A lot of unsolicited fitness advice tends to revolve around how important it is to devote time to exercise. But some people truly mean it when they say they don't have that kind of time. These are the ones with planners overloaded with appointments and meetings and engagements, for days to come, and those who sometimes forget to have lunch because of their overwhelming schedules. So really, how can you expect a person who doesn't have any time to spare, to carve out a period in their day when all they do is work out?
Don't worry, we don't have such expectations. We understand that you're always on the move, so much so, your phone calls are scheduled to the minute. But does that mean, your body should not get the physical movement, it needs to operate at maximum efficiency? After all, when you are always on the move, you do take your body along, don't you? So if it decides to give up on you, you might have to give up on your schedule. And all that will lead you to, is a dead-end.
Before we get to that, let's figure out a way to sneak in some exercise into your hectic hours. And we deem Yoga, the perfect way to do that. Not only will a few minutes of a few quick yoga poses, give your body the exercise it needs, it will also rejuvenate your mind enough to get back into the schedule you'd been catching up with since the morning with more vigour. And on that note, here's a list of 5 yoga poses for people who are always on the go.
1. Padmasana Or Lotus Pose
This simple, virtually effortless yoga asana can be done for a few quick minutes in an empty meeting room, or the lawn beside your workplace. Easy as it might seem, you'd be surprised to learn the benefits this asana can bring to your body, that range from opening up your hips and stretching the ankles, to increasing awareness and unwinding your brain.
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2. Uttanasana Or Full Forward Bend Pose
Okay, you don't have to go all the way if you aren't particularly flexible. In fact, the key to all Yoga asanas lies in giving it your best shot. A few quick minutes of this yoga pose can be done in a relatively small space, like your office washroom for instance. And those few minutes will go a long way in stimulating your liver, kidneys and digestive system, stretching your hamstrings, calves and hips, as well as relieving fatigue and headaches.
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3. Baddha Konasana Or Butterfly Pose
This yoga asana has been found to be linked with a number of health benefits, and is easy to do on virtually any flat surface, including the bench outside your office. It's great for your abdominal organs, bladder, kidneys, heart and circulation. Like that wasn't enough, this quick yoga asana also does a brilliant job at stretching your lower half muscles like knees and thighs, and has proven to boost mental health and energy levels.
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4. Navasana Or Boat Pose
Okay, so this one is a bit trickier than the rest of the lot, but one that can bring along a host of improvements to your physical health in a relatively short period of time. So we'd suggest you snag an empty room in the office when you see one, and get into the full boat pose. Some of the benefits of a couple of minutes of Navasana include toning and strengthening of the spine and the abdominal muscles, stretching your hamstrings and relieving any sore spots on the legs, and stimulating the kidneys, thyroid glands and your intestines.
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5. Garudasana Or Eagle Pose
Another yoga asana you can do by locking yourself in an office toilet cubicle for 10 minutes, this one is great for balance, opening up your shoulder joints and hips, increasing circulation and thereby reducing soreness of the muscles, and improving your ability to focus and concentrate. Regular practice will also help you achieve stronger arms, legs, knees and ankles.
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Your schedule might not be flexible, but you can be!