Working out on a regular basis and maintaining a healthy diet can have very positive results on one’s health, with results including lowering one’s cholesterol and reducing the size of one’s pants.

One item that needs to be built into a workout program is time for the body to recover before going back to the gym.

Personal trainer Daniel Ortiz, who is based out of the Lord’s Gym and who also trains with Larry North, said recovery time is necessary because it allow the muscles time to rebuild. He notes that the idea of a day of rest is even referenced in the Bible.

“There are a lot of people who train and don’t want to have an off day. They don’t want an easy day or a relaxed day. Most people don’t do that because they are hard headed,” he said. “It is proven that everybody needs an off day or a recovery day. When you are training at this level and want to go to a higher level you have to have that recovery time built in.

“You do more damage to your body if you don’t. Nobody trains at 110 percent all the time, no one, not even professional athletes. They train hard at an intense level and they have a day for recovery,” he said.

One activity that can help the body and mind is having a massage. Personal trainer and licensed masseuse Misti Pendleton said lactic acid can build up in the muscles when working out, causing a sore feeling. A massage helps loosen up tired muscles and can increase joint flexibility.

“It is important to have a day (of massage) built in so you go back and work out harder at the gym the next day. It helps with people who train heavy or work hard to improve their flexibility and also helps out with your mental attitude,” Pendleton said.

“Nowadays a lot of people don’t take the time out to relax and enjoy themselves. After a hard workout I would recommend a deep tissue massage,” she said. “It is designed to help you relax. It also has benefits for people who have fibromyalgia and arthritis. With arthritis, the results are immediate. Massage is different from a visit to a chiropractor because it deals with the muscles and not the spine and back.”

For more information about massage, contact Pendleton at 214-732-5414. For more information on working out, e-mail Ortiz at or visit online at

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