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My Preferred Methods of Exercise

I’ve never been into sports or exercise, and working out regularly has always been something I’ve struggled to make a part of my daily schedule. I’ll keep it up, go several times a week, but then after a while I’ll only go to the gym maybe once a week.

When I lost my job in December, my days and nights were wide open. Eventually, I found myself getting to the gym almost every day because sometimes, it was the only time I’d get out of the house. It felt good because I was beginning to see small progress. Ever since I started working again at the end of March, I’ve been trying to make sure I don’t fall back into my usual habit. It hasn’t been easy, but I just remind myself of that progress I’ve made and to keep getting to the gym so I continue to see more!

I’ve slowly been learning about what certain things do for your body, and that’s helped me gain a better understanding of what I personally want to accomplish and how I can get there. It took a long time, but now I’ve finally found the right methods of exercise that work for me:

Weight training – Over the last few years, Robby has taught me about the different muscle groups and what exercises will work out each one (though I still haven’t gotten them all down just yet). I like doing my arms and my back, two areas I really want to strengthen and tone. I’d say my least favorite areas to work out are chest and, let’s be real, legs. But I still make sure they get some attention!

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Favorite back strengthening exercises: Seated cable row, one-arm dumbbell row, lat pulldown, and assisted pull-up
Favorite arm strengthening exercises: Dumbbell curl, straight-arm pulldown, standing bicep cable curl, and front dumbbell raise

Running – I really, really dislike running, but I’ve been trying to run once a week (even though I find treadmills to be boring). In May, Robby and I began running outside again since the weather had started to warm up. We have a specific route we take that’s close to our apartment complex, and it’s somewhere between 1.5-2 miles. We started running a couple times a week, but lately it’s been tough because of how hot it’s been. I might have to turn back to the treadmill until it starts cooling down again in the evenings!

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It can be difficult to find the motivation and energy to run, but I believe some great music can really help! I put together an upbeat playlist of songs that already get me dancing in my seat, so you bet they help me power through my run (I’m working on a second playlist, but I’m still trying to get the right mix of songs):

  • Club Can’t Handle Me Right Now – Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
  • Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
  • Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
  • Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj
  • Cheerleader – OMI
  • Where Them Girls At – David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rid

Yoga – I take a class once a week, usually on Thursdays. I started doing yoga for multiple reasons: to help with my posture, gain flexibility, practice mindfulness, and help manage my anxiety. I’d love to eventually start going twice a week and then start practicing at home whenever I don’t go to the studio to really help with those goals!

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Favorite poses: downward dog, tree pose, warrior II, cat + cow, and triangle pose

What type of workouts do you like? Let me know in the comments!

My First Experience Taking a Yoga Class

Happy Friday!

I’m one of the many people currently experiencing this wonderful nor’easter. I need to go to Target, but that’s probably going to have to wait until tomorrow or Sunday. So for now, I thought I would share with you my first ever experience taking a yoga class!

The only yoga experience I have is attempting some poses at home. It’s completely different trying it on your own compared to being in a class with an instructor. I wanted to try classes because I knew it would give me guidance on how to do the poses correctly without hurting myself. Plus, being at home can easily distract you.

Last night I went to my first class, which was called Evening Flow. I admit I was a little nervous beforehand because I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. The class instructor, Victoria, was super nice and helped me get situated. I had to rent one of their mats, and she also showed me the blocks and straps that are sometimes used for assistance with poses.

Once the class got going, my nerves went away. Victoria led everyone in a quick warm up before going into a variety of poses, such as downward dog, tabletop, child’s play, warrior, butterfly, and boat pose. She made sure to show the class how to position themselves, occasionally going over to individuals to help them correct their pose.

For me, it was a little overwhelming because I was trying to focus on my breathing along with making sure I was doing the poses as best as I could. I know it’s going to take take time and practice, but I could tell my body was getting a great workout. I do go to the gym, but yoga was another reminder that I’m not very flexible. One girl in the class was like Gumby, bending in all kinds of directions. As I continue, I’m looking forward to achieving different poses without losing my breath!

After class, Victoria told me I’d done a good job for my first time. That was very encouraging to hear! She said I had good alignment, which I was surprised at because I don’t have the best posture (one of the many reasons why I’m trying yoga). I also took a few minutes to speak with her, asking if she had any suggestions for me on what to work on. Apparently my downward dog pose needs improvement (see, going to a class helps!). She also said it’s important to power through holding the poses, something I definitely struggle with.

I can see why people enjoy yoga. Besides the workout your body is getting, it’s a nice way to take a break from the rest of the world so all you’re focused on is what you’re doing in class. One of my goals is mindfulness, and yoga will be a great help with that.

For anyone who’s never taken a yoga class and is considering it, I encourage you to try! I’m really glad I did, despite my nerves. I’ve already signed up for my next class and I’m excited to continue learning more and improving my flexibility and physical strength.

I’d love to hear about any of your experiences with yoga! Share with me in the comments 🙂 Also, for anyone else getting hit by this nor’easter: stay safe and warm!