Keeping active is really important for our overall health and wellbeing. Movement helps to keep the body strong and aids mobility – and it doesn’t need to be an intense cardio session to have an impact! Even simple stretches carried out in the comfort of your own living room will help.
In this post, Anisha, from the Woodside Osteopathic Clinic in Hertfordshire, talks through her favourite at-home exercises. Don't worry about the reps and timings so much, just make sure you get moving and have some fun!
Wall wavingThis simple exercise is perfect for relieving tension in the shoulders.
- Stand with your shoulders against the wall
- Lift your arms up at a right-angle so that the back of your palms are touching the wall (and make sure you maintain contact with the wall throughout!)
- Slowly stretch both arms above your head
- Gradually bring them back down again
Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
Seated neck stretchThis seated stretch will relieve tension in the neck, upper shoulders, back and head.
- Sit on one hand
- Place the other hand gently on your head
- Tilt your head away from the hand you’re sitting on – you should be able to feel the muscles in your neck and shoulders being pulled
- Change sides and repeat (hold each side for 10 seconds)
Complete 2 sets of 10 reps.
Child's pose: stretch and reachThis pose is a nice way to gently stretch your back, hips and legs. Plus, it can help relieve back pain.
- Kneel on the floor – use a yoga mat for some added comfort!
- Touch your big toes together and sit back onto your heels
- Outstretch your arms in front of you, with your torso sitting on the top of your thighs
- Gently lean to one side and hold
- Repeat this on the other side (hold each side for 20 seconds)
Do 2 sets of 15 reps.
Meditation stretchTo perform this calming stretch, follow these simple steps:
- Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together
- Push your knees toward the floor, stretching your inner thigh
- Hold for 30 seconds
Repeat 10 times.
Stand to sitThis simple standing exercise helps with posture, balance and overall strength. Use a firm surface – we recommend a chair, but the edge of a bed or a stool will do.
- Slowly lower yourself down to a sitting position
- Pause for one second
- Slowly stand back up
Complete 3 sets of 10 reps.
Chest outsThis simple stretch aids with back stiffness by stretching out the shoulders, upper arms and lower back.
- Put both arms behind your back and interlace your fingers with your palms facing the ceiling
- Gently push your chest out and pull your arms down
- Squeeze your shoulder blades together
Repeat 10 times.
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Want to find out more about Anisha and the team? Head to the Woodside Clinic website here.