Dawn Bradley

Exercises to break up your day

Latest research shows that it’s healthier for us to move little and often during the day, as opposed to sitting down all day and doing a one-hour workout. Of course doing both would be ideal!

Here are a few exercises that you can do independently to break up your day of sitting.

Alternate Cat and Cow poses to flex and stretch the spine

Cat & Cow poses

Supine Twist to release the muscles in the back and hips
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Supine Twist

Forward Fold to release the muscles in the back of the body

Forward fold

Downward Facing Dog to release the muscles in the back of the body, shoulders and chest

Downward facing dog

Sun Salutations for a full body workout
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Sun Salutation

Child Pose to release the back, neck and shoulders

Child pose

Plank – an arm balancing yoga pose that tones the core abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine.
Begin by timing yourself to see how long you can hold the pose, and build from there.
There are 3 different plank poses, as shown below.
Important – remember to breathe!

Plank (Phalakasana)

Dolphin (Makāra Adho Mukha)

Low Plank (Chaturanga)

Squats- click on the image for video instruction