Healthy Body Basics

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Short on time but know you need to exercise? Adding small bouts of exercise — as little as one minute — into your day can make a big difference to your health and your well being. Here are eight workouts to get you moving and working on the five pillars of fitness: cardio, mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance.

Cardio keeps your heart and lungs healthy while circulating oxygen and energy throughout your body. You can get your cardio in at home, work or anywhere you have the time and space to perform a no-impact movement like marching in place or jumping jacks.

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It gets more difficult to stay warm as the winter temperatures drop. Putting on more layers of clothing or doing cardio can help keep you warm, but yogic breathing techniques and movements can also increase your body temperature right away.

Twisting stimulates circulation, creating a heating effect in the body. But before starting a twisting practice — seated, split kneeling stance, or while on your back on the floor — it's important to follow these guidelines:

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Your feet are the foundation for almost all movement. But most of the time they're stuck in inflexible footwear and tend to be forgotten in our self-care routines. Keeping each foot mobile, strong, and flexible is important for improved posture and movement.

Walking barefoot in public isn't really an option due to safety and health concerns. But exercising barefoot in the safety of your own home is a great start building foot strength and flexibility. 

Exercise 1:

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Breathing is the most natural thing we do. But how often do you really take a deep breath? Breathing is an involuntary and automatic process, but it’s one bodily function that we can voluntarily change and control.

When you’re busy, anxious, or stressed, you may notice that your breathing pattern changes – you may be taking shallow breaths, holding your breath or even gasping. This is the best time to take a deep breath.

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Have you thought about your posture lately? Probably not. We tend to live our lives without giving much thought to how we stand, sit, or sleep until we experience an ache, pain, or injury.

Poor standing posture can include locked knees, rounded shoulders, or a misaligned head or neck. Slouching or slumping may hurt your spine, affect your balance, and decrease your flexibility.

With poor standing posture, you may feel: