Given that I have a lot going on between two tiny children, a shift-working husband, starting part-time work again soon, living with a chronic illness and writing about said illness – I don’t have a lot of time. Long walks, one hour Pilates and yoga routines and gym sessions are well in my past, like the distant past. Prior to Noah I had worked up to 20 minutes of Pilates and 30 minutes of walking at a time. Prior to Wyatt I had worked up to 30 minutes of both at a time. Since Wyatt I have had little energy and even less time. But movement is so important that I must prioritise it if I hope to be well.
So I try to move every day.
I have written about the adaptability of yoga – and that I love that about it – I can use yoga whatever my physical state. Sometimes it’s one pose. Other times it’s a full sun salutation series. There’s also chair yoga, half sun salutations and far more than I’ve ever delved into.
As I go into this very busy 2018, I am making a commitment to myself to move every day.
Here’s an example of how I wove yoga into my day yesterday:
- Half sun salutations before getting dressed
- Forward bend while waiting for baby to drink his bottle before his nap
- Yoga Nidra meditation while baby was napping
- Knees into the chest pose just before bed to relieve my lower back
Yoga may not be your cup of tea, and that’s OK I’d encourage you to set a goal of movement and stick to it. In order to do that you must like your chosen movement. There are a ton of them. Walking, tai chi, Pilates, swimming, aqua jogging, weight lifting…the list is long.
I did some research into some good poses for neck and back release and strengthening because this is really an area of issue for me, here’s what I found:
10 Yoga Poses for Neck Pain and Spondylosis – That Changed my Life – the author includes sun saluations! And knee to chest post!
Here are some oldies but goodies that I’ve shared before:
10 Chair Yoga Poses for Home Practice – chair forward bend is delicious!
Bonus if you’re travelling soon!
How to do Yoga on a Plane -even just seated cat and cow pose will be nice!
Bonus if you want to build some strength while you’re at it:
I hope there are some things here to get you started. I’ll post updates on my Twitter @thefibromama of how my move every day challenge goes. Feel free to post yours! #moveeveryday
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