A wise man named Jim Loehr once said “We live in a world that celebrates work and activity and ignores renewal and recovery.” But what does this actually mean?
Essentially, we are constantly trying to be productive by rushing around and trying to fit a multitude of things into one day, including your daily work out. We all have a “no excuses” attitude when it comes to going to the gym, exercise and fitness and often don’t consider that rest is equally as important as training.
So, next time your muscles are feeling tight, your body is tired and fatigued, or you are recovering from a seasonal cold, listen to us at Glow For Life when we say it’s time to skip the gym. Actually.
But it’s not just about sitting on the couch, flicking through television either, a slow and relaxing workout session can be beneficial in these times and give your body time to recuperate and recover.
You might have once heard of Yin and Yang – the little black and white symbol with the dots? Symbolic of balance, this is the ideal way to look at life, health and fitness. Yang is the more energised and fast paced of the two symbols which everyone in society does well where Yin is focused on rest and recovery.
Just as important as a high intensity workout, add in one (or more) of the following “Yin” elements into your weekly routine in order to calm the mind and focus on your breathing:
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
For those new to the slow, calm and stretch filled work out, we have compiled four of our favourite yoga exercises here at Glow For Life which you can easily do in the comfort of your own home.
Before you start, try lighting some candles and playing some ambient music to centre your mind and breathing. Hold each pose for approx 30-45 seconds and repeat the cycle four times.
After you have completed these exercises, finish the cycle by performing a cervasana - it might sound scary, but it’s as simple as lying down on the floor still, and focusing your breath and energy. This will help you to slow down your mind and de-stress.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to tune in with your body and listen to what it needs; whether it’s across diet, fitness or other lifestyle factors. Remember we only get one body in our lifetime so cherish it and treat it well.