For this month our Movement Monday Focus is on How to Boost Energy. If your life so busy that you find to hard to even begin to think about how you can squeeze in a workout, let alone actually implement one into your daily routine, you are not alone. Our society is filled with high pressure, do everything, look fantastic, messages for women. Exercise has been proven time and time again to be not only beneficial, but paramount for every aspect of our well being. Our physical health, organ health, mental clarity, sense of spirit are all supported with exercise. Despite all the evidence and studies done, people still find this one of the hardest things to do. It tends to become a viscous cycle of “I’ll do it tomorrow” which can be discouraging and disheartening especially when you want to improve your life, health and happiness. My recommendation to get yourself started on the path to experiencing those things, is to look for the pockets of time where you can fit in a quick energy boost. Just like you focus on one task at a time to eventually make it through your day of To Do’s – focus on a small pocket of time for your health. Chose your focus, hone in on what your body is asking you for and take small action for big results. If you listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs, I promise. Is your body asking for a nice stretch session because you are tight and sore in your shoulders from computer work? Is your body asking for oxygen and blood flow for an energy booster due to decreased energy level?
Here are some easy to do moves that you can use during these small bits you find in your schedule. Today’s focus will be on raising your heart rate. Primarily because by doing so, you will very likely be addressing the other areas as well.
How to Boost Energy: Increasing your cardiovascular demand and raising your heart rate is what it means to give your cardio a boost. Doing so requires your heart muscle to go to work, to perform, ultimately building it’s strength.
- Raise the Roof: Lifting your arms above your heart requires your heart muscle to work harder. To make this a bit more advanced raise your hands above your head. This will engage the muscle increase cardiovascular strength.
- Add a Knee Lift: Next you can additionally do a knee lift in synch with your arm raise. This engages more large muscle groups, namely, quads, and gluts – think butt, hips, legs. Here’s how it might look: raise your arms above your head. As you lower your arms, lift your knee as closely to your chest as possible, bringing your elbows and one knee to meet. Repeat with the other leg. Then, repeat the entire sequence.
NOTE: If you have balance issues, hold on to something to support your balance with one hand while executing the above exercise using one arm and the alternate leg. Repeat 10 – 15 reps (times) on the same side. Switch hands and repeat to the other side. Then, repeat entire sequence.
Try these out, and come back with an update of your experience. I hope you have fun exploring new and different ways of learning how to boost energy for your life!
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