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How Yoga Can Help a Sedentary Lifestyle

My travel schedule is often hectic and unpredictable. On average I board a plane once a month, and sometimes multiple weeks at a time. However, in between these adventures I am sat on my computer, clacking away and writing posts for clients, blogs and my own websites. If I’m really in the zone, I won’t move for hours, glued to the screen.

Recently, I’ve been working on managing self-care better through meditation, eating proper meals and even therapy. But one thing that lacked was my will to MOVE. I’ve always been a little lazy and definitely someone who opts for the couch instead of lacing up sneakers. With my current career of writing and working remotely though, this has to change. Especially because studies are showing that a sedentary lifestyle is the new smoking, as it can cause some serious damage to your body. Messed up stuff.

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Coupled with recent bouts of anxiety and frankly, my own health scares, I wanted to find some things I could do that weren’t super strenuous but could lead to daily mindfulness and fitness. This is how I stumbled into yoga, which can be done in a studio or right at your desk. Even a few minutes a day can be a lasting impact. Keeping calm with level breathing, having great circulation, building up your core strength and much more can all come from a quick daily yoga practice.

Yoga Benefits

People will often turn to extremes when it comes to exercise – pounding the pavement while running marathons or joining a boot camp for a million burpee drills. This can be helpful when looking to change an active lifestyle, but there are gentler ways to get active too. I find yoga to be perfect for those who like the idea of setting goals for themselves, need something a little lower impact at first and an activity that often adds a community element too.

Not to mention, there’s a big hang up when it comes to showing up to the gym as a beginner. It can be intimidating. Yoga studios are laid back, welcoming and have you focus on YOU, not anyone else. Joining a group yoga studio, paired with fun outfits and maybe a little low-cost gear all can cultivate confidence and motivation to do your practice on a regular basis. Even if you’re worried about a studio, there’s countless resources online for free yoga videos – and all you really need is some quiet space and a mat.

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Keeping Your life in Line with Yoga

Remember how I just said all you need is a mat? I lied! You can do yoga right at your desk, for real. Trying out some office yoga is a great start to encompassing healthy habits into your daily life. I have designated a new space in our tiny flat that’s just for working, with a desk, lots of light and all the tools I need for a productive day. I’ve also been on the hunt for a new office chair that will promote better posture and alignment while I have to sit for long stretches in the day. If I don’t have an hour to devote to practice, I’ll take a quick break right at my chair to stretch out and get the blood flowing. Some basic arm movements, leg raises and folds can wake you up and keep production high as the work week goes on.

If interested in trying out from office yoga moves at your home workspace or wherever you bang out your 9-to-5, here’s a handy infographic with some key ‘asanas’ to get your started.

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Do you exercise during the week? Do you have a routine for your work day? If you’ve thought about yoga or fitness but haven’t made the leap yet, what’s holding you back?

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Author EileenCotterWright

Eileen Cotter Wright is a Boston, MA expat living in London, UK. She is a freelance writer and owner of group travel site PureWander.com. Despite losing her passport the first day she left her home country, she's continued to roam the earth with gusto for about a decade. You can keep up with her hot mess adventures on Twitter @Crooked_Flight.

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  • Nika says:

    Oh! I’m lacking a good posture too and I can’t ease the pain on my back sometimes. I have no time to go to a gym because of my busy schedule. Thanks for your helpful tips. A pleasure to try all of these.

  • Louise Crocker says:

    I will try these moves our, thanx for the guidance

  • […] My yoga practice is going just peachy, but let’s be real. I got to move my behind way more. Stretching and asanas made me feel active and worked well for a while to keep my heart rate pumping. But as my mental health began to improve, as my desire to be social, get out and, well, eat. And drink. I’ve noticed my weight creeping up again, which is discouraging after I had been working so hard. […]

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