17 Miami Trainers Share Their Secret on How to Recharge


It's not uncommon to feel run down or like you're running on empty when living a fitness lifestyle. Taking time to reset and recharge is just as important as the time you put in during your workout. We asked 17 Miami trainers how they recharge when they feel like they are running low on energy.Djinji Brown @solbox_fc – “Recharging is as much of a mental process as it is a physical one. Rest, relaxation, hydration and nutrient dense meals gets the job done for me every time.”Evelyn Curry @ecurry – “Whenever I feel unmotivated or burnt out, I change up my workout routine. Rather than lifting weights, I’ll try something new like Pilates or make riding my bike to lunch my exercise. A change of scenery and place is always refreshing.”Peter Davidson @peterdavidsonii – “When I’m feeling low on energy and need to re-up, I have a Celsius energy drink and play Beyonce or Rick Ross. It works every time!”Lorraine Haddad @lorrainehaddad – “I tell myself, ‘are you gonna let yourself down today?’ No, suck it up and think of how good you’ll feel after you’re done. It’s only an hour and no one’s gonna do the work for you.”Lee Jimenez @bodybattlefitnesss – “I recharge through yoga and meditation. Allowing myself to take a breath to recharge and go beyond whatever needs to get done for the day.” Natalia Maldonado-Feinberg @iamwellnesswarrior - I literally bounce for energy removing any stagnant energy. I start with gentle shaking and bouncing in the knees with deep breaths. Then I do some face, head and heart tapping with some simple affirmations. “I am energized. I am grateful. Life is good.”Steph Orillo @steph_unmasked – “When I am feeling low on energy I try to move my body for a quick endorphin dump in my brain (endorphins make you feel good). I do something simple like jumping jacks, air punches, or twerking for just a minute or two. Also, can't leave out meditating gratitude toward the universe.”Cristina Ortega @highonyoga - "I recharge mentally and physically by getting to my mat, focusing on restorative poses and my breath."Victoria Posner @victoriaposner – “When I’m feeling low on energy I throw on some music and head outdoors. Being outside reduces stress and many of the other things that leave you feeling drained. Get out more and breathe more.”Suyumi Quiroz @suyumiquiroz - "My recharge starts by accepting the need to take a day off and shut down my brain. That starts by turning off all ways of communication and social media. I usually take a day for myself at the beach. After a day at the beach, I'll take a cold shower. I also recharge by drinking enough water, having some chicken noodle soup, lighting candles, reading a book, Netflix, and sleep.Nikki Reifschneider @nikki_reif – “I love to recharge with a solid day of R&R which includes a massage, day at the beach, or a Netflix couch binge! Never underestimate the power of a good ‘me-day’ to do what you enjoy!”Jessica Santiago @fit_fab_foodieny – “Whenever I feel low on energy and extremely fatigued, I know it’s my body’s way of saying slow it down and get some sleep! Add some water to that and a properly rested and hydrated body can conquer the world needless to say your workouts.”Allison Santini @allisonsantini – “Nothing beats a great nights sleep when it comes to keeping my energy up. When it’s feeling low, my go-to’s are acupuncture, meditation, and a cup of #SantiniStrong Wellness ‘Hype’ tea.Samuel Simpson @simpson_bfit – “Get a good night of sleep, wake up and disconnect from the outside and connect with nature. Paddle board, go for a walk or bike ride, and soak up some sun. I know it’s no magic pill, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”Steph Shames @shamelessbysteph – “Whenever I’m feeling low on energy, especially before teaching, I’ll grab a matcha latte and jam out to playlist on my way to class to get hyped. It works 99.9% of the time.”Regine Santa Maria @bodygoal_re – “To recharge, I usually take a step back, a deep breath, and realize my 'why' and motivations, which are usually my kids and the wellness and knowledge to help others obtain their goals.”Mike Vouvounas @_mike_v_ - “I try to use my few hours of downtime in the middle of my day very wisely and get in a 20-30 min power nap. If that doesn’t do the trick and I’m still struggling with low energy before a workout, I try to snack on some fruit (apples for me) and drink a lot of water (or sometimes a cold brew). Once I’m at the gym, I crank up my favorite EDM, 90s Rap, or the Kelly Clarkson Christmas album during the holidays.”

Dani is a Lead Instructor at Echelon Fitness and certified personal trainer from Silver Spring, Maryland. Growing up playing ice hockey, Dani always had a passion for being active. Dani studied psychology in college which led her to her initial career path in cognitive psychology. Dani changed career paths after realizing that her passion truly was in fitness. Dani integrates her knowledge of psychology into her fitness classes believing that our mind is a powerful tool to tap into to achieve health and wellness goals. Connect with Dani on social media @danidellarco.

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