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As I told you last week, I’ve been making some radical changes.
I’ve eliminated soda, coffee, alcohol, and pretty much all processed foods. (I don’t think the coffee is going to be a permanent change after this month. I’m warning you now.)
I’ve also changed my diet in pretty big ways.
But that’s not all! I’m not participating in any challenges from work, but I’m still working out every day. That’s right everyone! I haven’t been this active for 10 years! So the truth is, even if it’s been a decade, there are ways to start getting active.
That’s not to say I started running 5 miles every morning. I’ve actually started doing yoga in the comfort of my own home. The gradual build is important to me.
I know I’m not the only one in the world who doesn’t want to put her struggle on display, but there are ways to start without witnesses.
Rally, our wellness tool, has missions that can help you ease into fitness for when you’re not ready for a gym full of people quite yet. And increasing your flexibility and endurance is a great way to do that.
Whether it’s meditating for 20 minutes every day, stretching every day, dancing anytime, or going to yoga class every week, there is a mission to help you build to your goals. I’ve been wanting to do yoga for years, so this build has been a no-brainer for me.
Now, I have to admit, I’m not ready to go to yoga class once a week. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a yoga class (even just in movies), but the teacher tends to walk around and correct everyone’s form.
And while I would love to have perfect form eventually, there was just NO WAY I could’ve done some of the things I’m already doing on that first day. Let alone hold them for 5 breaths.
So what I’ve done is pick out a simple 10-minute routine (although it takes me more than 20 to work both sides) designed for something that’s a priority for me, building muscle tone.
And I know there are some poses in it that I simply couldn’t do on the first day, like this craziness:
Or this killer:
(Images from Shape)
But 2 weeks later, I’m doing them. (Although I’m sure my version of that top one still isn’t quite perfect yet.) And each day, they get a little bit easier, and I hold them for a little bit longer. And as soon as I lose the burn from this routine, I can upgrade to something new and different.
I’m still working on mixing more things into my daily routine (mostly ab workouts at this point and hope to move on to cardio soon), but I can already feel the difference in my arms, legs, and most noticeably, my flexibility.
Here are some resources to help you follow my lead and start your own build to yoga class.
Stretch Every Day
- Stretchy When Wet: Stretches to Do in the Shower
- Stretches for a Sore Neck
- 5 Stretches to Keep Your Desk from Ruining Your Body
- Office Stretches to Do At Your Desk:
(Image via WalkingSpree)
- The 10-Minute De-stress and Stretch Workout:
(Image via Women’s Health Magazine)
- Barre Ballet Workout for Beginners (Video)
- Finding the Dancing Workout DVD for You
- 10 of the Best Zumba Workouts (Videos)
- 25 Basic Yoga Asanas for Beginners
- 15-Minute Morning Yoga (Video)
- Your 20-Minute Stress Relieving Workout