4 Ways To Reset Your Body After Summer

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It's September and I always feel so excited this time of year.

New beginnings and promising adventures, more so than at New Year, for me. Remembering the start of a new school term, new shoes, new classes and new possibilities, this time of year still provokes that excitement and positive expectation of all the new things to be discovered and learned.

Its so fresh and exciting

To fully embrace the new season with zest and gusto getting your body reset is key feeling on top of it.

Here are 4 ways that I swear by, that get you going first thing and set you up for lovely autumn days.

DRINK A GLASS OF WATER FIRST THING

It’s been said a million times, and I was trying to think of something more original to say to you, but a large glass of water first thing really is absolutely essential to hydrating you after 6 of 8 hours of sleep. Hydrating the body first thing encourages a consistent blood flow to the skin and flushes toxins from your system. Drinking water just helps prevent kidney stones developing and protects the colon and bladder from infections. It boosts your metabolism, helps create new blood cells and muscle cells which gives your whole body a reviving boost.

Let’s do it - One large class, first thing - either room temperature, or warm but not from the fridge. You can add a bit of lemon or mint, but the water is the most important.

MOVE YOUR BODY

Doing some form of nurturing exercise or gentle stretching will really set you up for a great day physically and emotionally. I am biased, because Pilates and/or Yoga first thing in the morning is my personal elixir of life, but I would suggest at least 10 minutes to get the blood flowing, wake up your muscles, keep your spine flexible, get your endorphins going and boosting your metabolism. You will never regret it. I have some videos on my youtube channel that might be useful .

Let’s do it -This one for a Pilates for a balanced body might suit you https://youtu.be/LkUOhp6SEB8

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FEEL GRATITUDE

I cannot tell you how much being in a state of gratitute is good for your body, health and wellbeing. It might sound a bit woo woo but the vibration of gratitute is so high that being in this state is shown to have really positive effects on your psycological health and your physical health too. The research shows that people who are grateful and appreciative also recover more quickly. In his formal GRACE study of recovering Heart Attack patients Jeff Huffman finds that as a result of feeling that in-the-moment gratitude for one’s health this had strong associations with health and recovery. Gratitude is prevetative and restorative.

Let’s do it -Write down 10 things each day that you are grateful for. It can be anything, like having a nice cosy bed, the colour of the sky at dawn, your childrens laugh as they leave for school, your two working legs that get you around, living in a peaceful country. There are literally a million things to be grateful for most of us, and paying attention to them will serve us well.

BE PRESENT

Bringing yourself back into the present moment, and not rehashing a story from the past, or a making a prediction about the future is a great way to stay out of anxiety and overwhelm, and give you that reset you need for a new perspective to get you on track for new adventures and projects.

I can really relate to this as I often get stress and anxiety, worrying about all the demands on my time and obligations I have to fulfill. Being present keeps your stress hormones on an even keel keeping the harmful effects of cortisol and adreneline from wreaking havoc on your health. I find being present helps me get on with my things with more focus and success, and out of procrastination and catastrophising. You can enjoy your life when its actually happening instead waiting for life to happen. It’s a classic but Ekhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now is a really good book on being present and why this is so important for a full and happy life.

Let’s do it -Sit on the floor in easy pose or in a chair and close your eyes. Bring an awareness to your breath. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds and breathe out for five seconds slowing your breath down to 4 breaths a minute (1 full breath every 15 seconds). You will feel present, calm and like time has slowed a little bit. 1-3 minutes is a good start.

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Put your back every so lovingly into it..

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We are only half way through August and I am already thinking ahead to October, when my new Reformer classes will start. Yikkes! There is loads to do and think about and I must admit that I am often forgetting to be present. To be in the Now.

Do you forget to remember the Now?

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
― Ekhart Tolle: The Power of Now

I have been on holiday open and free, but now I am hunched over my computer in overwhelm and I can already feel my shoulders closing in.

Hunching and rolling our shoulders foward is so habitual for a lot of us.

The more time we spend in front of the computer, tablets and phones and the more we are sitting in the office, or whenever our work entails slumping, the muscles on the upper back weaken. They become elongated, and the muscles on the pectorals become shortened and tightened, pulling us forward so our upper back, if not kept in check, gradually curves over. Also, everyday tension and stress manifests in the back and shoulders, so they travel up to our ears creating a super stressed upper back.

Reformer Pilates Classes can help with this as we strengthen the muscles on our upper back to pull us ever so lovingly back into alignment.

In the meantime, keep the shoulders back and down, head held high, open the chest. Walk tall my friend.... (and get a comfortable handbag)... This helps confidence as well (walking talk, not the handbag haha)

How is your upper back? Do you default to slouch? Do you spend hours in front of the computer? Here is a short video focused on the upper back muscles. Strengthening the muscles on your upper back, and lengthening the muscles in your chest, we can slowly train the spine into more natural curves and so the posture improves.

Go on..put your back into it, and give this little set a whirl for an upright posture..