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

Happy Hour Yoga

The regular Friday evening yoga teacher, Suraya, at my gym is pretty great. But I also love when Ken subs.

He refers to the Friday evening yoga as Happy Hour.

I love his teaching style. It was an amazing workout. Man, my thighs were burning and I can still feel that yoga. (Could be the three spin classes this past week, too.)

I find yoga on Friday evenings a great way to end the workweek … especially when it is a tough week.

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Simplicity, patience, compassion

Today we had a sub, Ken, in yoga. Our regular Mon/Wed a.m. teacher, Sarah, is off getting married/honeymooning for the next few weeks.

Ken teaches the Saturday late morning yoga class. I have seen him before but never taken his class.

I really liked his style. He had us holding some poses for a long time: My burning thighs!

During our initial meditation he talked about how yoga encompasses simplicity, patience and compassion. I really like that.

He also had us set an intention for our practice. Suraya, another of my regular yoga teachers, has us set an intention at the beginning of our practice.

I like the idea of setting an intention. Sometimes I do something for myself. Sometimes for someone else, maybe someone who needs a little extra support. Today I set my intention for some friends who just recently lost a family member suddenly.

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Look out Venus and Serena!

Or maybe not.

Erica and I recently were discussing over e-mail about whether or not your thighs get bigger because of spin.

I have noticed recently that some of my pants seem tight in the thighs (pretty much all of my pants are tight in the butt area–that has always been an issue for me since I have a big butt and hips). And I am still on track with my weight maintenance.

I did some research online. I found some sites that said your thighs and butt do get bigger with spin. And others that said that wasn’t the case.

So I went to my best source, my spin teacher, Jennifer. She says your thighs don’t get bigger because of spin. Yes, they can get more muscular and toned, but not bigger. She didn’t have an answer to why some of my pants are tighter in the thigh area.

So, hmmm. Wonder why our pants are tighter?

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