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Relax with Yoga

Some people begin yoga for the health benefits and some for the calming, relaxing effect. I find yoga to be almost like a meditative practice. I gain strength, flexibility and relaxation. It can be intimidating to those who have never tried it… looking at photos of people twisted like pretzels, especially for men. It’s more important to honor your body and only do what is comfortable for you. If you’re not ready to start a class, try a video in the comfort of your home. Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility by Ashley Turner gives clear instruction and her voice is so calming. Have you tried yoga and did it relax you?

Turn Your Mood Around

If you are feeling overwhelmed at work (and we all have those days), you can make a few choices: you can moan and groan to your colleague, send a complaining text to your spouse or you can turn your mood around.
On your next break, listen to some upbeat music; at lunch, take a brisk walk outside, even if it’s cold; do some stretches and breathe; play a game on your phone (but keep track of your time) or call a friend to meet you after work for fun time to recharge. What works for you?

The 2012 Health Shift

What is one change you can make in 2012 that will move you towards a healthier lifestyle? What one thing can you do that will make you feel better? Remember to make it something you can incorporate into your life as a daily practice, not for 2 weeks. Start simple, such as a nutritious breakfast everyday that you really enjoy… maybe a breakfast burrito with eggs, salsa, low-fat cheese in a whole wheat wrap. Or taking 5 minutes everyday to practice mindfulness meditation. What will be your investment in your health?

Stress Backache

If you’ve been experiencing a backache, chronic stress could be the cause. Unless you have done something to injure your back, it may be the response of your back muscles to tension. Instead of their normal contracting and relaxing state, when you are tense, muscles can contract tightly causing spasms. When you are stressed, you also deal with pain less effectively. Besides relaxation techniques (always important), walking will help alleviate the discomfort.

Relax and Unwind

After the long weekend, if your work day was non-stop, playing catch-up and stressing you out, don’t take that home with you. Do brief 10 minute stretches, walks or stairs during break time or right after work. Take 5 deep belly breaths every hour to slow down your autonomic nervous system. Tonight before you go to bed, try this yoga position (legs up wall pose) to relax you mind and body- see photo -> close your eyes and breath deeply for a few minutes. What else do you do to unwind after a busy day?

Exercise Just 15 Minutes a Day

Can you find 15 minutes in your day to exercise? What if you knew that it meant an increase in the length of your life? According to a study published in The Lancet, researchers in Taiwan found exactly this to be the case. Chi-Pang Wen of the Institute of Population Science at Taiwan’s National Health Research Institutes followed 400,000 men and women over 8 years to determine that physical activity just 15 minutes a day lengthens lifespan. What can you do for 15 minutes each day?