One of the most depressing things if you keep fit and healthy and take regular exercise can be having to rest an injury.
Dancing ballet I have had many minor strains or danced safely through a toe fracture, headaches and period pains.
But I am a confessed Bunhead (ballet addict) and dance is a huge part of my life. I even incorporate this in to the spellwork I do for people through Maya Magickal (link below) and I consider my daily barre as essential as my daily meditation and energy healing work (see Mayastar link below) to maintain my health on all levels.
And one of the most depressing experiences I had was tearing a muscle. I couldn’t dance. I could only just walk! But I couldn’t point my foot. I couldn’t jump. I couldn’t stand on demi pointe (tip toes) and I had an exam due later that year. I was determined not to lose fitness during my injury so I worked out variations I could do. And worked on those things throughout (doing literally nothing can leave muscles weak and more prone to injury later – I was determined to avoid that).
But a further consideration was with the hours of dance I did each week (about 2 hours a day), I couldn’t do anything aerobic and my maintenance plan might maintain my muscles but it wouldn’t be burning the same number of calories and I would need to be aware of that because in six weeks I could so easily gain 10 or 15 pounds which could equally wreck my exam performance.
This was some years ago. But I just found out the most amazing life hack! Something that would have made my recovery so much easier and less of a worry!
Hot baths burn calories! Lying in a 40° bath for an hour burns the same calories as a half hour walk.
I often finish a 3 hour dance class with a long bath and it never occurred to me it was like doing a 4 hour work out!
There will be a number of benefits a hot bath can’t give you that exercise does – development of cardio fitness and muscle, stronger bones, that endorphin rush….but in a pinch, it’s a good option. And a wonderful option for people who can’t exercise or have health complications.
Hot baths also have a beneficial effect on our blood sugar levels in a similar way to physical activity!
A win win situation. And an excuse for a trip to Lush and looooong Bubble Bath!