Going through a flow of poses can be either a spiritual sweat session or a special kind of torture. The key to filfillment: finding the style that complements your fitness goals and your mood.
Yoga is kind of like sex. (And not just because of the interesting positions.)
For a practice rooted in simplicity, it has become a tad bit complicated and intimidating (like Bikram and Kivamukti) to general (like flow and restorative). With the increasing number of choices in the yoga world, new students could definitely be overwhelmed.
But also like sex, the endless options mean you never have to settle for a lacklusters session or the same variety every week. After all, sometimes you want it fast, other times slow, sometimes you want a lot of talking, sometimes you want silence. Here, we help you find the right practive for your mood so you walk away satisfied.
Yoga Fast Flows
In the yoga world, classes abound for women (and men) looking to move quickly, slim down and maybe fast-forward through most of the chants and meditations. Classes in this group which tend to have names like Dynamic flow and Power Yoga are heavy on speedy sequences, keep the music modern (think Adele and Prince remixes, not Enya), and take more creative liberties with their poses and sequences.
Some of the boom on this end of the spectrum can be considered good for those who want to add yoga into their routine but crave an equivalent to the sweet drenched endorphin rush that they get from their cardio kickboxing class.
If you love the heart pumping muscle-building benefits but want something more traditional, Bikram may be more your style. It always flows through the same 26 postures every class but in a streaming hot studio (upwards of 105 degrees!). It should be noted that “hot yoga” is not synonymous with Bikram. Other heated varieties are typically a bit cooler and take more freedom witth poses. (Some people say they are cheap imitation of Bikram, while others say they’re a passable alternative. You decide.
If you can’t stand the heat, look for vinyasa-based classes, which move through sequences of various speeds but focus more on your body position. So instead of just calling out poses, your teacher will actively adjust you and stress different cues (like “inner thighs back and wide” or “active hands and feet”).
The reason some teacher are so hand-on. It can ofter be hard to understand which way to bend or twist by just listening to verbal cues. This way, teachers are able to place you in exactly the right positon so you know how it’s supposed to feel. (If you prefer not to be physically adjusted, you can always tell them before the class starts.)
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1. Grasp a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing each other, and lie faceup on a flat bench with your feet flat on the floor.
2. With a neutral, shoulder-width grip and straight arms, hold the dumbbells directly above your forehead.
3. Keeping your upper arms locked and perpendicular to the bench, bend your elbows and lower your forearms toward the top of your head.
4. Pause briefly when your elbows are bent just past 90 degrees, then reverse motion by pressing back to full arm extension.
- Keep your lower back pressed against the bench throughout the movement.
- Keep your upper arms in a fixed position and your elbows in.
- Keep the rep speed slow to ensure control of the weight throughout the entire range of motion.
- Bounce or use momentum at the bottom of the movement, because you’ll take the focus off the triceps.
- Compromise form in an attempt to lift too heavy—this can put undue stress on the elbows and lead to injury.
- Let your elbows flare out to the sides; press upward and stop a few inches short of locking out your elbows.
ODDO’S BONUS TIP
You can also do this move one arm at a time using dumbbells, or a cable machine with a D-handle.
Why Interval Training?
Burn More Calories:
1. You will burn more calories alternating “intense” exercises with lighter ones. The more intensely you workout (even for a few seconds), the more calories you will burn.
Build up Stamina:
2. Your will build up stamina with interval workouts. As you perform more intense exercises, you will be able to sustain higher levels of resistance and time.
3. You don’t need any special equipment apart from dumbbells and a balance ball.
This workout is not easy because it requires a lot of rapid changes but you will lose more weight with interval workouts. Before long your pulse will be racing and your muscles well worn; but trust us, it’s worth it! You will love the results.
The Interval Program:
Alternate “Cardio” with Weight Training.
The basic plan is to alternate intense bursts of cardio with weight training exercises. But before you do anything, make sure you warm up. Even two minutes of cardiovascular activity on a bike, stair master, or simply jogging up place will be fine.
