HACK YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Those innocuous minutes currently devoted to your daily ablutions are opportunities to prime both body and mind for the day ahead, whether you’re heading into work or onto the trails.
While your shower is warming up, drop into a child’s pose on the bath mat – this yoga position softens tension in your hips and decompresses the lower spine. These become tense when sitting at work, so starting your day with a counter-strike will keep your muscles supple.
Next up, brush your teeth before showering – while performing a wall sit. With your back against the wall, squat until your thighs are parallel. Now hold that position by pushing back into the wall and tensing your core and glutes. Remember, that’s a two-minute hold.
Now, feel free to jump in the shower but, when you’re done, switch the temperature down to as cold as you can bear and aim the stream onto your upper back. You’ve only got to stand there for 60sec – that’s enough for the cold water to stimulate the brown fat (read: good fat) deposits to start generating heat. By doing so, they burn calories. That’s right – a cold shower will make your fat burn fat.