You’d probably give just about anyone five minutes – except of course, yourself. Taking just five minutes can enhance your day, help you lose weight, prevent injury and preserve your sanity. Add just five minutes at one of these points during your day – or go for all five. No excuses. Start right now:
- Before Your Workout: Jumping right into your workout or showing up late for class invites injury. It also makes the whole workout that much harder. When you ease in, your muscles have a chance to acclimate to increased movement and they will be more willing to accommodate your demands. This includes your heart.
- After Your Workout: You finish your last speed drill, turn off the treadmill and head to the showers. What about the cool-down? Like the warm-up, cooling down shows your muscles a little respect – and you know if you show something some respect, it is less likely to act up later on. Physically, your body needs time to come down off of a hard workout – whether it consisted of strength, cardio or both.
- At the End of Yoga: Are you a svasana skipper? Arguably the most important part of your yoga practice, the final relaxation at the end of class helps your practice and lets it sink in. It allows you to clear your mind and utterly let go so you can face the other 1,435 minutes of your day with gusto. If you can’t allow yourself five minutes to sit with yourself – what does that say?
- Before You Head to the Kitchen: Take five minutes prior to getting a second helping or a snack. You may realize something other than hunger is motivating you to eat. If after five minutes, you really want it – well, then, go for it.
- Before You Shift Gears: Just get home from work and storm in the house – what happens? Stress, I’m guessing. If you take five minutes – or even just a minute – before you step into a new situation, you can be better prepared and less likely to lose it with potential irritants.