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What I Learned at Yoga Today…

First off, Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to you! Taking some time to remember that this is more than a day off for some of us is important. I attended a yoga class today and the instructor’s word for the day was ‘intention.’ She encouraged us to move through our practice intentionally and with integrity. I thought that this was very fitting for other areas of life as well. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day activities of life. Taking a moment to recognize the others that came before us and made their mark is important.

I attended a hot yoga session at a private studio with two friends. I don’t practice yoga nearly as much as I should, but I occasionally do videos at home. A friend and I discovered this studio last summer and we have been in love with it ever since! Unfortunately, I do not get to attend nearly as often as I’d like because it is a bit of a drive. The instructors at the studio are wonderful, guiding you through each pose and providing alternatives and adjustments as needed. The dim lighting, flowing music, and friendly atmosphere never fail to make me feel complete relaxed and comfortable. I have found that practicing yoga at a studio forces me to think only of the poses and how my body feels. During my practice, I let my mind wander and relax…

A few things that I learned along the way are…

1. I need to incorporate yoga into my life and make it a weekly habit. The stretching is incredibly beneficial for my muscles and hips! Plus, it encourages me to practice my mental strength and patience while holding poses and focusing only on yoga for an hour. There are few other activities in my life that require me to maintain my focus for that length of time! (The downside of no longer being in school!)

2. I need to incorporate a intention into my daily choices and habits. I have found myself saying yes to any and every opportunity within the last few months. While taking chances and trying new things is something that I advocate for, I have a tendency to make commitments without thoroughly thinking them through. With that, I need to focus on exploring new options that will bring positive change into my life!

3. Warrior pose is my favorite. Challenging, but it makes me feel strong. I also love child’s pose for the sake of relaxation!

Smoothie Trio!

Smoothie Trio!

After yoga, we went to lunch at a local cafe. The menu is based on all natural, fresh ingredients and includes unique wraps and salads, as well as fruit smoothies and juices. I treated myself to a ‘Thanksgiving’ wrap with turkey, swiss cheese, and cranberry sauce, as well as a ‘Sweet Carrot’ smoothie. I have been craving smoothies lately, despite the bitter cold New York weather! I am also fighting a cold, so those extra vitamins were definitely needed!

The Thanksgiving Wrap!

And That’s a Wrap!

Do you incorporate yoga into your health/fitness routine?

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Waiting on My Running Mojo

My running energy has recently taken a huge nosedive. No matter the situation: early morning, late afternoon, short run, long run, solitary, or meeting up with a friend-I’ve lost all desire to run! After my trail run in October my body needed some serious rest and recovery, so I took a week off from running and lifting. It was a much needed break for my body and mind! I focused on restoring and repairing my body with nutritious foods, lots of rest, and a few long walks. I kept waiting for the urge to run to return…and it seems I’m still waiting.

Sunshine in New York!

The cold weather here in New York combined with the lack of sunshine (until this weekend!) definitely hasn’t helped my running mojo. I tend to be cold from October to May (and I wish I were exaggerating!). So the cooler temperatures are less than inspiring. In the past, my running fever has started up in the spring and carried me through the summer, cooling off once the fall and winter temperatures set in. I tend to only run outside-I don’t love the treadmill! However, this is the first year that I’ve gotten fairly serious about running and have begun to enjoy it for the sake of running rather than as a means of exercise. Did someone say long run endorphin rush? This means that long runs, the technicalities of running gear, and post run nutrition have become part of my vernacular! I don’t want to lose my running muscles, so I now have a goal to continue with my running though the winter. No biggie right?! Now if only I could find some my running mojo!

My goal is to run at least twice a week. And in the past few weeks I have accomplished that. They weren’t stellar runs, and nothing longer than 4 miles, but I was out there and moving! I did recently purchase some awesome new running gear thanks to discount deals at TJ Maxx: lined base layers and a sweet new orange sweatshirt. That may mean that I now have approximately 4 running shirts that are orange… Apparently that is my running color!

New Warm Running Gear = Amazing Running?!

I ran the other day with a friend and was reminded of how good it felt to be out and moving. It took a bit to get into my groove, but by mile 3 I was feeling good! Thank you endorphin rush! Discussing our upcoming Thanksgiving dessert plans also helped!

Today I have plans to head to the track and complete a ladder workout: (and soak up some vitamin D!)

Track Ladder Workout:

  • 4 Laps (1 mile)
  • 10 Burpees, 20 Push ups, 20 Lunges
  • 3 Laps
  • 10 Burpees, 20 Push Ups, 20 Squats
  • 2 Laps
  • 10 Burpees, 20 Push Ups, 20 Lunges
  • 1 Lap (Sprinting!)
  • 10 Burpees, 20 Push Ups, 20 Squats

Hopefully my happy running face will be returning soon!

What do you do when your running/lifting/other exercise you love motivation is lacking?

Have any tips for cold weather running? (I need them!)

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Mama is Always Right [And other Life Tips]: How to Rock Any Workout

Exercise is a must have in my life. It improves and supports my mood, energy, confidence, and physical health. And I fully believe that everyone should engage in some type of physical activity-even if it is as simple as taking a walk after dinner. The endorphin rush that I get after a workout, whether lifting weights, running, or hiking is amazing. Any negative energy that I may have had has disappeared and I feel as if I can take on and conquer the world. Who wouldn’t love that feeling?

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However, I am not always jumping for joy before my workout. Everyone has low energy, lazy, days. Ironically, those are the days when a workout is the most beneficial-for both the body and mind! So, what do I do when I am looking for some workout motivation and energy?

My Mama’s famous last words: “Go turn some music on and start dancing and you will feel so much better.”

Top Three Tips for Workouts

1. Find a friend. Whether it be your mom (as in my case) or a friend, find someone who will encourage and inspire you to get moving. Bonus points if you can find someone who will join you! A workout buddy is an awesome motivator.

2. Be Stylin’! Wear clothes that make you feel strong, sexy, and are suitable for your activity. Lifting weights? Slim fitting, flattering clothes will allow you to move through your work out easily and show off those muscles! Going for a run? Moisture wicking, light clothing is a must. Be sure that there are no rough seems or fabrics that will cause chafing. Spandex and polyester are your best friends in this zone! Downward dog time? Leggings and slim fitting tops that have higher necklines will help you hit every pose and keep you covered.

3. Set the Tunes! Unless you prefer your workout sans music, getting the right tunes flowing will definitely help pump up your energy levels. This can make or break my workouts. For lifting I love anything from rock ‘make you feel tough’ to pop ‘make you want to dance’ music.

What are you waiting for?! Go get your workout on!

What is your favorite way to get energized for a workout?

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