Working those butts, hips & thighs

I have struggled with the exercise part of this month’s Monthly Challenge. (And a little with the water part since I have was traveling and drinking a lot of beer. But I am back on track with the water intake.)

Travel usually makes it difficult for me to keep up with healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise.

While I was at my hotel in Austin I got to the gym a couple of times and made sure my exercises focused on butt, hips and thighs.

I learned my lesson while in Dallas and have decided for now it is not a good idea for my knee to run.

(I need to try glucosamine and get that in my system before I try the running again. According to Wikipedia, glucosamine is marketed to support the structure and function of joints and the marketing is targeted to people suffering from osteoarthritis.)

While I was in Austin last weekend I did a quick walk with an incline on the treadmill for about 30 minutes, then lunges with biceps curls, squats while holding extra weight and dirty dog while lying on my side, which is described in this Continue reading

Squats, lunges & water for May’s Monthly Challenge

One of the things that stuck with me with last month’s challenge was that a few mentioned they liked that it could be done at home. I know for a variety of reasons people can’t get to a gym or yoga studio.

I will do my best for future challenges to make it accessible for most. But, of course, you are always welcome to adjust to challenge for yourself accordingly.

Since summer is upon us, let’s prepare for it.

Exercise: Let’s work those thighs, butt and hips. We can work these body parts with squats, lunges and a variety of yoga poses.

Usually I like to give a number–do 500 or 1,000 a week. If you want a number, try to get in a 1,000 squats, lunges, any other exercise or yoga pose to work those areas each week. If the number idea doesn’t work for you, let’s just focus on those areas.

Nutrition: We roughly need at least 64 ounces of water a day. Another way to look at it is you should have half your body weight in water. For example: If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day. If you aren’t … Continue reading

Spinning that hula hoop

One of the challenges in Go Fit Girl’s April Monthly Challenge is to rock that hula hoop.

According to this article on Healthy.com, we are all as cool as the First Lady. And we know how cool Michelle Obama is. And I can guarantee she can rock that hoop.

The article also says, doing any combination of hula-hoop moves for 30 minutes will have you burn 150 to 250 calories.

I am pretty good with the hula hoop. I haven’t maxed out on time yet–I usually stop myself even though I know I could keep on going. But after just five minutes I can definitely feel it in my abs, but especially in my obliques.

The Health.com article also gives tips on how to hula hoop. I think the advice is pretty good.

Here are tips on the Forward Stance: Stand inside the hoop with your right foot (or left foot–whatever feels comfortable) forward, holding the hoop against your lower back. Keeping your pelvis tucked, shoulders squared, and chest lifted, bend your knees slightly and give the hoop a good counterclockwise spin around your waist, making sure it’s level. To keep the hoop moving, shift your weight quickly between your … Continue reading

Opening the hips

In Baxter’s Hatha Yoga class tonight we worked a lot with the hips. About half the class we were lying down–my kind of yoga. Though we were definitely working.

Pigeon Pose is my favorite hip opener. I forget about the many other ways to open the hips.

Today we did an “extreme” half Happy Baby pose.

Happy Baby is probably one of my least favorite poses. It’s a difficult pose for me to do. It really works the hips for me and is a great opener. But I find it uncomfortable to the point where I feel stuck. I have to be very careful when coming out of the pose.

We also did a lunge hip opener.

The two poses were putting our bodies into the same positions. Just one on our back and the other on our feet. It was an interesting way to look at it and practice.

I have a feeling my hips will be sore tomorrow … but in a good way.

Opening hips, opening heart

Today in Vinyasa Yoga class we set intentions. Sometimes I set one for myself, someone I care or someone I know needs a little extra love. Today I set mine for the 9/11 victims. Generic and broad, yes. But there were so many victims on so many levels.

We focused a lot of the class today on opening the hips. We also focused on opening our hearts, which seemed appropriate for today.

We had a sub today. The class was good and tough. But a little tough to follow. Her flows were different than my regular Sunday class. I am sure the more I take Lily’s classes the better I will get.

She had us work on two poses I have never done before: tripod headstand and tortoise. Neither of which I could do fully, and barely partially. My version of tripod headstand looked more like dolphin, with my head touching the mat.

I am planning on attending the Restorative Yoga class this evening. I haven’t been in weeks. And I feel I need it and deserve it. I anticipate this week to be a little stressful with work and getting ready to travel this weekend to Tucson. … Continue reading