5 minute yoga while tying your shoe laces
It doesn’t take (most of us) 5 minutes to tie our shoes – not unless you’re wearing those extraordinarily high lace up boots, that is.
But, it’s something many of us do daily, which makes it an ideal time to fit in a few yoga stretches.
Even if the only time you wear shoes with laces is on your way to the gym, this is a lovely little routine to loosen you up before training.
Grab your shoes and head to a chair with a bit of support to get a fantastic 5 minute yoga workout.
Once you’ve got your shoes on, stand with your legs close to one another and your toes pointing forward. Take a large step forward with your right leg. Bend forward at your waist as if to reach your right shoe. Keep your right leg straight, bending your left knee slightly if you need. Tie your right shoe (only do it once, you can double knot it on the next stretch). Hold this pose for 30 seconds to a minute, or until you feel your right calf loosening. Repeat this action with your left leg.
Thigh and glute stretches
Standing directly in front of your chair, keep your legs close together and straighten your spine. Lift your right leg onto the chair (aiming for the arm of it, if you can). Keep your right leg as close to your body as you can. Squeeze your left thigh and glute muscles, then lean into your right foot with your upper body. Rather than bending at the waist, aim to keep your body inline, bending your left ankle slightly if you need. Double knot your right shoe and continue to hold this pose for 30 seconds to a minute, then repeat on the other side.
No, you don’t need a pair of shoes to do this stretch, but first thing in the morning (or on your way to the gym) is the perfect time to loosen your neck muscles. Simply stand up tall, lengthen your spine and drop your hands to your sides. Lower your chin to your chest so you can feel the pull from the muscles between your shoulder blades. Slowly rotate your neck from side to side, making increasingly large half moons each time you change directions until you’ve made one full rotation on each side. Repeat at least once for the full benefit of the stretch.
You don’t need to wait to tie your shoes; you can do this routine just about anywhere, at any time.
Go on – give it a go right now (or at least that neck stretch)
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And, don’t forget, if you’ve got a moment you’d like to spice with a bit of yoga, let us know, and we’ll post a routine, just for you.