Thursday, August 11, 2011

“Zaryadka” (energizing)--Russian-style morning workout

Hi there!
It's me Svetlana!

The Russians believe in power of energizing morning exercises. Over many generations they developed a simple but effective morning exercise routine that infuses body with energy for the whole day. It is not a vigorous set of exercises and in this way it differs from a traditional Western-style morning workout that usually includes jogging or running, or even a visit to the gym for a vigorous workout. Russian traditional “zaryadka” is a set of various low-key exercises that have one goal: to wake up your body and mind, recharge them with energy and vigor, and get you ready for a long day ahead. The Russians call this routine “zaryadka” which can be translated as “recharging” or “energizing”. You got the idea, right? My mother who is a life-long devoted “zaryadka” enthusiast (off note, my paternal grandma was the same way) swears by it.