OVER the festive period you are all going to be so busy with family, friends and events, exercise or looking after yourselves is probably the last thing on your mind.
I have listed a few simple exercises that will not only enable you to be a little more physically fit, but also you give vital energy that will help you continue that little bit longer whilst keeping you healthy in the process…
Morning time: This is your opportunity to start the day off right.
Like the common belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your morning exercise routine is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your to-do list and feel great all day and be centered.
Before you have to talk to everyone else, use the morning as an opportunity to have a conversation with yourself.
Set an intention for the day, no matter how small, and meditate on that intention for a few peaceful moments. Or do it while you get moving.
As soon as you wake up, go outside. You need the vitamin D, and your mood will improve. At least open a window, breathe some fresh air and fill your room with natural light.
Down Dog: Tuck the toes under and lift the tailbone towards the sky. Drop the head down and push into the hands to create length in the spine.
Draw your navel in towards your spine and press the soles of the feet down towards the ground. Take five rounds of deep breath in this pose, closing the eyes if you have your balance.
Cat-Cow: Come down onto the hands and knees. Be sure that the wrists are directly below the shoulders and the fingers are spread wide.
Feel each knuckle and the finger pads on the ground to distribute the weight into the hands so that not all of the weight is on the wrists.
Inhale into cow (the head and tailbone lift up, dropping the belly towards the ground, heart extending forward).
Exhale into cat (arch the spine upwards, tuck the chin toward the chest, draw the navel in towards the spine).
Continue for three minutes, moving slowly at first and steadily increasing your speed as you gain flexibility.
If you remember to breathe in the morning, you'll probably breathe better all day.
Taking deep breaths lowers stress and improves cognitive activity. But we often forget to breathe regularly and fully.
By focusing on this practice right when you get out of bed, you can train yourself to keep it up all day.
Tree pose: With feet hip distance apart, spread the toes wide to help plant yourself firmly on the ground.
Bring the hands onto the hips or to heart's center. Inhale to bring one foot up, placing it either on the calf or the thigh (never place the foot on the knee). Exhale.
Keep the core engaged, and if you have your balance reach your arms to the sky. Stay here for five rounds of breath.
Exhale to slowly place the foot on the ground, switch legs.
Yoga can be as relaxing or vigorous as you want it to be. Add a little challenge to your routine, get your blood pumping and muscles working.
You'll feel stronger all day - and strength lends to more energy and confidence. Allow yoga to pump fresh blood to flow easily to the brain, cleansing and refreshing the brain, aiding the circulatory system.
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