I am 15 days into my goal of trying to loose 10 lbs and I feel am doing great at keeping up with a workout routine. I have lost 5 lbs at the half way point and to me that is a good track record.
To me the first 5 lbs was the easy part, the next 5 lbs it what is going to be the challenge. More reps will be needed to keep this weight loss going.
Time to keep of the good work!!
As the month comes to an end I am almost finished with my 30-day fitness challenge. The highlights from this challenge for me is that my stamina is a lot longer. I can now last the reps that are required and feel like I can do a few more. I am also not finding it so hard to get started and that my body wants the workout.
During this past couple of weeks, the Easy 30 Day Challenge wasn’t enough so I also added in a beginner 8 pose yoga routine. This routine was a combination of the child’s pose, downward- facing dog pose, cobra pose, warrior pose 1 & 2, cow pose, Garland pose and the bridge pose. Doing these two routines together really helps with building my strength and balance. I also added a weighted ball to my routine just to give some resistance.
I am going to keep this routine up until the end of the month and move on to the next challenge level. With the next level, I am hoping that I can start losing some weight and building some muscle mass. I knew that wouldn’t come with my first month, as I really just want to build a stamina and be able to get through a full month of working out and enjoying it. now that I have almost accomplished that I can move on and set a new goal.
I wanted to add a little more to my workout plan and thought that yoga would be the perfect fit as it is strength and stretch all in one. I have done some yoga classes in the past but let put it this way I am still very much a beginner.
So being a beginner in the yoga world I have been on the hunt for some great first-time yoga tips and I have to say I have found some good ones that I want to share. all of the ones I have found can be done in the comfort of your own home. So no need to worry about having a crazy life and feel like you can’t make those classes. Or thinking that everyone in the class is going to be better than you. This way you can work at your own pace and build your strength and flexibly.
Here are some of the top yoga poses for beginners that most yogis recommend.
- The Child’s Pose
- Downward Facing Dog
- Upward Facing Dog
- Warrior Pose 1 & 2
- Triangle Pose
- Wide Leg Forward Fold
- Superman Pose
- Chair Pose
- Bridge Pose
- Plank Pose
All these poses are great and you get a full body workout.
I was able to get them to all flow into a really nice routine and had a good hold on each pose for around 10 – 30 seconds depending on my flexibility. I started off with the Childs pose as that was a good one to work into the rest and get the muscle loose and warmed up. When doing your routine try to do a few reps of each pose to get the full effect and don’t forget to do both the right and the left side when needed.
My step one has been finding something that I feel may work for me. I have done diets in the past, joined gyms for a month and tried to do pay as you go yoga classes. My problem is that once i have a week off because of something I may have had to go to for my children or myself like a school dance or sports game then it throws me all off my grove.
This time around I have decided to try an at home app for some easy training. I am trying the 30 day fitness challenge. I started on the first of May and am now on day 3. It has been the perfect amount of exercise to start me off with. The 20 minute workout I have started is their Easy full body workout and I have also have also added in a couple of stretches at the beginning and end of each workout. It’s first couple of days it has been pretty good. Different strengthening technique along with a bit of cardio. I think I may want to move up the cardio part a bit but other than that It has been real good and my muscles have been feeling it the next day.
I will keep you updated on how it goes and what i find for uping my cardio.