My Yoga Journey

I have wanted start a yoga journey for quite awhile.  I took some yoga classes years ago and never went back to it due to, now realizing in hindsight, I wasn’t quite ready for the full journey.  It will be good for my body and soul, therefore, I have decided to dip my toe into the yoga pool. I cannot remember many of the poses so I feel that I am a beginning beginner.

One of the reasons that I haven’t been to a yoga class in forever is because I will feel embarrassment.  What if EVERYONE in the class knows all the poses hence I am the only one who doesn’t know them?  When I give it a second thought, however, I know that most yogis want to spread their love and knowledge of yoga so I shouldn’t be embarrassed.  If any group can be understanding of a beginner, it would be this group.

When I look for local classes, I have seen some beginning beginner classes, but they don’t fit into my schedule.  I want to start this journey NOW so I decided to do some research and take the first step.  Much needed information and supplies are a click or stretch away.  As a result of said research, I discovered some wonderful realities.

EVERY JOURNEY STARTS WITH THE FIRST STEP.

What do I need to start this wonderful journey?

Versatile clothes?  Yes!

Informational books?  Yes!

For the mind:  True Yoga: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment

For the body:  Mindfulness Yoga

Especially relevant…helpful videos?  Yes!

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Okay…no more excuses and full speed ahead.

Finally, I would love to know any resources that you cannot live without in regards to yoga.  Please tell me about any music you listen to,  essential oils you use, videos you follow…I want to hear about all your yoga non-negotiables.  A yoga journey update will be forthcoming.  Namaste.

5 Energizing Interval Workouts that You Will Love

here are some interval workouts to use with the tabata stopwatch pro

I absolutely love the Tabata Stopwatch Pro app that I reviewed in my previous post. No compensation was given for reviewing the app…I just love it so I wanted to share it with others.  Here are some energizing interval workouts that you can program into the app and…BOOM…you are on your way to feeling great.

Fabulous Arms

This is a great arm workout.  You can add more circuits as you build up your strength.  This is the what the screen of the Tabata Stopwatch Pro looks like when I input the reps, circuits, etc.  I added a 45 second warm up in order to do windmills and crossovers to warm up my arms.  I actually needed 30 seconds to complete the 12 reps…you can input however many seconds you need to complete the 12 reps.

Total Body Tabata

Warm-up  Interval = 1 minute, Exercise Interval = 40 seconds, Rest Interval = 20 seconds, Number of Sets = 8, Recovery Interval = 0, Number of Cycles = 3.

Bodyweight Booty Workout

Warm-up Interval = 4 minutes (treadmill, elliptical, walk in place, etc), Exercise Interval = 1 minute, Rest Interval = 30 seconds, Number of Sets = 12, Recovery Interval = 0, Number of Cycles = 2, Cool down = however long it takes you stretch out

Legs and Glutes

Warm-up Interval = 2 minutes, Exercise Interval = 1 minute, Rest Interval = 1 minute, Number of Sets = 5 sets, Recovery Interval = 0, Number of Cycles = 2.  BE SURE TO SET HALFWAY BEEP FOR THIS WORKOUT BECAUSE YOU NEED TO CHANGE TO THE SECOND EXERCISE IN THE CIRCUIT AT THE  HALFWAY POINT OF THE EXERCISE INTERVAL.

60 Second Tabata

Warm-up Interval = 3-5 minutes of light cardio, Exercise Interval = 1 minute, Rest Interval = 0, Number of Sets = 6, Recovery Interval = 1 minute, Number of Cycles = 4

I have other workouts that I will be posting at a future date.  Hoping that these motivate you to try the app and get energized.  If you aren’t sure how to do some of the exercises, google them.  There are tons of videos that will show you how to do them.  Get out there and get moving:)

Being a Spectator is Hard Work

Labor Day Weekend usually doesn’t = a huge workout weekend.  It’s usually a time of bbqs, last lazy days of summer and relaxation.  However, I did find a way to get some exercise in…I went to a golf tournament.  Wait a minute…golf…exercise…yesssss!!!!  I wasn’t even playing the game, I was a spectator.

Jordan spieth

I know that many people may think of golf as a sport that isn’t exactly a workout.  I know that the golfers use carts and they swing the club at a little ball.  Many golfers do have a pretty extensive strength training routine because it does take upper body strength and a strong core to get the distance that they need to do well.

Dustin johnson

As for spectators, I will tell you that I got quite a lot of exercise yesterday following my and my son’s favorite golfers around the course.  The grand total of steps (including walking from the car to the shuttle bus, the shuttle bus to the course, around the course and back) was 16,000 steps or roughly 7 miles….whew!!!

Jason day

I was so exhausted when I got home, that I think I went to bed at 8:00pm and didn’t wake up until 7:00am.  It didn’t help that my son would say I want to go to hole ___ which was back the way we already walked and I would say why didn’t you say something when we were all the way back there??  Argggg…teenagers!!!!

Phil mickelson

I didn’t mind walking the distance to see my favorite, Phil Mickelson.  Unfortunately, he didn’t make the cut, but he is always smiling and he interacts well with his fans.  I know that a lot of people think that golf may be boring, but I love to watch it and discuss it with my son.

Justin rose

We also got to see a gold medal winning Olympic athlete, who also always has a smile on his face and interacts well with his fans.  To say that golf isn’t a work out is probably voiced by people who don’t watch it or play it. I am glad that my son is involved in this sport because it teaches dedication, patience, hard work and manners.   And if you want to get some exercise, be sure to attend a PGA tournament if they have one near you…my legs are still tired.

What is your favorite spectator sport?