There’s some really simple exercises that you can do to improve your wellbeing, health and happiness. Here’s 4 of the best:
1. Stretching - Stretching is de-stressing, it protects the body from injury and improves posture. A simple 5-10 minutes in the morning or evening will have a profound effect on both your sense of wellbeing and flexibility levels.
It doesn’t need to be complicated, just stretch all the major muscle groups, while focusing on your breathing, and relaxing into the stretch.
2. Deep breathing - Breathing is hugely overlooked. It is the most basic and necessary of human functions, but we never ask if we are doing it well. Could we breathe better, and what effect might that have on our health and wellbeing?
Of course, breathing usually happens without you thinking about it, but you can breathe consciously - to improve your breathing - and with it lower stress, improve health and happiness. Simply lay flat on your back, place your hands over your stomach and take a deep breath in. You should feel your stomach expand against your hands. Hold for a second and then fully breathe out. Repeat for 10 rounds.
3. Steady Cardio - Cardio has many benefits. It’s probably not the best way to lose weight, but it is good for health and wellbeing. Especially if you enjoy it. Try getting out in nature for a hike in the mountains or walk on the beach. Swimming, cycling, playing sport; they’re all great forms of cardio.
4. Weight training - Weight training is an overlooked component of a healthy exercise regime. It balances hormones, builds bone density, increases metabolism, burns fat and increases strength. Sounds good right? Make sure you fit it into your routine!
We hope you have a happy and healthy 2016!