Warming up your “Warm-Up”.
Once your muscles are limber, add resistance to you workout and intensity. Do this for about 3-4 minutes.
After the brief cardio activity. it’s time to focus on weight training and developing specific muscle groups. The program should have an intense Cardio Break in between each weight training exercise.
The Cardio Break is a quick, intense burst of cardiovascular activity, like riding a bike at level 9, for 30 seconds. Once you have finished, perform the next weight training exercise.
Your 30-minute workout will look like this:
1. Warm-up (3-4 minutes).
2. Brief cardio workout (3-4 minutes).
3. Squats for thighs (4 minutes).
4. Overhead Presses (3 minutes).
5. Alternate Lunges (3 minutes).
6. Swiss Ball Press (3 minutes).
7. Hip Lifts (3 minutes).
8. Cool down and stretch (3-4 minutes).
3. Squats for Thighs. (4 minutes)
You will need a balance ball for this. Stand in front of a wall, and place the ball in between your back and the wall.
Stand with hips wide apart and out in front. Lower your body until your knees are bent at almost right angles.
Then perform squats in regular sets of 10-12.
Repeat in sets of 3 each time you perform the 30-minute workout.
Cardio break (30 seconds).
4. Overhead Presses (3 minutes).
Use dumbbells that are just heavy enough to make you break a sweat but not too heavy that you will find it difficult to do presses.
Position the dumbbells to each side of the shoulders with elbows below the wrists.
Press dumbbells until the arms are full extended upwards.
Repeat in sets of 10-12 repetitions.
Cardio Break (30 seconds).
5. Alternate Lunges (3 minutes)
Stand straight and hold dumbbells on the sides of your body.
Place one foot forward and bend knee at a right angle into a full lunge.
Then step back and repeat with the other leg.
Make sure your front knee does not extend beyond your toe when you are doing the lunge.
Do one set of 10-15 reps.
Cardio Brake (30 seconds).
6. Swiss Ball Press (3 minutes).
Lie back on a Swiss ball and bend knees at 90 degrees.
Place dumbbells on your chest and extend arms vertically in a bench press.
Perform about 10-12 reps.
Cardio Break (30 seconds).
Here are 7 favorite fitness accessories that make for a perfect home gym. You can go with just one thing or even all of them! TRX Suspension Trainer: This allows you to do thousands of exercises using your body weight and you can anchor it to a door at home.
You can check out my review of my favorite TRX class here. Bosu Ball stand on it while doing shoulder presses, curls or squats to get an added core bonus or use it for some killer crunches.
Kettelbell or Kettelbell Set:
This is one of the best pieces of fitness equipment out there! You’ll get a cardio burn (up to 20 calories per minute!) plus strengthen and tone every muscle in your body. But make sure you learn how to use it with proper form first so you don’t get injured!The Kettlebell exercises are a serious physical workout that is great if you have been trying to find the streamlined answer to develop lean muscle and lose fat. The kettlebell exercises are gaining in popularity and are seen by professional trainers; as a very effective workout program. The exercises are regarded to be very effective for weight loss and for increasing one’s muscle mass, stamina and endurance. The best thing about the exercises is that they involve the movement of large muscle groups and comes up as a complete workout for the whole body.
It always great to have a few sets of dumbbells at home. I like these since the vinyl covering will help protect your floor from scratches. Adding a pound of muscle mass will cause you to burn up to 50 extra calories per day, even when you are just sitting down. Imagine how much faster you could lose weight if you replaced 10 lbs of fat with muscle? Plus, on a normal diet, you lose muscle mass along with the fat. This slows your metabolism and causes you to gain weight when you eat normally again. If you add muscle mass instead, you keep burning more calories and are more likely to keep the weight off.
10 calories per minute…simple, easy, effective cardio in a hurry! This is one of the simplest, yet most effective exercises one can do. In just 15 to 20 minutes, jumping rope will give you an unparalleled total body workout. Jumping rope is ideal for cardiovascular endurance and enhances performance in virtually any sport – tennis, basketball, football, skiing, volleyball and more. This simple exercise is also great for eye-hand coordination, lateral movement, foot and hand speed and agility.
