I told you last week that I need a break from intense exercises. Walking regularly is a great way to exercise while giving myself that break, but I also know that I want to keep up my strength in other ways, even if I’m just using my own bodyweight for resistance.
In the past, I’ve done Pilates and Barre3, both of which I really enjoy, but that still leaves yoga as an option, something that I rarely turn to.
I have a love/hate relationship with yoga. I don’t like taking yoga classes at my gym because I find them long and intimidating. I like doing yoga at home, but until now I’ve only used YouTube videos because it’s hard for me to find a video that I love enough to stick with for a long period of time. So, last week when I was at Target, I decided to pick up a set of yoga DVDs on a whim. It was a 2-for-1 type of deal, and the price was right.
On Friday after work, I decided to try one of the DVDs. I told myself that I would just do one 15 minute segment, no pressure. Well, once I got going, I wanted to keep going. I ended up doing a full hour of yoga, and the time just flew by. Here’s what I noticed:
1. I’m really tense. I haven’t had a massage since our honeymoon, or been to a chiropractor since I had my shoulder surgery, and I think it’s a problem. I carry a lot of tension in my neck, shoulders, and upper back, and I was really aware of it while doing the DVD. I think that massages and trips to the chiropractor are two things that we typically think of as luxuries, but they really should be necessities.
2. My muscles are ridiculously tight. I could not believe how tight my muscles were, especially because I haven’t been running or strength training regularly. That’s bad. It just showed me how much I really need to stretch after all of my workouts, especially running.
I loved Friday’s yoga practice so much, that I decided to do another full hour on Saturday. Who am I?
From now on, I’m really hoping to stick with a yoga routine. The nice part about one of the DVDs, is that it is broken into 15 minute segments, so I can tack some yoga on to the end of a cardio workout, or just do a little bit in the morning to get myself moving. Clearly, my body was craving it, and I have no excuses not to do it.
Maybe I’ll eventually gain the courage to take yoga classes regularly at the gym. We’ll see!
Do you incorporate yoga into your workout routine?
Do you get regular massages/adjustments from the chiropractor?
* I was not sponsored for this post. I simply bought this product on my own, enjoyed it, and wanted to share my thoughts with you.*