Motivate Thy Self

Lethargy can creep into any body’s life. Here is how to keep your body and soul in ship-shape.

For a healthy body and mind

We all get those weeks when our motivation goes for a toss. We feel lethargic, fed up and would much rather tuck into a burger and fries than work out and eat healthily. These are some feel good tips and tricks to help you feel happier and bursting with energy.

Shrug away
Take a minute to notice how your shoulders and upper back feel. You carry a lot of tension in this area as a result of stress, daily tasks and driving. And it can create headaches and stiffness in your neck.
So, right now, accentuate shrugging your shoulders up close to your ears and hold for a few seconds, then push them back down and repeat five times. Your shoulders will instantly feel lighter and more relaxed!

Exercise: work those muscles
Side-bends are a great way to warm up and mobilise your spine, and will help tighten your waistline, too. Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands down by your sides, slowly bend to one side, sliding your arm down the side of your leg, hold and come back to centre, then bend to the other side. Repeat 20 times.

The plank
This is one of the most effective abs exercises you can do to strengthen core muscles, which help you maintain good posture and give strength to your tummy and lower back.
Start by lying on the floor, elbows in line with your shoulders, toes tucked under, draw your tummy in and lift your body off the floor, hold in this position for 30 seconds, lower back down to the floor and repeat five times.

Diet: Smoothie that packs a punch
Have this energy-packed smoothie for breakfast — or as an afternoon pick-me-up before an evening workout! 1 large cup of strawberries, 1 large cup of raspberries, 1 chopped banana, 1 tbsp of dried oats, 3/4 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, 1 tsp of natural honey. Mix and drink.

Source: The Times Of India

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