- Traci Copeland, Nike Master Trainer, yoga instructor, and fitness model
And while it may be tempting to use an all too precious break to optimize your burn with something like HIIT (high-intensity interval training), there are compelling reasons to occasionally slow it down and, well, go with the flow. For starters, yoga offers important mental health benefits, and science shows that it reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. Plus, it's a good-ass workout that's been proven to do the following; improve flexibility; build and maintain muscle strength (protecting from conditions such as osteoporosis, back pain, and arthritis); workout critical cartilage that's often otherwise neglected; improve balance, increase blood flow to the body's cells, enhancing their function; lower your resting heart rate; increase endurance; and more.
This particular work-from-home yoga flow will get your blood pumping—it's led by a Nike master trainer, after all—but it'll also provide you with some much-needed chill as you deal with a never-ending barrage of emails, almost always too-long and often unnecessary Zoom meetings, and superiors in the chain of command that are sometimes irksome solely because they get to be the boss of you. It's great for all levels and requires nothing but a mat, a little under half-an-hour of prioritized self-care, and presence. "You owe it to yourself," says Copeland.
You know she's right—so hit pause and press play on the video to give your mind, body, and day a much-needed reboot.
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