We all know we need to work out several times a week for optimal health. Exercise makes us feel great, look great and improves all round energy and health. But, it’s easy to get into a rut and skip our workouts – because we’re tired, or stressed. But these are the very reasons that we SHOULD make the effort to get that workout in! And if you’re not an early morning person, then after work is the perfect time to get in a workout and wind down in good, healthy style.
Sitting at a desk all day, sitting in a car or public transport and staring at screens can play havoc with your body, and often your back. Muscles become tight and inflexible, which can age you and cause pain.
Six Minutes to Stretched Out
This simple stretching routine will take 6 minutes after work and loosen your lower back and open your hip flexors. Spend two minutes on each for instant relief!
Start on your hands and knees, then push your hips up towards the ceiling. Straighten your arms and draw your shoulder blades in, pushing your feet against the floor.
Hip Flexor Stretch
From your knees, place one foot forward in front of you. Keeping your back upright and foot planted, lean forward through your hips to stretch the front of your rear leg. Repeat with the opposite side.
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Lift one ankle up and rest it across the opposite knee. Reach underneath the lower leg and pull up towards your chest. Repeat with the opposite leg.
If you can follow this up with a run or exercise class, so much the better, but if not, just 6 minutes of stretching will keep you more flexible.
Make it Special
And, to make the exercise something you look forward to, make sure you add in a few treats – gorgeous beauty products or a delicious healthy snack could be just the ticket for that little bit of extra motivation afterwards!
If you’re a water baby, or your exercise is of the lovely outdoorsy nature, grab yourself a Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF50+/PA++++. The UV block formula SPF50+/PA++++ protects skin against UVA and UVB with 80-minute super waterproof function.
Perfect Workout Skin
If your skin tends more toward the oily side, then exercise and sweat can cause additional breakouts. Stop this from happening while still looking gorgeous and even-toned while you exercise, with Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF 40 (Combination Oily to Oily Skin).
Don’t you just love that feeling of having a shower after a good workout? That clean, fresh feeling, and you KNOW you’ve done your best and are going to sleep like a baby! Make it even more special and rewarding with a spritz of L’Occitane Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette. This delicate floral bouquet pays homage to the beautiful scents of flowers. Leaves a fresh and velvety scent with Grasse Rose, Bulgarian Rose, Moroccan Rose, Turkish Rose.
Coming up next…
So, get out there and work it out. You know you’ll feel and look fantastic! AND, you don’t want to miss my next post, where I will break down exactly how to create your own spa experience to relax mind and body, in the comfort of your own home! Keep an eye out, it’s packed full of great tips! ‘Til then, beautiful ones…