We may not be able to turn back the clock, although certain workouts can give the illusion that we are taking a few years off.
What is the most effective way to make our bodies feel younger? Perform any exercise that makes you nervous. We become more fearful as we age, and this varies from person to person, so whether it’s 10 burpees, dance cardio, or heavier weights, pushing your limits will make you feel younger. We do not grow if we do not allow ourselves to be challenged, and this does not have to be the case!
Scapula contractions and back extensions
We are all guilty of bad posture, whether we spend all day slouching in our desk chairs or curled up on the couch, and it can wreak havoc on our bodies over time. Your body is intelligent and will adapt to whatever you feed it. Your body can become more adept at remaining hunched over, or it can become more adept at becoming more aligned. What matters most is that your spine remains lengthened.
Back extensions and scapula contractions can be done throughout the day to help lengthen the spine. Sit in a chair with your knees, ankles, and hips in a straight line. Maintain a 90-degree angle at your elbows by pressing your elbows straight back against your chair. Extend your thoracic spine as you press into your elbows, engaging the scapula and squeezing your shoulder blades together. This will move your upper back and ribs away from the back of the seat.
360-degree breathing exercises
What many people don’t realise is that breathwork is extremely beneficial to your core. Your intrinsic core muscles are deep and connect to your spine. You won’t have lower back pain if those are strong.
In between meetings, you can do 360 breathwork while working on a computer! Put your fingers around your ribcage, inhale deeply to broaden your lower ribs, then forcefully breathe out through your mouth to engage the core and empty out the abs.
“Try lifting and interchanging legs while deep inhaling to get that extra work in,” Nicely suggested. This embraces the quadriceps and creates a “C” curve with the core, which engages the abs.
What is the simplest movement with the greatest impact? Jumping! An expert posted a video on Instagram of herself performing an impressive jumping workout on a Pilates box. The moves they perform are sophisticated, but even those who are presently lethargic or just starting out can benefit from them.