Working at a desk? Take regular breaks to move, stretch and look at something in the distance to help you stay alert and ward off getting too stiff! How about a 1 minute dance around the living room or 5-10 minutes of yoga?
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Yoga is an all-round wellbeing tool. In the West, yoga is often seen solely as a movement practice, but bringing in the other 'limbs' can give you so much more bang for your buck! I'll touch on this in my Yoga Basics for Beginners class this evening, and always bring a little meditation, pranayama and philosophy into my classes.
Autumn is my favourite time for outdoor workouts. The beautiful leaves and the refreshing weather are the perfect combo.
Cycling is great exercise, but make sure you cross-train to keep your whole body healthy. Key areas to work on include:
- Core strength
- Using full range of motion in your arms and legs
- Strengthening and stretching your hip flexors
We'll be working on these areas, as well as some juicy back and shoulder releases, in my Yoga for Cyclists classes (outdoors and online).
The days may be getting colder, but outdoor yoga is still wonderful if you wrap up warm and get the blood pumping with some rapid sun salutations!
Why is meditation great for fitness? It helps you live more in the moment - this awareness can help you: Tune into your body and therefore avoid injury. Improve focus. Improve breathing when exercising. Improve mental resilience. Enjoy the journey.
Porridge makes a great pre-/post- workout brekkie. Oats release energy slowly to keep you going, are a great source of fibre and help lower cholesterol. Max out nutritional benefits with toppings such as peanut butter (protein, fats), linseed (omega 3, more protein) and banana and cacao nibs for vitamins and minerals.
Did you know that you can vary pretty much any yoga pose (asana) to suit your abilities and needs? This variation of pigeon pose (eka pada rajakapotasana) gives a great stretch in the quads and introduces a backbend and heart-opener, which you don't get from the more introspective forward folding variation. Drop me a line if you want to know how to vary anything in particular!
Yoga is not about how you look, it's about how you feel. Wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) may look fancy but most of all it makes me feel super strong and opens out my tight chest and shoulders, which I love. Its the perfect antidote to a day at a desk (remember to warm up first though!).