Like people, physical activity comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes but squeezing it into your already busy life can be challenging right? We couldn’t agree more but did you know, that as long as you get up and move around, that counts too?
In this blog post, we’re going to dive into our next cornerstone Physical Activity and inspire you to get on track with an active lifestyle that can fit right into your schedule.
Want a simple all-body workout that you can easily do at home without any equipment? One of our very own strivers here at Puori has created one especially for you! Additionally, we have included a short series of yoga poses and ’15 alternative ways to get active every day’ if the workout isn’t for you.
Let’s (star) jump right in…
Cornerstone #2: Physical Activity
We encourage people to enjoy whatever physical activity feels right for them. Based on our experience and sports science, we know our bodies are designed to walk, run, jump, swim and perform.
We are built to use our bodies every day and reach – if not go beyond – what we see as our physical limitations. Physical activity is critical, and has countless benefits.
It makes people feel stronger, sleep better, and live a long life. It is never too late to take that first step, start a healthy habit, or discover the path to a physical active life.
Using the basic principles we talked about in our previous blog post how to achieve a healthier lifestyle with four cornerstones, physical activity to us is:
Quality: Whether winning Olympic medals, doing CrossFit, or taking a long walk, a healthy life is an active one. Quality of movements with proper form will keep you injury free and give you better results.
Sustainability: Find a level you can maintain in the long run, with a proper rest-to-work ratio. It needs to be fun and entertaining. You could get a gym buddy and socialize at the same time – physical activity should not feel like a burden, but a pure joy.
Natural: Natural movements, such as calisthenics and functional movements, are how your body is designed to move through our revolution.
Variation: Your body adapts to the stimuli you expose it to, so to keep making it more flexible, stronger and agile you should mix it up. It can be anything from gardening to a triathlon, or a game of curling with your friends.
Let’s get active!
Janni is a true striver at Puori who loves working out and even runs her own weekly workout club in Copenhagen. If you’ve seen an Instagram story of the Puori team working out, chances are that Janni was behind it. She creates fun, energetic and motivating workouts for people of all levels. She’s therefore absolutely delighted to share her following workout with you:
This workout is 5 rounds of:
- 20 Split squats (10 on each leg)
- 50 Mountain climbers (25 on each leg)
- 10 Push-ups
- 15 Jumping squats
- 30 Shoulder taps (15 on each shoulder)
- 1 min plank
If you liked this workout, you can follow Janni’s Outdoor Workout Club on Instagram for more!
We appreciate that these workouts may not be for everyone - so we’ve created the following alternative inspiration instead:
20 minute full body yoga stretch
Try this nice and short yoga sequence to stretch your muscles (and relax your mind). It’s a great cool-down after a run, a HIIT workout, strength-training or just on its own for days where your mood is set for more slow and low impact movements.
- Cat-cow: repeat for 3-5 times
- Thread the needle: stay for 3-5 breaths and repeat on the other side
- Puppy pose: 5-8 breaths
- Downward dog: 5-8 breaths – options to walk the feet one by one, stretching the back of the leg
- Lunge with overhead reach: hold for 30 seconds on each side
- Low lunge: 3-5 breaths
- Lizard pose: 5-8 breaths – option to hold the back foot with the opposite hand and pull it closer to the sit bones (the bottom part of your pelvis)
- Wide-legged forward bend: 5-10 breaths
- Revolved head-to-knee: 5-8 breaths
- Head-to-knee pose: 5-8 breaths
- Double pigeon: 5-10 breaths, then repeat on the other side
- Seated twist: 3-5 breaths, then repeat on the other side
- Savasana: rest of 3-5 minutes
Next Cornerstone - #3: Recovery
Our next blog post focuses on recovery which is crucial for both your physical and mental health, improving productivity and overall well-being. We’ll also share a little guide with our best tips on how to improve your sleep. Read it now
Previous Cornerstone - #1: Healthy Diet
Missed our first blog post How to achieve a healthier lifestyle with just four cornerstones? Read it here