I'm thrilled to have another post up on the FitBit Blog this week as part of their 30-Days to Summer Fit series!
In this post I cover five very simple yoga moves you can do at your desk to counteract the negative effects of sitting all day.
And don't worry—you don't have to be a super yogi or anything of the sort. You just need to carve out a few minutes to give your face, neck, back, wrists, and ankles some love. I even threw in a disco move at the end for those of you who are paying attention!
5 SIMPLE YOGA MOVES YOU CAN DO IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS
When it comes to yoga, you’ve heard about the countless benefits: improved circulation, strength and flexibility, reduced stress, improved mood, the list goes on! You’ve seen the droves of Lululemon-wearing, mat-toting women looking fit and radiant. You’re feeling stiff and a bit creaky, and yet something is keeping you from actually taking class (or at least as frequently as you’d like).
You might even be plagued by any of the following excuses:
- I’m not flexible
- I don’t have time
- I have no interest in hippy-dippy granola practices
If that’s the case, have no fear! Today we’re sharing five incredibly simple moves that can be done right from the comfort of your desk, each in 60-seconds or less.
Money-back guarantee: if you try all five and DON’T feel at least a little bit (if not a whole lot) better afterward, you have my permission for a get-out-jail-free card for all future yoga classes.*
*Caveat: I do recommend beginners
suffer throughstick with at least 5-10 classes before declaring it’s not for them—even the veterans among us feel bored, antsy, annoyed and impatient from time-to-time! Focus on how you feel afterward, and the subtle changes it initiates within your body and mind.
1. Reset by Relaxing Your Face
Did you know we have 43 muscles in our face? That’s a lot of opportunities for us to unknowingly build and hold tension.
Try this right now for at least one minute:
- Close your eyes (after you read these instructions), and begin to soften the muscles of your face.
- Release your jaw if it is clenched, and let your tongue rest on the soft upper palate of your mouth.
- Curl your lips in the slightest smile, as you relax all of the tiny muscles around your eyes.
- Relax your eyebrows, and three more times relax the muscles in the forehead and eye area. 17 muscles alone control the movement of the eyeball — let them all go.
- Let your eyes roll up, tuck your chin slightly in and back, spine lengthening as if someone is pulling the crown of your head up to the ceiling with a rope (more on sitting up straight below)
- Breathe slowly and deeply in this position, in and out through your nose, for 1 to 5 minutes.
I'd love to hear from you in the comments:
What quick moves re-energize you after long periods of sitting or working? Any special tip requests for yoga newbies?