Unlocking Self-Care: A Quick Guide to Exercise and Breath Work for Busy Lives

Feb 5, 2024

 by Chrissy Shaver

Unlocking Self-Care: A Quick Guide to Exercise and Breath Work for Busy Lives

In the fast-paced rhythm of daily life, finding moments for self-care can be challenging. However, dedicating even a few minutes to exercise and breath work can make a significant impact on your overall well-being. As a trauma-informed movement specialist, I like to incorporate this practice when life gets crazy, these quick tips can be a gentle and transformative way to prioritize self-care. Let's explore a simple routine that takes just a few minutes but can make a profound difference in your life.

Quick Exercise: The Power of One

When time is tight, focus on a single exercise to kickstart your journey to a healthier you. Try a simple bodyweight squat – it engages multiple muscle groups and gets your heart pumping.

How to:

  1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Lower your body by bending your knees, keeping your back straight.
  3. As you lower, extend your arms forward for balance.
  4. Rise back up to the starting position.

Benefits of Exercise:

  1. Boost in Energy: Incorporating this quick exercise routine into your day can provide a natural energy boost, enhancing both physical and mental vitality.
  2. Increased Strength: The bodyweight squat promotes strength and resilience, contributing to overall health and functionality.
  3. Enhanced Alertness: Regular exercise sharpens mental focus, helping you tackle tasks with heightened clarity and efficiency.
  4. Improved Mobility: As you engage in daily movements, you'll notice increased agility and ease, allowing you to actively participate in life.
  5. Weight Management: Consistent exercise supports weight loss, fostering confidence and a positive body image.
  6. Reduced Aches: Over time, you may experience a decrease in body aches and pains as your muscles strengthen and support your body more effectively.
  7. Craving Movement: Cultivate a healthy desire for movement, making it easier to integrate exercise into your routine.

Five Minutes of Mindful Breathing

Pair your quick exercise with five minutes of mindful breathing. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Focus on the sensation of breath entering and leaving your body.  Allow your mind to imagine an ocean and the wave is flowing in and then back to sea.

 Benefits of Breath Work:

  1. Clarity & Creativity: Mindful breathing enhances mental clarity and unlocks creative potential, providing fresh perspectives for problem-solving.
  2. Stress Reduction: Incorporating deep breathing techniques into your routine activates the relaxation response, reducing stress and promoting emotional well-being.
  3. Improved Digestion: Mindful breathing aids in digestion by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting a restful state.
  4. Enhanced Lung Capacity: Regular breath work improves lung function, optimizing the efficiency of oxygen exchange in the body.
  5. Emotional Regulation: Breath work fosters emotional balance, empowering you to navigate life's challenges with greater ease.

Remember, consistency is key. By incorporating 1 quick exercise and a little breath work into your daily routine, you're taking crucial steps toward prioritizing your well-being.

Small intentional actions can lead to significant transformations. You're not alone in this – make it a playful and enjoyable part of your daily routine!