While many of us see our favorite exercises, whether swimming, playing basketball, or walking, as simply fun activities — we also gain important health benefits when physical activity adds up. Move more for a happier and healthier heart, mind and body.
Physical activity and enjoyment go hand-in-hand, when you figure out how to make it suit your personality.
Even if we know cardiovascular exercise does wonders for our heart health, finding the time to devote an hour to a treadmill session or a run seems like a lot. Well, how about 20 minutes from warm-up to cool-down with only four minutes of intense exercise?
Despite our natural inclination to stay inside rather than get out in the cold, we all have to brace the cold sometimes. It’s important to be aware feeling cold can create holding patterns in the body which tighten our muscles and make our bodies feel more tense and stiff.
Give yourself the gift of a yoga posture called Child Pose (Balasana) this holiday season. This is a resting pose that stretches the hips, thighs and ankles in a gentle way while relieving any stress or fatigue.
Are your feet tired a lot? Do you have excess tension in your hips, legs or back? These may be signs your muscles like to tighten up.
Think you don’t have time to move more? Think again. The possibilities are endless for creatively sneaking light physical activity into your current daily routine.
For example, many of us with sedentary desk jobs enjoy a stretch break reminder app called StretchClock.
Mountain pose (tadasana) seems simple, but there’s actually quite a lot going on in the body to pay attention to. This pose can be done anywhere – while you’re at work or on the go – whenever you need to pause and feel more centered.