As part of our Mens Health Month with Movember we sat down with some of our favourite Twosix Locals to chat about their ideal way to stay healthy and happy and why its important to keep talking about Mens Health.
Local Love and Yin Yoga teacher Hugh Lee shares with us his daily healthy ritual and what he does to keep his body feeling good!
Whats your daily healthy habit?
Yin Yoga and Meditation.
I always meditate first thing when I wake up and meditate last thing before going to bed.
Meditation is now my most important healthy habit. I feel more grounded, centred, less reactive through my day when I start the day with meditation.
Meditating before bed helps me sleep soundly and helps me to let go of the day. Has also helped me manage anxiety.
Yin Yoga has always been very nourishing, replenishing, healing and calming for nervous system an amazing way to start the day and also end the day with tension releasing Yin poses.
Can you tell us what gets you out of a bad mood?
Meditation. It helps me to become self-aware and to see that a bad mood is not permanent and passes just like a good mood also comes and goes. Meditation lets me see clearly the nature of the mind. Meditation helps me to understand that we cannot always control what happens to us but we can control our thoughts about what happens to us.
Favourite type of movement?
Internal Martial Arts which is a form of Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
The movements are very rejuvenating by opening up the meridian channels in the body. Creates and cultivates more chi/energy internally, it’s energising without feeling depleted and exhausted afterwards. The movements conserve energy whilst also mentally calming and centering. It also helps ground me – gets me out of my head and into my body because you have to stay present during practice.
Why do you feel it is important to talk about men’s health issues?
It’s important because even nowadays many men still consider it taboo or un-masculine to talk about their feelings and issues. Suicide rates for men are still very high and I believe we need to prevent this by educating the public more about getting help and support. It’s not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength to be able to reach out and open up and talk about personal issues.
Head over to People + Profiles to get to know the real Hugh and read his 26 things!