Bodylastics Resistance Bands:
These are a great compliment or alternative to dumbbells and I love this Bodylastics set since it has many different levels of resistance. In fact, you can even stack a few together to really feel the burn! Plus it comes with door anchor attachments and the bands are super strong so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.
Perfect for core work, sit on it for shoulder presses, lay down for chest work, prop your feet on it for pushups or use it against the wall for squats. It’s an inexpensive accessory that will really amp up your workouts! An exercise ball fitness program will give you a total body workout that will target core muscles, such as the abdominal, hips, and lower back. The exercise ball workouts require the muscles to constantly work to keep you balance giving muscles a consistent workout. The benefit received from the Exercise ball workouts are huge it improves postured, increases weight loss, builds muscle mass while toning sculpting your body.
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Yogis think of the spine as the wire that makes the body hum. They talk about chakras and whatnot, but the bottom line is this:
The spine is responsible for sending messages throughout your body, and when you're hunched, the pathway isn't as smooth. Yoga strengthens the muscles that extend and realign your spine so your vertebrea aren't squished.
Try it: Entended Side Angle Pose:
Stand with your feet about four feet apart and turn your left foot out about degrees.
Extend your arms, palms down, at shoulder height.
Bend your left knee until it's over your ankle.
Flex from the waist to the left and place your left hand outside your left foot. (can't reach the floor?
Place your elbow on your knee or your hand on the inside of your foot.) Reach you right arm over your ear and turn your chin toward your right armpit. Look up and take five slow breaths. Return to standing and switch sides.
Repeat 3 to 5 times. New to yoga?
Do the move with your back against a wall "Using the wall takes the balance component out of it, you can concentrate on lengthening your spine and rolling your chest open.
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Planks are awesome for your core and rows give you that sexy back for backless dresses so why not try the two together? Start in a plank position with your hands on two kettlebells (dumbbells work great too). Keeping your elbow close to your body, lift one kettlebell up. Repeat on the other side. Dude tip: Try not to rotate your hips out when you lift the 'bell.
There are 3 key aspects to an effective workout.
And the Wave workout program can do them all!
Get the Best Results from your workout! Are you looking to lose weight and get into shape then..
Here is what your workout should include:
- CARDIO exercises to burn calories and make your heart beat faster.
- STRENGTH exercises. Using weights or resistance bands to build and tone muscles. Adding muscle mass burns more calories.
- CORE exercises. This is important to strengthen your inside muscles for stability, good balance and that flat tummy we all dream of having.
So having all of the above will give you the most effective workout (i.e., burn more calories, add more muscle mass and increase stability) and the Wave fitness program does it all!
The Firm Workout Wave is easy; just a piece of strong plastic shaped into a curve. The image explains it better than words. One side (curve up) is stable and won’t move – perfect for stepping up and down on it for cardio exercise.
Bands can be fixed the side, so you can do resistance exercises to tone muscles, and you can lie or lean over the curve for core work and Pilates exercises.
Turn the Wave over, and it rocks. Literally! You stand on the edges and surf by pushing with your legs. More cardio, plus balance and abdominal training as well. And it is really fun!
And best of all? The Firm Wave comes with its own mat, several inspirational DVDs, healthy eating tips and handy wallchart, and will fit into a closet, enabling it to be used in the smallest of places.
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Dieting by numbers:
With this program, you can target a safe and realistic daily caloric deficit. You will understand the effects of your diet. If you are not eating enough, your body will go into fat storing mode — we all want to avoid this problem.
There’s great nutritional information on the foods in the BodyMedia database. It breaks down daily totals of each nutrient and this feature really helps monitor sugar consumption. However, the food database is limited and there’s not much in the way of ethnic foods or grocery store brands.
