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Title: "3-Minute Yoga Flow: Slash Diabetes Risk, Reduce Stress, and Tone Up!"By Anna Maxted for The Daily Mail, Published: 20:07, 28 January 2024

In a groundbreaking study, scientists have discovered that just three minutes of simple yoga stretches every hour can slash diabetes risk by up to a quarter. What's more, some of these exercises can be done right from your desk, without even needing to stand up.

Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University conducted an experiment with 15 young adults who spent eight hours at a desk. Those who engaged in 180 seconds of yoga every hour, including poses like downward dog, cobra, warrior, and mountain, experienced a remarkable 10 percent reduction in blood sugar levels.

But the benefits of this quick yoga routine extend far beyond diabetes prevention. Yoga not only strengthens and lengthens muscles, giving you a more toned physique, but it also enhances stamina, balance, and flexibility. These perks are not only valuable for supercharging your sex life but also for maintaining physical robustness in middle age and beyond, not to mention nurturing your mental health.

Leading yoga instructor Marianne O’Neill, teaching at the Corinthia hotel frequented by celebrities like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Lawrence, affirms the myriad benefits of yoga, not just for diabetes but also for anxiety, stress, and weight management. The best part? It doesn’t require a significant time investment.

Here's a quick 3-minute yoga flow you can seamlessly incorporate into your workday to reap the benefits without missing a single deadline:

Seated Stretch:

  • For beginners, sit on a chair, or cross-legged on the floor.

  • Inhale, raise your arms above your head, interlock your fingers, and push your palms upwards.

  • Lengthen your torso, draw in your core, and hold.

  • Exhale, lean to your left, stretching your arms and lengthening the right side of your body.

  • Inhale, raise your arms overhead, and exhale, lean to the right, lengthening along your left side.

Spinal Twist:

  • Sit cross-legged on the floor or on a chair if it's more comfortable.

  • Open your arms wide and twist from the base of your spine.

  • Place your left hand on your right knee and your right hand behind you.

  • Breathe slowly and deeply, rolling your right shoulder back. Repeat on the opposite side.

Sphinx Pose or Cobra:

  • For a beginner-friendly version, try the Sphinx Pose.

  • Place your elbows on the floor, aligned with your chest, and keep your forearms flat.

  • Raise your upper body, pushing your chest forward, keeping your shoulders back. Hold for 30 seconds.

Downward Dog:

  • Start on all fours, lift your knees off the mat, and raise your hips.

  • Keep your hands flat, press your heels to the floor, forming a triangular shape.

  • Hold for a few moments to release tension and get the blood pumping.

Warrior II:

  • Stand upright, feet hip-width apart.

  • Step your right foot back, turn it outward at 90 degrees, and bend your left knee.

  • Stretch your arms horizontally on either side of you, aligning with your legs.

  • Turn your head to align your gaze with your left fingertips. Keep your spine vertical.

Sun Salutation:

  • Begin in mountain pose, arms down by your side, palms facing up.

  • Inhale, raise your arms overhead, stretch, and lengthen.

  • Exhale, bend forward from your hips, drawing in your core until your fingers touch the floor.

  • Inhale, flatten your spine into a 'halfway lift'.

  • Exhale, place your hands on the floor, step back into a plank, and flow through cobra and downward dog.

  • Inhale, step or jump to the front, halfway lift.

  • Exhale, bend forward. Inhale, roll up, and reach your arms overhead.

  • Exhale, return to mountain.

Set a timer on your phone and dedicate just three minutes each hour to this micro-session of yoga al desko. With consistent practice, you can enjoy the holistic benefits of reduced diabetes risk, lowered stress levels, and a toned body without compromising your work commitments. Make your health a priority with this simple yet powerful routine!


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