June is one of my favourite months; the days are long, the weather is warm(ish), the festival season begins and I celebrate my birthday. While I’m sad to see the end of June, I’m looking forward to July.
Here’s my round up of this month’s health news and an update on what I’ve been up to.
Are you going to any festivals this summer? All that walking, standing, camping and carrying heavy bags can quickly lead to neck and back pain.
Don’t let it ruin your weekend! I’ve put together a short routine of essential festival stretches to keep you fit and pain free. You don’t need any special equipment or clothing, just space to lie down and 3 minutes a day.
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Regular stretching is great! It helps keep your muscles lovely and supple and can prevent aches and pains. Combined with good posture and regular breaks, stretching helps keeps your body in good condition.
I’ve shared lots of stretches on here in the past, many of which are great to do at work. To make things even easier I’ve created a 3 minute stretching routine. Book mark it or print it out and repeat every hour or so.
Try it for a couple of days and see how you feel. Which stretch is your favourite?
Here’s another great stretch for those of you who work at a desk.
1. Sit upright in a chair with your feet on the floor.
2. Cross your right knee over your left leg. Place your left hand on your right knee.
3. Turn your upper body to look over your right shoulder. You can hold on to the chair or support your low back with your right hand. Take care not to lean forwards or backwards.
4. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
5. Return to your starting position.
6. Repeat on the opposite side.
7. Perform 3 times on each side, once a day.
Keep breathing normally while you exercise. Do not hold your breath.
Move gently and slowly. Exercises should not hurt.
If an exercise becomes painful, stop immediately and seek advice from your therapist.
Only perform exercises which have been prescribed or approved by a qualified individual such as your GP, physiotherapist or osteopath. This information is provided for reference only.
Busy month here – we have booked our wedding venues and chosen our photographer. We need to give notice next month and we’ll be almost done, leaving a whole year to concern ourselves with making a brilliant playlist and stockpiling prosecco.
I went to the Harry Potter experience and was not impressed with the butterbeer. Here’s a selfie from the great hall:
I went on a Beginner’s Sewing Class with my friends at Make Thrift London and made this snazzy tote bag and zipped pouch.
Had a nice walk in the rain over the bank holiday weekend. Listening to: Lovely Eggs – Food