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.
This week has been step one of my road to a healthy, happier life.
I am starting this blog as my push to get fit, get toned and most important to be happy!
I am not a heavy person and would defiantly put myself in the average body type. I am also not unhappy with the way I look i just would like to feel more comfortable in my own skin and not always look at it as the the ugly mom body. As summer is just around the corner I would like to feel a little more comfortable wearing my shorts, t shirt and of course my swimsuit. I have noticed as I have gotten older I have done a lot more covering up than I used to. I guess that comes with age and maybe being a mom could have something to do with that too!
So here it goes. My time to change and be happy with me and how I am and am going to be. My goal I am looking to achieve, is to feel more active and get out a whole lot more. I want to spend time with my boys running around and playing. Taking them on adventures and not having to worry about getting tired doing it. Not that this have ever happened to me in the past but you never know, tomorrow could be that day where I just cant keep up with them and I really just don’t want that.
My other goal is to look for tasty recipes that are healthy for me and my family. They will have be fast one as my week day evening don’t have tons of time.
I would also love to hear from you. All you fitness freaks with amazing workout routines, you foodies with great cooking ideas and all you extremely happy people, please share as I would love to hear what works for all of you.
I want to end this with a great quote i read “The best project you will ever work on is You!”