So many of us are in that routine now of working from home and sitting at the laptop all day. Some may have proper desks and chairs, others using the sofa or some kind of improvised work space. We are not making our typical commute anymore either so that morning and evening movement to get to work and back has also gone.

Simply put we are moving less and sitting more which leads to a physical and mental slump.

I’ve put together 5 really simple exercises that will shake up your mind and body in the best way; increasing oxygen to the brain and all of the parts of the body that need it, releasing tension in your joints, releasing the happy hormones and reducing the stress hormones.

5 minutes is all you need – Do each exercise for 1 minute

1) Breathing energiser – This will give you a blast of oxygen to the brain and the body and leave you feeling more awake and energised.




2)   Marching on the spot – A gentle on the joints movement that gets the flow of oxygen moving around the body as well as increasing the heart rate to give you a mental and physical boost.


3) Tall stretch – I love this stretch as it releases tension ALL the way down each side of my body and leaves me feeling lighter and more flexible.



4) Forward fold – Another of my all-time favourites, this exercise feels like letting go of tension in my head, shoulders and lower back, and at the same time getting a lovely stretch down the back of my legs. With the head below the heart this calms the brain and relieves stress.


5) Childs pose – This is one of my happy places, a moment of stillness where you can leave everything you don’t want or need on the mat. It’s also a great stretch for the back, hips, thighs and ankles. Below is a simple way to enjoy this exercise.

Try taking 5 minutes out of your workday to give your brain and body a boost, and see how you feel.

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