Tag Archives: flexibility

Funky Tie-Dyed Yoga

I have had several readers ask me to continue sharing my workout plans and fitness tips, so I figured I would fill you in today with a new DVD that I tried this morning.

I kicked off this morning with a 30-minute yoga workout via my new Power Yoga: Strength and Flexibility with Rodney Yee. The DVD is broken into two workouts — strength and flexibility. So, I did the strength section of the DVD.

I liked this workout because it definitely helped me break a sweat, but it was not soooo difficult that the novice yogi could not participate in the workout.

Here’s my question for you: Would you workout next to me in yoga class? These are the funkiest exercise pants I have ever owned, but every time I wear them they make me smile.

After yoga, I went for a run, and I really had to take it slow. I was hurtin’  from a couple days of tough exercise, so I just decided not to push it and move slowly, focusing on my foot movements and swinging my arms. I ran 3.6 miles in 32 minutes which is about 9-minute miles. It felt good to get outside and enjoy the fall weather. Autumn is my favorite season . . . not too cool and not too hot! Just right. (;

But, given the looming winter weather, I am curious: What is your favorite way to stay fit in chilly conditions? Share them here, and I will lend you a few pointers tomorrow!

P.S. Happy Birthday, Lisa! I just love you.

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Filed under Eat, Pray, Run, September 2008

Abs O’ Pilates Steel

pilateslady1.jpgLet me tell you — Pilates is some tough stuff. I did a workout two days ago, and my core, leg and everything muscles are still sore. In case you have been following along with my Pilates series for Her Active Life, I want to let you know the last two parts of the series are now available: a beginner’s workout, and then how to advance the exercises. These two offer up the good stuff — descriptions of the movements and how to achieve a long, lean Pilates body.

Enjoy, and Happy Friday!

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Filed under February 2008, Run

Pilates – Take Two!

pilatesteaser.jpg     If you enjoyed the first part of the Pilates series I am working on for Her Active Life, take a little time to check out Part II today! Pilates is an awesome form of exercise that has taught me so much about body awareness and understanding my core. The second part of my series will explain to you some of the fundamental exercises to get you started with understanding Pilates.

Enjoy!

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Filed under February 2008, Run

Lean, Mean, Pilates Machine!

If you would like to follow a Pilates series I am working on for HerActiveLife.com, make sure you check out Part One of “Perfectly Pilates,” the top story on Her Active Life this morning!

And while you are at it, here are some awesome beginners Pilates resources that will get you looking long and lean in no time! :

*Classical Pilates Technique – The Complete Mat Workout Series — This DVD rocks my socks because it includes every level of the Pilates mat workout — all the way from fundamentals to advanced!

*The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body — Without Machines by Brooke Siler — In this book, Siler, the owner of re:Ab Pilates studios, takes readers through each mat exercise, providing them with helpful tips and illustrations that make the movements easier to understand. Siler trained with Romana Kryzanowska, the oldest living protégé of Joseph Pilates.

*A Pilates’ Primer: The Millenium Edition — Return to Your Life Through Contrology and Your Health by Joseph Pilates and William J. Miller (with introduction by Judd Robbins) — An introduction to Pilates by the creator and master himself — Joseph Pilates! Need I say more?!

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Filed under January 2008, Run