Fill small baskets with flowers or treats and leave on someone's doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver. If they catch the person, a kiss is exchanged. (My husband usually brings me home flowers and gets "caught" on purpose...)
I started the first day of May with yoga and it felt so good! I don't even remember when I started yoga, but it was years ago. I don't practice daily. I wish I did, but I'm the kinda gal who is anxious to "get busy" which usually means a high-paced activity like running or Spinning. So whenever I enter a taper period of training, I resort back to yoga to release my anxious energy.
|I love starting the day with yoga|
Yoga offers a great stretch. After a hard run, lactic acid builds up in your muscles, causing stiffness, pain and soreness. The stretches of yoga release the lactic acid and help ease the tension in muscles and joints - without fatigue and overexertion. I also like to time yoga before my run. There's a lot of debate on the correlation of running performance and flexibility. In my personal experience, I find the more flexible I am, the better I run. Misaligned muscles are stiffer and less efficient on the run.
|I love how the triangle pose digs into my inner thigh muscle|
Yoga builds strength. Most yoga poses focus on precise alignment rather than the movement. By continually striking poses (resembling lunges, squats or pushups) and holding them, you get a full body strength workout without lifting one dumbbell. Your upper-body will relish in downward/upward dog and plank poses. My arms shake. The standing poses work your hamstrings, quads and glutes. And when practiced correctly, nearly every single yoga move builds you abdominal muscles. Believe me, you'll feel the core the next day! Additional strength in muscles will make your running both stronger and faster.
|One of my favorite poses - the side plank|
Lastly, yoga has a calming effect. Like many other physical activities, your mind is focused and clear of the daily stresses that ail you. As you concentrate on the poses (and not falling), the endless mind chatter disappears. Some research suggest yoga provides a boost in oxytocin hormone, which is associated with feeling of relaxation and connection to others. It certainly leaves me in a better mood and that alone is worth it.
30 Day Yoga Challenge, hosted by Run to the Finish. Even if I can't do a full yoga workout each day (say the morning of my marathon!), I am still vowing to practice yoga for 30 straight days. Whether it be a couple morning poses to help me focus or an hour long workout to build strength, I look forward to reconnecting with yoga.
In honor of tonight's Biggest Loser finale, I'm giving away
two (2) yoga DVDs featuring The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper.
|His newest series "Inside Out Method" came out in 2010|
|My favorite yoga DVD of all time!|
From 2008, this program lets you build your own workout.
Sometimes I only have time for Level 1 (20 minutes) and other times I do all 3 levels.
I have experimented with several Yoga DVDs over the years, but I keep coming back to Bob Harper. I'm not a fan of the yoga instructors who talk in a disturbing quiet and mundane voice. With Bob Harper, you get great instruction and some humor tossed in. Using Rafflecopter below, you can enter up to 6 times before May 9th. Tweet once a day for even more entries! Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway