MIND. BODY. SPIRIT. THE ROAD TO A HAPPIER YOU! PART 2.
The Body by Claudia Brown
14th July 2017
So when talking about ‘the body’ it would be obvious to talk about exercise, and in particular yoga, because I’m a yoga teacher. And to a certain extent you would be right! Physical activity guidelines on the NHS website that adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do at least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity or 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week and strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles, such as yoga.
When it comes to exercise, it’s a really good idea to find something that you can enjoy so that it doesn’t feel a chore. For me, yoga was the only exercise that I didn’t hate, and once I got into my late thirties I realised that if I didn’t take exercise a bit more seriously I was heading for a very unhealthy middle and old age. For me, yoga has made me strong and flexible, I don’t have the dreaded bingo wings and my butt definitely defies gravity! The breathing techniques have given me a toolkit to manage my stress levels, and meditation really helps to stimulate my creativity. There are so many benefits of a regular yoga practice – improved flexibility, builds muscle strength, improves your posture, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects your pine, improves your bone health, increases your blood flow, releases tension in your limbs and can really help you if you are suffering from stress and/or anxiety.
Think about joining an exercise class or going for a power walk, run or cycle with your friend, you can catch up on the gossip and go for a juice (or glass of wine) afterwards, or joining a club such as football, netball, cricket or tennis. The yin to the yang is rest. So many people feel guilty for having some down time or even a nap. I love a good nap. You need to recharge your body like you recharge your phone. I even look at my schedule for the week and work out when I can sneak in a little siesta.
Quality of sleep, and also how many hours of sleep a night a person can get is so varied. I think I was a sloth in a former life as I can sleep for England, I can easily get 10 hours sleep a night and still have an afternoon nap. I work hard, I have a physical job, and I need to recharge to be able to deliver good quality work. Don’t ever feel bad for having a nap or a midday meditation session to recharge and reboot your mind and body for the rest of the day.
Stop the glorification of busy! If you thrive on a busy life, that’s great, enjoy it, but if you are working crazy hours, getting no exercise and not sleeping well, you are heading for a burnout and nobody enjoys that. Ariana Huffington has written a very informative book called, ‘Thrive’, (it’s so good I even bought it for all my friends).
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Take a minute to think about how truly miraculous your body is. Seriously. I spent a long time being very disgruntled with how my body looked ... the usual drill, my stomach isn’t flat enough, my thighs are too big, and I didn’t really appreciate what my body actually enables me to do. I am fit and strong size 12 and the older I get the more I am grateful for the good health, strength and flexibility that I have.
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Please feel free to share the love as I am always excited to hear your feedback, comments as to how you are getting on! Thanks for reading, I will look forward to hearing from you all and look out for my final post of the 3-part blog on Spirit.