How are your new year resolutions going? Have you committed to doing a 30-day challenge? Have you committed to signing up for spin class three times a week? Have you committed to moving more and sleeping more? Whatever your resolution may be, we bet that they most likely have to do with moving more and/or eating better, which are all fantastic goals, but what are you doing for recovery during this increase in exercise for your body? Well, we are here to tell you the one yoga pose that you should absolutely add into your routine to aid your body in its recovery.
We get it, working out is hard enough but now we have to spend time dedicated to recovery too? Yes. Unfortunately, it takes some time to make sure your body is recovering properly too. What this looks like can be… more sleep, stretching, meditating, mobility exercises, etc. Wow, that sounds like a lot of work and it certainly is. Recovery doesn’t mean you have to do all of the things just mentioned every day for hours on end. Recovery can look like a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It really comes down to what you are putting your body through. However, if there is one thing we can get behind that we think everyone should do and can do easily for a couple minutes every day is – legs up the wall.
Legs up the wall is classified as an inversion. Inversions aid wonderfully in recovery for the body because you are reversing the blood flow in the body which helps to improve circulation and redirects blood back to your heart. When are performing lets up the wall you are allowing the legs to drain excess fluid build up that occurs from intense exercise. Additionally, this position can also help release some tension that has built up in the lower back allowing your back to relax and your hamstrings to lengthen back out. Lastly, legs up the wall is great in calming the nervous system which can certainly go into overdrive during intense workouts.
How to Perform Legs Up the Wall
- Begin the pose by sitting with your left side against the wall.
- Gently turn your body to the left and bring your legs up onto the wall. Use your hands for balance as you shift your weight.
- Lower your back to the floor and lie down. Rest your shoulders and head on the floor.
- Shift your weight from side-to-side and scoot your buttocks as close to the wall as possible.
- Allow your arms to rest open at your sides with your palms facing up.
- Allow your legs to feel relaxed in the hip joints and your butt and back to relax on the floor too.
- Close your eyes.
- Try staying in the pose for 5-10 minutes.
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