Fitness Fridays: Stay Fit When Under the Weather

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Dr. Perricone’s fitness guru, Wini Linguvic, is a yoga and fitness expert here to help all the Summer Slim Down participants take their training to the next level. She’ll be answering your fitness questions on Fitness Fridays throughout the month of June.

Question:

Hi Wini: How can I keep up with my exercise routine when I am super tired or simply not feeling my best.

Wini Replies:

We always want to sharpen our skill of tuning in to what our body truly needs. Sometimes total rest is the best thing depending on how you are feeling. Yet a few gentle moves done at home could help increase circulation, clear the mind, and get the kinks out on those days you just need to rest.

Consider these short 5-minute wellness tune-ups for those under the weather days:

Mindful Breathing:

  • Sit upright in a comfortable position and start a timer for 5 minutes.
  • Observe the length of your natural breath for 5 full breaths.
  • Extend both the inhale and the exhale by one count if comfortable to do so
  • Continue for the full five minutes, observing the length of each exhale and inhale.

If you start to get distracted place the timer in a place where you can comfortably see it and match your breath to the time. For example, inhale for 4 seconds ,then exhale for 4 seconds. Focusing on the clock is a helpful tool to develop focus if your mind tends to wander.

Wake Up Circles:

The key to this short 5-minute practice is to integrate the breath with each circular movement. Wake up circles are easy to remember even on the hardest days:  make circular movements going up and down the body. Start with gentle circular movements of the head, then shoulders, wrists and feet and finally pelvis. Move twice in each direction, observing the differences in the range of motion between the first time and the second time.

What do you do when you are feeling under the weather?

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