Take this 30-Second Break to Calm and Recharge Your Mind
Dr. James Levine, Director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative for the Mayo Clinic, coined the phrase "Sitting is the New Smoking." Our sedentary lifestyle has caused a disturbing surge in the amount of preventable dis-eases we now endure. The gift within the tragedy lies in a radiant phrase I coined years ago:
The consistent and small changes that you make throughout your day creates and maintains Radiant Health.
Let's combine these phrases and put them into practice right now.
Brain Massaging Work and Study Tips from The Body Whisperer
What to do
Stretch the muscles of your chest for 30 seconds at least 3 times daily or for 30 seconds for each hour of work or study.
Why do it
Many of us have protracted shoulders (shoulders pulled forward) because of the countless hours we spend sitting in front of the computer, reading and standing with poor posture. Protracted shoulders increase risk of injury, our range of motion, pain and inflammation. I teach 3 stretches that I truly love which will correct the imbalance. The stretch in this article is the first and easiest stretch to do and offers the following benefits:
- Relieves neck and back pain
- Improves posture
- Prevents disorders of the neck, arm, back and spine
- Increases energy and circulation
- Improves oxygenated blood flow to the brain
- Calms, energize and clear the mind
- Helps you think and perform better at work/school
How to do it
You will receive more benefit from this simple 30 second exercise if you stand up. However, it is important for you to "know thyself." If you are one of those work-a-holic types who cannot imagine standing up in the middle of an important work project or a marathon study session, then do it sitting down. Your body will still reap tremendous benefits from the extra oxygen.
- Stand up with your feet placed about shoulder width apart
- Bend your knees slightly
- Tuck your tailbone under
- Gently pull your shoulders up, back and down
- Place your palms at your lower back as pictured
- Relax your shoulders down
- Keep your neck relaxed
- Breathe in, lift your chest up slightly
- Breathe out, pull your elbows in towards each other
- Repeat 3 times
- Relax your arms at your sides
- Get back to work/study