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Hayley Erbert in Two-Piece Workout Gear Does Ice Bath With Derek Hough

She shared their recovery process on Instagram.

Hayley Erbert first made waves in 2013, when she competed on So You Think You Can Dance. Erbert finished in sixth place. She later joined the troupe of Dancing With The Stars, where she met her husband, Derek Hough. Erbert and Hough are on a tour, and shared their recovery process on Instagram. In it, they are seen doing an ice bath together. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Hayley Erbert stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


She Dances

Dancing is one of the main ways Erbert stays in shape. According to Better Health, dancing has a lot of benefits. "Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including: improved condition of your heart and lungs, increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness, increased aerobic fitness, improved muscle tone and strength."


She Hikes

Erbert loves to go hiking, and she sometimes loves to bring her pets with her. She shared this photo on Instagram of herself and her dog on a hike. According to Piedmont, hiking has a lot of benefits. "Going up and down hills gets the heart pumping, creating a great cardio workout. Like most cardio exercises, hiking helps reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even some cancers. Hiking is a weight-bearing exercise, which builds muscle mass and helps prevent osteoporosis. Hiking can help you manage your weight."


She Has Dogs

Erbert is an animal lover, and she has two dogs that are prominently featured on her Instagram. She shared this selfie of herself with her pups. According to the Mayo Clinic, owning a dog has a lot of health benefits. "One notable benefit is that dogs force you to get up and move. One research study found that dog owners are more likely to report regular physical activity than people who don't own dogs. Activities associated with dog ownership, like feeding, grooming, playing and letting them outside, all increase physical activity levels. Physical activity improves blood flow, induces muscle contraction and reduces joint stiffness."


She Swims

Erbert loves to swim. She shared this underwater photo on Instagram of herself snorkeling with dolphins. She captioned the post, "Pure magic." The Mayo Clinic states that water activities have a lot of benefits. "Exercise in an aquatic environment offers numerous options and techniques for almost all levels of physical ability. Exercise can be as basic as walking in the water to more high-level aerobic activities, such as deep-water running or swimming. Standing exercises often are performed in water that is waist to chest deep. These exercises can focus on improving range of motion/flexibility, balance and strength. Resistance training can be amped up by simply increasing the speed of movement or adding equipment, such as mitts, paddles, noodles or bands, to increase drag."


She Does Ice Baths

As you can see from her Instagram post, Erbert loves to take ice baths. She shared why in the post's caption. "After every single show, Derek and I hop into the ice bath to expedite our recovery process. Icing after extreme physical activity, is a non-negotiable for us. It has many health benefits, some including: – reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.- increasing blood flow – activates the release of endorphins – helps prep for a good night's sleep."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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