What’s your daily movement regime like? Do you sit down a lot or do you get chances to move?
It can actually be quite difficult to fit in time for exercise or yoga classes so I want to offer you some help to move more and feel better. Our bodies need variety and diversity of movement to keep it feeling health and happy.
If you’re like most people you probably feel like there isn’t enough time, or perhaps you don’t feel like you have the money for classes and gyms or maybe you’re just not sure what to do or how to start?
First of all it’s important to differentiate between exercise and movement. You may already exercise a couple of times a week, which is a good start. But do you then spend 8 hours a day sitting down at work? Exercise is great but movement is even better.
And I’m talking about any kind of movement that’s not being still in the same body position. This could be walking, dancing, cleaning, playing a sport, going to the gym or gardening. It’s literally, anything you do with your body that gets you moving. So in a way it’s easier to add into your life than exercise because you already have the only equipment you need – your body!
I’m really passionate about natural movement to improve wellbeing. I’m sharing some ideas to get you thinking differently about movement.
Are you ready to move more and feel better? Here’s my 5 top tips to get you started.
Think about what your body needs
This requires you to think about what your body has been doing already today. If you’ve been doing repetitive movements or stuck in the same position for a while – do something different that nourishes your body. So for example, if you’ve been doing lots of computer work then you’ll definitely need to open your shoulders and do some twisting movements. If you’ve been driving or sitting, lunges are your go to movement. This will help to stretch out the front of the hip. Try to tune in to how you feel and move your body in a way that feels good. It doesn’t have to be a specific pose – just move around in a natural way for a bit.
This one is fairly easy. Just walk more. No need to say more – I think you’ve got the idea!
This has to be my most favourite way to incorporate more movement. Adding in movement into tasks you are already day is pure genius. Not only are you doing more movement but you’re also making the current task a little more interesting. A couple of examples could be adding in some toe lifts and foot stretches while preparing your food. Combine TV watching with sitting on the floor and stretching. If you’re familiar with 90/90 legs then this is a great one for hip mobility while sitting in the evening.
Breathing is moving too
If you’re stuck on a train or in a meeting, it might not be appropriate to start dancing around or doing some stretches. This is the perfect opportunity to practice your rib cage breathing. Focus on expanding your ribs as you breath will not only be soothing but also counts as important movement for your intercostal muscles.
Keep a diary
So if time was one of our barriers then this is going to feel like another time-consuming task. But I’m not talking about writing endless notes. Simply making a note at the end of the day of when and how you’ve moved. When you begin to write something down it feels more tangible and there is more chance that you’ll move more knowing that you are answerable to those notes in your diary at the end of the day.
The main thing is to move more. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s on a yoga mat or in front of the TV. It could be at your desk or out in your garden. Movement in nourishing for both mind and body. Yoga plays a vital part because it helps us to connect with ourselves. But don’t worry about doing fancy yoga poses – just move, feel good and your body will thank you.
Are you interested in learning more about your body’s needs?
Would you like to have a daily yoga and movement practice that feels easy and interesting?
Then join me on 16th March for a week long yoga and movement challenge. This is going to be a fun week of moving together, learning how to create a home yoga practice and feeling inspired with new ideas and tips.
It’s a week long challenge and it’s totally FREE! The best thing is it will be all online so you can join in at any time in the day. Each day you’ll receive an email with a new and easy challenge to get you moving. By the end of the week you will have moved in a variety of ways, experienced what it’s like to have a daily movement practice and hopefully have more knowledge to carry on!!! There will be an online community to join together with everyone taking up the challenge and you’ll receive an email as well.
Interested? Sign up for this totally FREE, week long challenge to get you moving more!
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