negative thoughts about oneself).” Additionally, it’s a good opportunity to change up the terrain you’re used to, letting you work with different muscles than usual.

Recovery Days Are Critical

Your exercise routine likely gives you a serotonin boost already. However, introducing active recovery spruces up your whole being. A change of scenery is great for the mind, so switching up your normal place to work out will keep things fresh for you. Similarly, a change in movement and intensity can be therapeutic for your muscles. Be kind to your body. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation by getting those recovery days set in your calendar!

Kimberly Game is a freelance writer from Atlanta, GA. She has always had a love for writing, and started a freelance writing company in 2016 after graduating with a B.B.A. from Kennesaw State University. Having focused her studies in marketing, she enjoys using wordly art to help businesses attract leads and ultimately influence those leads to take action. She is also an internationally certified yoga instructor, and teaches in her spare time.

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Medical News Today — What To Know About Active Recovery

Self — What Is Active Recovery? 11 of the Best Activities To Do on Your Rest Days

Sweat — 6 Active Recovery Workout Ideas