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#NoFearFriday

7 Reasons Why You Need To Try Yoga

In the spirit of No Fear Friday, let’s talk about trying something new - yoga! Here are some of the benefits practicing yogis experience both on and off their mats:

1. Yoga brain. Yoga is a great way to destress, moving into the body in this way leads to what some refer to as “yoga brain” which is an intense feeling of calm & relaxation that follows us for hours after our session.

2. Increased flexibility. Being flexible leads to better posture and the ability to perform better athletically, it can also make sex more enjoyable. Flexibility is important for our muscles because it allows nutrients to enter the tissues and let toxins out with ease.

3. Increased muscle strength and tone. Fad diets and supplements are always raving on about how they can help us to lose weight, get strong and tone up; well here’s something that won’t fail and doesn’t have any dangerous side effects - practicing yoga regularly.

4. Improved vitality. Yoga is all about the breath and moving into the body - the breath is the life force energy and when we concentrate on conscious breathing we can feel the energy inside us rise up. A regular yoga practice can reverse conditions like chronic fatigue - if accompanied by good nutrition.

5. Balanced metabolism. The movement of the body flowing from one pose to another helps to boost our metabolism which burns calories. An essential component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is burning more calories than we put into our bodies.

6. Heart health. Yoga is considered moderate exercise and just 30 minutes of yoga a day can protect our hearts from diseases like heart disease and COPD. 

7. Protection from injury. Moving into the body and stretching regularly prevents injuries because we are not sitting stagnant which causes joints and muscles to become stiff and tight - which makes them more prone to injury.

Yoga is not for the flexible, it’s for the willing.

Peace & positive vibes.

Down one pound this week!

Soooo close to being 50 pounds down again. This part (the lower 170s) took forever two years ago, so honestly if I can keep up a one pound loss per week then that would be awesome! The Exodus of the Egg is coming up the first week of October, so if I can finish out September under 175 I’ll be pumped!

HW: 225 lbs.

CW: 176 lbs.

Total lost overall: 49 lbs.

Goal weight 1: 195 lbs.

Goal weight 2: 190 lbs.

Goal weight 3: 185 lbs.

Goal weight 4: 180 lbs.

Goal weight 5: 175 lbs. (1 lb. away)

Goal weight 6: 170 lbs (6 lbs. away)

Goal weight 7: 165 lbs. (11 lbs. away)

Goal weight 8: 160 lbs. (16 lbs. away)

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🔹1 mile Run Warmup
Shoulder Press 4x15 20#
Upright Row 4x15 20#
🔹1 mile Run
Deadlift 3x5 50#
Over head Squat 4x10 20#
🔹1 mile Run
Snatches 4x10 20#
Front Raise 2x10 20#
🔹1 mile Run
Barbell Bicep Curl 4x10 20#
Lunges 4x15 each leg
🔹1 mile Run Cool Down

Total: 5 Miles ✔️

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I have never been the type of person who enjoys working out. I’ve tried running, I’ve done full body work outs, I even dragged myself to the gym a few times. I’ve hated it. I never got the runners high, I’ve worried I was going to have a heart attack after a few body weight work outs I’ve found on-line and the gym? Forget it! I am SO stressed out even if I logically know no one is paying me any attention. So I’ve always given up.

Yes, I will go for walks around the block. Its definitely picked up since pokemon go (Gotta catch or in my case hatch them all!), and I enjoy swimming..although most of the time I end up floating around enjoying the feel of weightlessness.

Then I found yoga. I’ve seen it for a while and I have always have been interested although not sure where to begin (at least after I stopped doing it on my wiifit). Then one day on my dash there is someone like ME doing yoga. Not the normal slim popular girls you see floating around a bunch of fitblrs. Someone will rolls, messy hair and most importantly, a smile!

If they can do it, so can I! I don’t have to wait until after I lose weight to get into yoga. I grab an amazon gift card I have, jump on-line and pick out a mat. …now what? 

Well, for me the answer was youtube. There I found a 30 day yoga challenge. I’ve just completes day 6. Not only have I found a workout (shh! I don’t want to freak my brain out!) I’m interested in but I enjoy it! The feeling that I get once I’m done is incredible! I honestly can’t think of a time I’ve ever felt more relaxed or proud than when one I’ve finished one of the videos.

So of you haven’t found YOUR workout don’t worry. Keep trying new things. There is one out there for you, I promise!