Downward Dog anyone?

So after about a week and half of not being at the gym I went back today. I did yoga this morning. And my friend Alex joined me. It felt really good to stretch and move again.

Tomorrow the plan is to do a cardio machine. I wanted to do the spin class, but I am going to take it slow. Plus I am still a little congested and coughing. But it is definitely a whole lot better.

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Health & Wellness

Yesterday Onyx hosted a Health & Wellness Expo. I was a volunteer. I made a board giving info on WW and printed out information for people to read and take.

I also greeted vendors in the lobby and had them escorted to the third floor. We had a really good variety of vendors come in, including: YMCA; Delta Dental; Maverick’s Gym (the gym I work out at); REI; Emeryville firefighter to check blood pressure–mine was pretty good; Breathe California to check lung capacity–I was at 88%–very good; free chair massages; MHN, TLC, Blue Cross, etc.

We had a healthy and really yummy lunch catered by Whole Foods. I attended a couple of really good breakout sessions. At the end of the expo there was a raffle. Unfortunately I didn’t win anything. But there were some pretty cool prizes.

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10 Fitness Myths Unmasked

I get these e-mails from Beachbody.com. Usually I just delete them. But this one peeked my interest.

“Can you turn fat into muscle? Is the morning the best time to exercise? Will you get cramps if you drink too much water when you exercise? Can those ab machines on TV get rid of your pot belly? Spend time surfing the Internet for fitness information and, pretty soon, your head will explode from reading all the contradictions and misinformation about the best strategies to get fit.

Here are some of the more popular myths and old wives’ tales that have been propagated over the years.” Check out 10 Fitness Myths Unmasked to see the answers.

Yoga compliment

My yoga teacher yesterday told me my Warrior II was beautiful.

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Getting back on track with exercise

I have to pat myself on the back for getting up early to go to yoga before work this morning. For some reason I was wide awake about 30 mins. before I had to get up. 5:45 and I am awake. WTH!!?? So right about now I am ready for a nap. Good thing I have my free Starbucks coffee from work.

I also went to kickboxing last night–my third time. I am feeling less and less stupid.
This week I have been a little slacking in the working out. But I am getting back on track.

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Specially Challenged Monkey

That is what I felt like during my kickboxing class last night. But I made it. I looked and felt stupid. But it was an amazing workout. The first 3 minutes we had to jump rope. I thought I was going to die. And I wondered how I would get through the whole freakin’ hour. But I did.

We did this punching combo: punch, cross punch, some other punch that I can’t remember the name, uppercut. Then she wanted us to double it. Yah right! I am not that coordinated. So I just punched.

She also had the mitts and would come around and have us hit them. Dork alert for me! And she also had something for us to kick at. Anyway, it was tough and I am sore. But it was an awesome workout–and I will be going back.

This morning I attended the 7:15 yoga class. A little early for me. But it felt good. And now I have already worked out for the day. Woo-hoo!

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You Spin Me Round …

… not quite like a Record.

I took a beginner spin class at the gym last night. Talk about killer! I took a spin class a long time ago when we still lived in Phx. and that class kicked my butt. Thankfully my gym has a half hour class for newbies.

Let’s just say I will be taking the beginner class for a long time. The instructor told us the regular class is 4 times as hard. OK, just discourage me to take that one why don’t you! (My co-worker Judy and I took the class together. That made it a little easier, too.)

It was an amazing cardio workout. I was sweating like a pig and concentrating on my breathing and holding my body the right way on the bike. It was a lot of work.

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