Sometimes it's important to put your mind ahead of your body.
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Kayla Itsines's worldwide success shows no signs of slowing down, but even the world's most famous trainers need to take it easy from time to time. In a recent Instagram post, the fitness queen dished some advice on how to let your body heal the right why. "Rehab is SO important," she says. "If it helps, I usually foam roll for 15 minutes, stretch for another 15 minutes AND if I'm really sore, ill have a bath with epsom salts before bed...Please take some time out of your day to make sure you are comfortable."
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If you've ever visited Kaisa Keranen's Instagram, you'll find nothing but inspirational posts, urging you to give it your all while working out. That's why it was surprising when she shared why it's okay (and important!) to cut yourself some slack. "I can't remember the last time I couldn't finish a set...3 reps to go and I didn't have it in me," she wrote on Instagram. "Learning to be okay with failure is a serious process for me. Sometimes it takes me several minutes to remind myself I'm no longer competing for anything or against anyone. It's all about listening to my body and HAVING FUN!"
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Massy Arias has been our fitness inspiration for quite some time now, and she's continued to raise the bar while pregnant. That said, she constantly reminds her followers about the importance of taking time for yourself to help get the most out of your workout. "The world is moving fast and time can fly right in front of our eyes without even noticing it," she wrote on Instagram. "If we aren't taking advantage of every second, every minute, and every hour, then we are just existing and not really living! Take 10 minutes of your day to disconnect and change the negatives into positives...our mind is a powerful tool, use it!"
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Chontel Duncan recently made the news for proving that there's no such thing as a "normal" pregnant belly. It's no secret that she keeps it real with her followers, which is why she unsurprisingly shared the importance of relaxing your body. She says that exercising your body when it's already struggling is only going to stress it even more. "Rest is just as important if not more important," she says. And we couldn't agree more.
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The creator of POP Pilates, Cassey Ho is one of the most influential health and fitness influencers in the world. While she's known to push people to give it their all, she also stresses the importance of putting your mind ahead of your body. "Take time to stretch everyday," she says on Instagram. "Light some good smelling candles, put on relaxing music, dim the lights, and just lose yourself in the peacefulness. Take time for yourself to destress. We all need it more than we know...especially with all the toxicity we often encounter on social media. Cleansing the mind is just as important as cleansing the body!"
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Emily Skye has always advocated that being thin doesn't make you happier or healthier. She advises her followers to give it their best and not get down and disappointed when they don't succeed. "Don't compare yourself to others, don't beat yourself up for having flaws & don't be so hard on yourself," she said on Instagram. "Remember, we're all imperfect and unique and I think that's what makes us B E A U T I F U L! The world would be so boring if we all looked the same and "perfect". Embrace yourself no matter what and only ever aim to be your best - mentally and physically." Preach.
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Her Fit Body Guide workouts might be killer, but fitness phenom Anna Victoria will be the first to tell you to give it a rest when you need it. "Goals are individual, not universal," she said on Instagram. "Just because someone can lift heavier, run farther, go longer doesn't mean your effort isn't valid. So work hard for you and your own goals. Progress will come." Preach.