Andrea Rogers Self-Care Tips | Beachbody Blog

Andrea Rogers, creator of Xtend Barre and XB Pilates, knows how to make sure she’s in prime condition for daily hard work.

But that’s not the whole story of how he takes care of himself outside the studio. She has a well-oiled self-care routine that goes beyond preparing for her next intense barre session.

Consider taking a page from her self-care book, to make sure you “equate results” to her hard work and consistency.

Learn how to rest, recover and come back stronger, with self-care advice straight from Andrea.

1. Refill your cup first

Self-care gives you the energy and focus you need to get back to your workouts, your healthy habits, and your family again tomorrow.

The saying “You can’t fill an empty cup,” clearly applies to self-care.

“You know, we all know,” Andrea says. “We all know that as a fact – that we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone else. And yet, we find an excuse not to make it happen.”

“‘Oh, I don’t have time, I have to do this with my kids.’ It’s your excuse. And the second you’re able to look in the mirror and give an honest answer as to why you’re not actually pushing yourself to wake up and play and do your workout, then you start to get to the point where you can make change happen,” she adds.

Reminder: Self-care is not selfish!

2. Weekly facial mask

Woman wearing face mask

Andrea has been “masking up” since moving to one of the international XB studios two years ago.

The trainers, who she says all had porous skin that looked like porcelain, urged her to whip up her bimonthly masks for a weekly ritual, and she listened.

Now she does sheet masks three nights a week.

“I’ve seen a big difference in the texture and clarity of my skin, and now make sure I don’t skip this self-care time,” says Rogers.

3. Stretching and deep breathing

Challenge yourself to think of stretching as more than just a chore at the beginning or end of your workout.

“Stretching is a form of meditation for my mind and relaxation for my body,” Andrea says of her practice.

He stretches first thing when he wakes up and again before bed.

While Andrea likes that even short, consistent stretching exercises in just 5-15 minutes show results, it’s not for flexibility. In fact, she uses stretching as a way to reconnect with her mind and body in the middle of a long day.

“I always squeeze in a little mid-day movement to help shift my energy, correct my posture, and give me some much-needed focus,” she says.

4. Dry brushing and self-massage

Woman dry brushing after shower

Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic practice that uses a dry, stiff-bristled brush to exfoliate and massage the skin.

Typically, you start on your feet and use short strokes as you work your way up to cover dry flaky skin before showering or bathing.

Andrea includes dry brushing three times a week in her self-care routine. She brushes herself from head to toe before taking a warm bath with oils to hydrate and nourish her skin. He wrapped it up with a self-massage.

5. Happy hour

No, you won’t find Andrea at the bar after a long day of barre workouts. Instead, he has a happy hour tradition from the comfort of his own home that involves a delicious drink and mindful relaxation.

“My go-to routine to pack some protein and goodies into my diet while also curbing my cravings is creating my twice-daily smoothies,” she says.

But those smoothies change from day to day. They can include greens, or a container full of chocolate, banana, and peanut butter if her sweet tooth is calling.

But she also enjoys her smoothie and takes some time for herself during this happy hour.

Andrea likes “a little escape from the hustle and bustle”. Meaning no confusion.

“I sit quietly, no phone, no computer, no TV and allow my body to digest goodness while my mind enjoys a little R&R,” she explains.

But it’s not just your mind that benefits — mindful eating turns off that fight-or-flight response, which leads to better digestion.

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