Restorative fitness took a sharp rise to the top of the fitness trend list over the past year. The collective changes to wellness routines and increased stress to daily life are among the key reasons that gentler modalities have carved out a bigger space in our movement life.
In fact, online class platforms have been reporting increases in demand for restorative fitness content. For example, ClassPass reported a 25% increase in Yoga participation, while Mirror, a relatively new at-home fitness technology tool, has seen a 40% increase in requests for more mindfulness content.
Although Yoga might be the first thing that comes to mind when people hear the word restorative fitness, in fact, this wellness trend includes modalities that range from massage, stretching, mobility, foam rolling, sauna sessions, and more.
The timing of this trend may have also brought a welcome balance to those who embraced the HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts of the previous few years and were experiencing symptoms of overtraining, injuries, and or just plain burnout.
Many people began to see the benefit of maintaining an active lifestyle long term, which meant including exercises, activity, and movements meant to help the body recover and restore. In fact, rest, coupled with restorative wellness, allows our fitness levels to improve and muscles to build after a tough workout.
Build your own Restorative Fitness Session
What you’ll need:
Pigeon Pose, R
Pigeon Pose, L
Reverse Lunge, R
Right Angle, R
Reverse Lunge, L
Right Angle, L
Lay face down, arms out in T position. Roll bodyweight to one side, using opposite arm to steady, and stretch the shoulder joint)
Cobra to Updog: Lay belly down and lift your upper body, pressing your palms into the floor and drawing your shoulder blades together and away from your ears.
Spinal Roll Massage: In a seated position, lift your legs parallel to the floor. Roll backwards paying attention to your spine and neck while you allow each vertebrae to connect with the floor. Roll back to a seated position.
Foam Roll Session
Muscle recovery is an important step in overall fitness. Try this leg sequence for posterior chain recovery. Spend 30 seconds on each area: calves, hamstrings & glutes.
Do you have a restorative fitness plan? Let us know what part of the session works best for you.
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