So we all know yoga is good for us. But do we actually know WHY it’s great? Of course there is the stretching which is beneficial for muscle repair and pain reduction of tight hips and backs. However the different positions, inverted or twisted increases blood flow to areas that can be neglected during the day. One of the best parts of that is increased energy. I don’t know about you, but I feel perpetually tired. All the time. So this is good news for me! Yoga also helps reduce stress, chances for chronic diseases like depression and anxiety, and can reduce blood pressure. You may feel like these aren’t health conditions worth worrying about yet, but it’s never too young to start thinking about your long term health.
One issue with yoga though that I was just recently introduced to though is specific to athletes. Yoga is really good for increasing flexibility and injury prevention. HOWEVER if you do yoga too often, you may change your range of motion which could negatively impact your sports career. Of course though in order to over do it you would probably have to do yoga every day or more. Twice or three times a week is probably the most recommended.
But yoga definitely offers more benefits than not. Not only can it make you more physically healthy but mentally as well. Many people claim a sense of calm and serenity after completing a yoga session.
If you want to make yoga a part of your health and fitness regiment then there are a couple things you can do. You can join a studio, which may be expensive. You can also buy DVDs and do them at home. Even cheaper you can find YouTube videos!
Get out there and get stretching!
Alright ladies so listen up. I have to confess a little something to you. Since my graduation in May, there’s a lapse between now and when my job starts in December so I have a lot of time to do a bunch of stuff. My roommate really wanted to go to Zumba. My immediate reaction was like “NO. NO WAY. I just don’t want to hop around with old ladies. And it’s my birthday.” (It really was my birthday, but for some reason that didn’t excuse didn’t work.)
So we went to Zumba.
Let me tell you something.
Zumba. Is. The. Best.
I had so much fun! It’s the right amount of challenging, the music is so much fun, you get to shake your hips a whole bunch, I mean really what’s not to love! For those of you who don’t know, Zumba is basically a very simply choreographed dance designed to get you jumping around and your heart pumping. The first day I went was hilarious because I didn’t know any of the routines, and then the second time was pretty difficult which showed me Zumba is not just fun and games all the time.
On a fitness note, I think Zumba is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn some extra calories during the week. HOWEVER I would not use it as the foundation to your cardio regime. I think it makes a great supplement.
If any of you do Zumba or have done it, message me and ill post your responses to your thoughts on Zumba!
Have a great weekend!
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I don’t think I ever introduced myself! One of the comments I received from the survey was that readers knew who Irene Chavez was, but they did not know Ruth Nan. Pardon my rudeness! So, I’m a 22-year-old living in the midwest, working at an 150-year-old company as a Junior Project Engineer. I…
Finally have WiFi in my house! Yay! I have been going to the local Chick-Fil -A to post but now I don’t have to.
On a COMPLETE side note from anything fitness related, I want to drop my two cents about the MTV VMAs this last Sunday. Everyone is talking about a certain inappropriate performance, that I refuse to endorse by using names. I would just like to point out, that the faces of other music genres, radio hosts, news broadcasts ect. all made a point of obsessing about this performance and prolonging the effect the performer wished to create.
What I find interesting, is that Justin Timberlake gave an incomparable performance as did Bruno Mars. They clearly prepared for those stage minutes to give their audiences the best show they could. Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift looked beautiful, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert powerfully performed their controversial song Same Love, and the first time performance of a meaningful song by Katy Perry was fun and heartwarming, but none of these artists get to share the spot light. I’m not saying you can’t talk about the ridiculousness of dancing teddy bears, but I do hope that you when you do, you also spend time talking about the people who deserve it, and take their careers seriously.
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Hello Hello Hello!
I apologize for my absence! There has been so much going on; I’ve moved into my first house, traveled across quite a bit of Europe, drove across the country and dropped my phone in the sink.
I hope your summer was as fun and adventure filled as mine was. I just graduated from the Air Force Academy in May, and after graduation they give you 60 days of paid vacation before you have to start your job/be a grown up/start real life. So, for those of you that are curious, the reason I’ve been MIA these last 2 months in short is this:
I went to Hawaii to visit my best friend (Alexa from One Media) who got stationed there. We went paddle boarding. It was fun. **Side Bar** Paddle boarding and surfing are both great workouts. Wear sunscreen!
I watched my friend Jen (from the One Future blog) get married! She was the most spectacular bride. **Side Bar** reason 346 to stay fit: So you can look good in your bridesmaids dress/wedding dress. And trust me, Jen looked stunning.
I then stole my friend Jen away from her husband with my other friend Melissa (from the One Dress blog) and we gallivanted around Europe. SO much fun. We went to Dublin, Barcelona, Rome, and then London. Yes we were there for the birth of the Prince, and London got REAL excited about it.
While we were in Dublin, we met up with Delaney (from the http://www.onequay.org/#!one-spirit/c1yzj), Irene (from One Guide), and Haley (also from One Future). How cool is that?! So many of us together OUTSIDE the boarders of the US.
However traveling abroad has made me realize how proud and happy I am to be American.
BUT funny story, on the plane back to the US from Europe, my friends and I were eavesdropping on a conversation between a mother and her children. The kids were asking their mom if they were going to get fat while they were in America. The mother replied with legitimate rules and regulations on how to avoid gaining weight while they were in the United States. At first I thought it was hilarious; this was a serious concern for this family’s week vacation stateside? But then I was humiliated. This was a REAL concern for this family.
So that leads me back to the very purpose of this blog. Things change. Reputations change; meaning we can change the stigma that America currently holds. We don’t have to be so weight conscious, but we can definitely be health conscious. For those of you that are overweight, no worries! Changes can happen. How it happens is up to you. But here are some quick and easy rules I think that if you focus on will help you.
1) What you focus on manifests. Treat yourself well, encourage yourself and support yourself. If you don’t like yourself, fake it, and eventually you will, making it easier to take care of yourself. If you already like yourself, awesome! Now treat yourself like you would your best friend.
2) Get your heart rate up at least once a day. It speeds up your metabolism, and helps increase blood flow around the body which is important for good health.
3) Forget the scale. Use the mirror. The results will show themselves over time.
4) As far as food goes, if it rots its more than likely healthy. Twinkies don’t rot, but raspberries do! So if you have a choice between the two… obviously choose the raspberries.
Oh and lastly. As I said earlier, I just moved into a new house (which has been a hilarious experience) so I don’t have WiFi, and I dropped my phone in some water so I don’t have 3G either. When I post will be sporadic but I promise I will give you at least one post a week at minimum.
Look forward to next week!
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