My boys probably wish that we were warriors but I’m talking about….YOGA! I might have mentioned before that I spent years avoiding yoga – I just didn’t view it as a true work-out – I wanted to get my heart rate up and sweat!!!! Well, over the past couple of years I’ve learned that yoga is hard!!!! I still don’t do it regularly but I occasionally add it into the mix and I enjoy (in a psychotic kind-of way) it.
The 43 was a combination of yoga poses that I tried to hold long enough to really get some shake in my legs!!! I started with chair pose, then Warrior 1 – Warrior 2 – Warrior 3 and back to chair. I alternated legs but only did a total of 43 not 43 per side. I figured that it was better to take my time and actually hold the poses than it was to rush through as many as I could. 43 seemed way more manageable than 86!!!!
Somehow I have gone longer than I planned since the last time I lifted weights – maybe subbing, birthday, friends over…..life! Anyway, today I did Chalean Extreme (Beach Body) Push Circuit 1. For the first time ever, I used 20 pound dumbbells for bicep curls!!! (I can barely lift my water cup now but that’s over-rated anyway!!)
Chris is off (Happy Veterans Day, Babe!) so I think we will spend the day together!
Happy Birthday today to my Poppa – 98!!!! Wish I could spend the day with him – if only Texas weren’t so far away!!!
I figured since it is fall and the trees are blowing all over I would use that for my inspiration for today’s 43. I decided to take the tree pose and amp it up by using this cute little wobble ball: (this one is part of the Firm fitness collection)
I did 43 tree poses, holding each for 30 seconds. Because I was standing on the wobble ball, I had to tap my toe a couple of times. I realized that my right leg has much better balance than my left! I just alternated legs so it was a total of 43 and not 43 per leg. I only paused long enough between each pose to switch legs and get my balance. This worked every muscle in my lower body as well as my core and concentration!!!
After I finished 43 on the wobble ball, I did a tree pose with my right foot on the floor and held for 43 seconds and then repeated with my left foot on the floor. Much easier without the wobble!!!
I started my second week of Chalean Extreme by repeating Burn Circuit 1. I will spend 4 weeks doing the Burn Circuit before I move on.
I’m fixing to walk on my treadmill for awhile – not because I’m obsessed with working out but because I’m behind on Dancing with the Stars and I figure if I’m going to watch some mindless TV I might as well be moving, too!!
I spent years completely avoiding all things yoga because I didn’t think it was a hard enough work-out. I was wrong!!! I love the way all of my muscles are used during a yoga session.
For my Vinyasa, I went through the following steps:
hands in prayer
exhale fold forward
inhale – hands to shins (flat back)
exhale hands to floor
walk or jump back to plank
lower to Chaturanga
rise to upward-facing dog
move to downward dog
walk or jump feet in
rise up with hands in prayer
(Thanks to Hunter, my 11 year old son, for filming me and taking pictures for me today.)
Hunter was in the room while I was doing 43 of these and when I got to about 35 I said, “I wish I was younger.” He asked why and I told him that then I wouldn’t have so many to do. His reply, “Suck it up.” So I did and finished my 43!!
I completed my work-out with a little Turbo Fire – Fire 45. Any day that I get to do some Turbo Fire with Chalean is a good day!!!