So I haven’t worked out for about 5 days which doesn’t seem like much but for someone who’s been working out every day for the past 2 months it’s a lot. I normally stretch out too but I didn’t do that either this week.
Maybe it’s because of the weather being so hot that I just couldn’t workout but it definitely made me feel more stiff, sluggish and I made bad food choices more often too. I don’t eat completely healthy but rather more consciously and try to incorporate more fruit and veg into my meals.
Today the weather’s a bit cooler so I decided to do a quick warmup instead of exercising properly but I couldn’t even do that. So I did my usual stretches instead and it legit felt SO good. I normally stretch daily for about 20 minutes and it’s a combination of Yoga and Pilates I found on YouTube (I’ll link it below). Sometimes I try to meditate for about 5 mins after but haven’t done so in a while so I did that today too. Time goes so slow when you meditate it’s kinda annoying. I haven’t been able to go past 6 mins without getting fidgety and opening my eyes.
The feeling after doing all this made me remember how good it feels and that I should try my best to pick myself up again. I noticed quite a few differences from when I exercise, stretch and meditate regularly than when I didn’t for a few days. This is what happens when I do it regularly:
- I feel more energised
- Get better sleep
- Make healthier eating choices
- Breathing feels better such as my heart and lungs
- My bad knees don’t hurt as much when I kneel down
- Mood is ultimately lifted
- Scientifically it helps with your blood circulation too
- Helps with lower back pain
- It just generally makes me feel more at peace
- Makes me feel less stiff and more flexible
For those who don’t exercise or simply don’t want to (which is totally fine) I would still recommend you meditate for just 5 minutes a day and try to stretch your body. Meditation is great for practicing stillness when you’re really busy either physically or when there’s too much going on in your mind. Like I said it really slows time down and tests your patience too, especially when we’re used to doing things fast and getting things over with.
Likewise stretching your body takes time as you need to hold each stretch or pose for a few seconds for it to be effective. It’s great for improving blood circulation, flexibility and easing tension from your muscles. It really opens up your chest where your probably hunched over most of the time. It also forces your arms and legs to go against the natural force of gravity since you rarely lift them up over your head.
I used to think it was a little cliché that everyone who has a lifestyle/productivity channel on YouTube encouraged viewers to eat healthy, exercise, mediate, journal, sleep early etc. But in reality it really does work and it’s all been proven scientifically to reduce stress, anxiety and keep your body feeling energised.
I hope you can try and incorporate atleast one of these things into your daily routine. It really does improve your quality of life since you’re treating your mind and body better. It’s something we can easily forget to do so don’t worry if you don’t do any of these already.
As always, thanks for reading! Xx
Nicole Kastoun (25 min full body stretch) – https://youtu.be/X5mR2UbzZ-g