I tried Bikram Yoga for the first time last night. It was a fail, I was in corpse pose for half the class. But I am not giving up on in completely. My class was 90 minutes in a 105 degree room. I love the heat but as soon as I walked in to the 105 degree room (with 40% humidity) I knew I was in for it. To put it nicely, it smelled like a hockey bag which is basically one of the worst smells ever.
I was also starving because I read that you should not eat 3-4 hours before class. I am a huge on snacks and having a completely empty stomach made me really nauseous in the extreme heat. Lesson learn – my body can’t handle not eating for 4 hours then going to Bikram.
The class consisted of 26 postures that were all repeated twice and there were to breathing exercises, one to open the class and the other before the final shavasana. The Bikram series is said to work the spine in every direction which helps to alleviate back pain associated with sitting at a desk all day (hello…like me ALL day). These postures all felt great and I could tell I was in serious need of this class.
If this had been a normal heat yoga class I don’t think I would have felt as bad but the heat at Bikram is there for a reason. Heat opens pores (leading to me pouring out sweat <— love puns!) which detoxifies the body and warms muscle tissues to increase flexibility. I am a fairly flexible person already but I find I can whip out some crazy poses in warmer classes like this one.
Intense heat also promotes a more intense cardiovascular workout and can assist in improving stamina and fat burning! Boom…now I can justify my breakfast sandwich!
All and all I liked this class, even though I was in corpse pose for half of it and would definitely give it another shot!
Maybe because I’m not specifically training for a running race. Or maybe its because it’s summer but I have been talking myself out of running lately.
I should be training for GAC more but oh well. That does not mean I’ve been totally slacking at (my fitness) life thought. Cross training is a savior when you want to shake up your routine. Whether you are in a running slump (like me) or just want to incorporate different activities in your life.
Here are some cross training actives I love:
I love being outdoors and I love a good challenge so hiking is right up my alley. Oh, and SL proposed while on a hike so hiking holds a very special place in my heart.
Another great option to keep in shape while in a running slump. Your legs get a killer workout without the joint impact that comes with running. This isn’t a great “biking” picture but it’s the only one I could find. Note to self: Take more pix while biking (despite the whole helmet thing.)
I am practically a mermaid so swimming is usually my go to. Banging out laps is a great full body workout but if you can’t swim (like SL) then don’t jump in on my account, just pick another way to cross train.
Ahhh…I loved yoga days when I was training for the Twin Lobster Half Marathon. Yoga not only helps with flexibility but gives your mind a mental break. And who doesn’t need a relaxing mental break here and there?
This sometimes feels like a cop out to me. Like I should be running but I’m being a puss and hopping on the elliptical instead. BUT IT’S NOT! I always manage to work up a good sweat on this machine and tend to stay on longer than I realize.
Hello?! It’s basically running just slower and less sweaty. I walk to and from my office every days (totaling about 15 miles a week) so I don’t feel like a total loser if I don’t go for a run that day. I have a desk job so getting enough steps a day is tough but hoofing it about a mile and half each way to the office helps.
Strange as it is, this post is giving me some run motivation…
Happy Tuesday to all!