Be prepared to enter information for your most eaten foods into the personal “My Foods” database; but once this is done you can easily select from a list of frequently eaten foods which makes calorie tracking easy and quick.
The web site is easy to navigate and understand, plus syncing the data from the armband with a PC or Mac is easy. But no official support for Safari 5.0 — come on now! That said, it seemed to work fine when running Safari on the Mac. There is no iPhone/iPad app and this would be extremely helpful for effectively entering calories consumed when out in the world. If not an app, a mobile web portal would do the trick. I think they should add a water consumption tracking to the foods page; hydration so important for weight loss.
Dieting has gone Digital: High Tech Calorie Trackers can really help you slim down!
Take the guesswork out of your weight loss program with Body Media Fit. This Multisensor monitor tracks over 9,000 variables every minute of the day so you know precisely how many calories are coming in and how many are going out. It also tracks how well you’re sleeping. A recent four month study suggests the device could help you lose two to three times more weight than dieting alone.
Knowledge is power:
It is very easy to lose track of how many calories you consume daily, and you never really know how many of those calories you burn. This device will tell you how many calories you burn in a day, not just in your workouts. And wow, you will be so surprised at how many calories you take in. Those calories really add up though out the day. Knowing your caloric intake isn’t a bad thing at all, this device actually counts calories and they sure do add up. It also tracks and moderates activities, walking/running, biking, and vigorous activities — an intense hill climbing cycling workout. You will know when to kick it up a notch! You will also learn about your sleep patterns — it accurately tracks how restful your snoozes are.
This could be a really helpful weight loss tool to help you achieve your goals.
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Research shows that regular exercise will help you sleep better.
Lack of sleep leads to problems completing a task, concentrating, making decisions, and working with and getting along with other people, as well as unsafe actions.
- Sleepduration is related to length of life, with a greater risk of death in those sleeping fewer than 6 hours a night
- Sleep deprivation is linked to approximately 100,000 vehicle crashes and 1,500 deaths each year.
- Insomnia early in adult life is a risk factor for the development of clinical depression and mental health disorders.
- A night’s sleep consists of four or five cycles, each of which progresses through several stages.
- During each night, a person alternates between non–rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The entire cycle of NREM andREM sleep takes approximately 90 minutes.
The average adult sleeps 7.5 hours (five full cycles), with 25% of that in REM. By age 70, total sleep time decreases to approximately 6 hours (four sleep cycles), but the proportion of REM stays atapproximately 25%. Sleep efficiency is reduced in elderly individuals with an increased number of awakenings during the night.In NREM sleep, brain activity, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure,and metabolism (vital signs) slowdown and body temperature falls as adeep, restful state is reached. The brainwaves slow in NREM, a state termed‘‘slow-wave sleep’’ by sleep researchers. Slow-wave sleep usually terminates with the sleeper changing position.
The National Sleep foundation reports that 74% of adults in the United Staates experience a sleeping problem a few nights a week or more, 39% get less than 7 hour of sleep each weeknight, and 37% are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. According to a report issued by the National commission on Sleep Disorders Research, 30% to 40% of people in the United Sates have insomnia within any given year, defined by the National Institutes of Health as an experience of inadequate or poor quality sleep. Characterisics of insomnia include the following: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, waking up too early in the morning, non-refreshing sleep, daytime tiredness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.
For most of us who are having trouble sleeping, there’s a simple cure: exercise. Working out regularly has been shown to reduce episodes of insomnia. What’s more, it promotes improved sleep quality by producing smoother, more regular transitions between the cycles and phases of sleep.
Moderate exercise lasting 20 to 30 minutes three or four times a week generally results in better sleep and more energy. You may have to find your own exercise rhythm-– some people can exercise any time, while others do better if they work out in the morning or afternoon, not near bedtime. But, vigorous exercise during the day and mild exercise before bedtime will not only help you fall asleep and stay asleep more easily, but will increase the amount of time you spend in deepest sleep phase (Stage 4 sleep).
Exercise Workout Routines to try:
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