Do you have a favourite work out? Or maybe a favourite exercise? Or a favourite class that you'll go to, rain, hail or shine? I have discovered in FIRE that my favourite day, without question, is Leg Day, which is a Monday.
Maybe just because I have something to look forward too on the first day of the week, but I have fallen head over heels for Leg Day. The video below shows me squatting 32kgs. This is eight reps (as mentioned in last week's posts, weights get heavier from this week, so that means less reps to get the same workout), and you will notice that I start to tire around rep seven and lose some of my glute drive, although I'm pleased to say that my knees remain stable and I have good drive through my whole foot.
But, as much as I love leg day, it's a BITCH when I get home and have to climb the stairs to my bedroom.
A hot shower does wonders, but that only works for as long as I'm in the shower and, by the time I'm climbing into bed, my legs are reminding me of the price of my love.
But, they say, your workout is only as good as your recovery and boy oh boy do I have a good recovery. I do stretch when I get home (because muscles soreness the next day legitimately sucks), but I have a little secret weapon that I'm going to share with you now.
Meet Topical Magnesium Roll-On Oil from Amazing Oils, my secret recovery weapon. I originally discovered Magnesium oil at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Melbourne one year and have never looked back since.
Magnesium occurs naturally in the human body and is essential for, among many other things, energy production and proper muscle function. I'm not very science-y, but those interested in getting a general overview would benefit from reading this article by Ancient Minerals, which explains it very well in lay-man's terms.
When we exercise, our bodies produces various chemicals and hormones to give us the energy to keep going. This energy production relies heavily on magnesium and, like anything, you need to top it up once you've used it. Oral magnesium supplements are available (please do not start any supplement program without first consulting your health professional), but most magnesium taken in oral form is lost due to the digestive process. Using topical magnesium, whether in the form of a spray or roll-on, means most of the magnesium is absorbed by the body and, even better, it's absorbed by the areas that need it most.
When I come home from leg day, I whack the magnesium straight onto my thighs, quads and calves, which helps them loosen up and also alleviates muscles soreness the next day. One of magnesium's functions in the body is as a muscle relaxant, so applying it liberally to tight muscles post-exercise has been a God send.
When it comes to magnesium products, I cannot recommend my roll-on gel from Amazing Oils enough
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