When you wake up, what’s the first thing you do? Squirm, stretch, and yawn. After all, it helps get your body going.
Now get into it with a deep stretch-and-breathe yoga session, and your body will really be going, says physical performance coach Richard Lockstone from St. Lucia’s The BodyHoliday LeSport, one of the world’s top wellness resorts. Having trained clients ranging from athletes at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics to desk-bound, tension-riddled accountants, he knows proper stretching and breathing are key to any performance.
Stretching strengthens your muscles, ups your flexibility, and promotes recovery. Plus, it relieves tension, improves posture, and calms the mind. Meanwhile, proper breathing can help you power through a workout, lower your heart rate, and even burn fat.
So whether you’re looking to perform on the track or at the office, the deep stretching and breathing in this yoga routine from Lockstone will help keep your body at its best.
Do this routine any time: first thing in the morning, after a workout session, or just before bed. Just remember to take your time. It’s not a race.