February 22 is World Yoga Day. Whether you are into yoga or not, this is an ideal chance to stretch yourself. Normally when we talk about stretching yourself at Dux we are referring to academic goals. But today we are being literal – physically elongate your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues.
Your Body is for Life
Our modern-day lifestyle – especially when you are studying for long periods of time – is not ideal from a physical-health point of view. However, as with everything, knowledge is key. Knowing that hours and hours at a desk or in front of a screen or textbook is harmful to your body empowers you to take corrective action.
Without having to take time out of your hectic schedule to fit in hours at the gym, these simple moves are done at your desk:
More Health Considerations
Not only is it important to stretch regularly, but for optimal performance also:
- Drink at least 2 litres of water a day (quickly – before it is all donated to the Western Cape!)
- Stay away from sugary food and drinks.
- Get your blood flowing – walk briskly from place to place, take the stairs, do jumping jacks between chapters or sections.
- Move as much as you can - sit instead of lie down, stand instead of sit, walk instead of stand, run instead of walk.
- Look away from your screen or text book for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
- Maintain a good posture at all times – tuck your tail bone in, tighten your core, soften your shoulders, and keep your ears in line with your shoulders. When using a computer, rest your elbows on the desk.
“Dux dʌks noun
The top pupil in a school or class.”