Thanks to the recent pandemic working from home has become the new normal for nearly everyone. Even though remote working has its benefits like no hassles of traveling, it can at times become tedious too. Due to relatively lesser amount of workout or physical activity and higher mental stress, staying at home has taken a lot of toll on our health. If you too are experiencing a lot of stress and stiffness in your muscles and joints due to lack of workout and exercise, here are some simple exercises one can try at home to stay healthy and mentally fit while working from home.
This asana is very useful in relieving stiffness in upper back and also boost flexibility in lower back while strengthens our core muscles. To perform this asana, you need to first lie down on your stomach and place your palms by your chest upwards while pressing your palms on the mat. Keep your elbows slightly bent and lift your body. Hold the position for a few second and then slowly exhale as you lie back down again. Repeat this for 3-4 times.
When working from home, we often tend to slouch more than we would in an office setting. Hence, in order to straighten your spine, you can practice USTRASANA. This asana is helpful not only in relieving stress in your neck muscles but also helps make your back supple. For this asana, get down on your knees and support your lower back with your palms. Then gently start bending backwards and grab your heels. Let your head hang behind and breathe normally for 6-8 seconds and then gently release the asana. Repeat it for 3-4 times.
Juggling between office and home responsibilities can sometimes leave you feeling tired and exhausted. Some people also experience back pain. Marjaryasana is quite helpful in relieving back pains. You start by bending on all fours while aligning your palms in a line with your shoulders and knees in line with your hips. Then, lift your chest upwards, push your hips back and arch your body as you inhale. Then while exhaling slowly round your back towards the ceiling and bring your chin inwards towards your chest. Repeat the asana for 5-6 times and you’ll feel quite relieved.