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SUPPLEMENT YOUR WORKOUTS WITH CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT

SUPPLEMENT YOUR WORKOUTS WITH CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT

Rush, rush, rush. Whatever happened to the idea that the 21st century would be a time of leisure for all? With family commitments, long hours, long commutes and squeezing in some socialising, it is no wonder that health can take a back seat. Hence the rise of quick workouts that fit maximum effort into minimum time.

A  seven-minute workout or a session of high-intensity interval training is fine for those tough enough. However there are 168 hours in the week, so even the most dedicated will only be spending a small fraction of that time in the gym.

That’s where conscious movement comes in. What is it and how does it fit into life?

1.WHAT IS CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT?

Conscious movement can be thought of as ‘mindful exercise’. It means being aware of what is happening to your body as you move. It means thinking about how you do things and how you look after your body. We only get one body so it is worth the effort.

2.WHY SHOULD I DO IT?

We all feel indestructible in our twenties and thirties. Anyone middle-aged will tell you that ‘later life turns’ up sooner than you think, so get yourself fit for it. That means controlled weight, healthy eating, not smoking (as if!) and a sensible attitude to alcohol. It also means keeping moving and flexible. There’s more to that than an hour or two of intense work.

3.HOW CAN I PUT CONSCIOUS MOVEMENT INTO PRACTICE?

Bring on the acronyms! Start with being NEAT: non exercise activity thermogenisis. Which means, simply, adding extra effort to everyday tasks. Then add LISS: low intensity steady state exercise. A brisk walk, a cycle ride or a swim are the classic ways to do this. Yoga, Pilates and similar gentler workouts also hit the spot.

 Try to stop and think about posture whenever you can. Stop before carrying or lifting everyday items, and set yourself up with the correct carrying technique.

Beat the rush – slow down occasionally. Gentler exercise has value too.

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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