Six mind body movement exercises you can do anywhere
By Tracy Dye
The great thing about mind body movement exercises is that many of them use your own bodyweight as resistance i.e., you don’t need to break out any fancy equipment or props to get a full-body workout.
For this reason, mind body exercises are perfect if you face the common struggle of finding time to fit exercise into your routine. Below are some movements and stretches you can do pretty much anywhere to improve your health and wellness.
Plank pose is a safe and effective way to strengthen your entire core, improve posture and balance, and reduce painamong other things. It’s also an extremely easy pose to fall into. And although you will definitely be feeling the burn, Men’s Health recommends holding plank for a mere two minutes. Learn the steps for doing plank pose here.
- Downward facing dog
A staple in yoga classes, downward facing dog is a “resting pose” that packs some serious benefits. When done correctly, downward facing dog stretches the entire body, increases strength, relieves tension and improves circulation.
Learn how to do downward facing dog here.
- Standing forward bend
This simple yet effective pose is perfect for releasing tension and increasing circulation after long periods of being saddled to a chair. Forward bends also build strength in the calf muscles and hamstrings.
Learn how to perform a standing forward bendhere.
- Chair pose
Move your swivel chair aside and sink into a deep squat to strengthen your hips, legs and back. Chair pose is also great for stretching the chest and shoulders.
Learn how to do chair posehere.
- Neck and shoulder rolls
Daily activities like driving, working at a computer and even checking your phone can lead to an accumulation of pain in the head, neck and shoulders. A quick and dirty sequence for neck and shoulder pain can be foundhere.
- Calf raises
All you need is a wall for this exercise, which is great for building strength and injury prevention. Learn morehere.
There are several healing mind body movements that you can practice daily. Finding time to take a mind body class (or several) will help you perfect your form and discover a practice that best meets your personal goals.