No Equipment Needed ✔ Quick ✔ Relaxing ✔

Back at the office, a coffee break meant walking around and moving away from your desk for some time. While working at home, we tend to forget to ever take a break. The desks and chairs we have might not be the best for our backs either. Too little movement makes back pain worse. Movement is and always will be the best cure against backaches. Ideally, we should take a 5-minute break every hour to walk around allowing the blood to flow and letting our muscles stretch, and look away from our laptop screen.

Health coach Tania Koujou will show you a few exercises to prevent stiffness, poor posture, and backache while releasing built-up tension. You only need a few minutes here and there in your day to do them without working up a sweat! These exercises get your endorphins flowing in just five minutes. And best of all, these are moves anyone can do without the need for any equipment whatsoever!  Let’s get started!

Before we go through the exercises, here are a few things you should know:

  1. Repeat every block between two to three times before you move on to the following block.
  2. When taking deep breaths, breathe in through your nose. Let your belly fill with air and your diaphragm expand. Exhale through your mouth while relaxing your belly and let your diaphragm deflate.
  3. Move slowly in and out of these movements to get the most out of this workout.

Time to exercise!

Block 1 Easy Wiggle

For this exercise, stand with your legs apart and your hands joined above your head. Then, bend down and youch your feet without bending your knees. Wiggle your booty. Keep stance for a few seconds. Repeat until you feel better.

Block 2 Cross & Twist

Stand with your legs apart. Bend down and touch your left foot with your right hand while bending only your right leg. Twist towards the back. Your left arm should be pointed towards the roof. Take 5 deep breaths while holding your position and then release. Repeat two to three times while alternating legs.

Block 3 Side Standing Stretch

Stand with your legs apart. Raise both arms above your head. Stretch your left arm with your right. Take 5 deep breaths while holding your position and then release. Repeat two to three times while alternating arms.

Block 4 Hip Circles

Stand with your legs apart. Put both of your hands on your hips. Raise your right leg and bend it at the knee. Make a circle with your leg five times. Shift legs. This exercise requires you to test your balance while making hip circles.

Finally, jump, shake your body, and let your frustrations out! You can go back to your desk feeling relaxed and refreshed now. Do remember to keep your body healthy and happy whilst you work! Don’t forget to drink your water too in this heat.

If you tried these exercises or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can also check the Mint Basil Market blog page for more easy and quick exercises like this one.

May 11, 2021 — Mint Basil Team

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