Ellie Goulding is a fitness junkie, and often takes to Instagram to share her workout tips, from boxing sessions with coach Shane McGuigan to sweat sessions at Barry’s Bootcamp. And now, she's letting you in on the first piece of her daily movement pie: a sub-three-minute stretch routine.
In the video, the 32-year-old, who married husband Casper Jopling in September, performs a range of different Vinyasa yoga positions with the relaxing sounds of Nao's ‘Bad Blood’ playing in the background.
For her caption, Ellie wrote: ‘Yoga bum. I was a bit distracted by a camera person outside but you get the gist of this detoxifying stretch routine I do most mornings. I usually wake up feeling groggy and this feels like it pumps the blood back round again. Music by Nao.'
(Quick re-cap: while a lot of teachers use the term 'detoxifying' with regards to yoga poses, this is not scientifically accurate – your liver is the only thing that 'detoxes' your body, by removing toxins from your blood.)
Thanks to being a super speedy practice, this is one way to inject some extra movement into your day first thing – even if you'll never be a 'gym at 6.30am' type.
Speaking to Well and Good in a previous interview, Goulding explained the link between her morning yoga and mental health.
‘I think people sometimes don’t make the connection between working out and mental health, but I think there’s something about keeping the blood pumping every day and making sure that the circulation is good.’
‘I feel so much better about myself when I’ve done a workout, even if it’s not hardcore. I just feel that endorphin release and that energy.
'I think it’s important to respect your body and to listen to it and to keep yourself agile, keep yourself moving. For me, it’s one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mental health.’
From Harper's Bazaar U.K.