Charlotte/Nemo Workout

imageNot sure if you heard New England got a load of snow dumped on us, but above is a picture to show you what we woke up to.  Yes, those are our cars buried with just the roofs showing!!   The blizzard known as Charlotte a.k.a. Nemo rocked our socks off, dropping 39 inches of snow in my small Connecticut town.  In my 32 years I have NEVER seen anything like this, and of course I took this as a WORKOUT “opportunity of a lifetime”! So, I spent nearly 8 hours yesterday shoveling a) a plot for my dog to use the bathroom b) back deck c) front porch d) sidewalk e) digging our cars out f) digging our neighbors cars out.

So, in total I did about 6-7 hours of active shoveling (that’s w/o the socializing), burning about 350 calories/hr = about 2275 calories! My arms have not been this sore in ages!!  In return I got some fresh air and met neighbors I have lived next to for years. It really is amazing how natural disasters bring people together and show us the power of unity and humanity.

So, next time you get a snow storm, put the snow blower away and grab the shovel. Use the legs, alternate sides, engage the core, and get in a good workout!!  Follow up with a little Tara Stiles Back Pain Yoga and you will sleep like a baby!

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Downward DOG

While doing yoga today, my little buddy snuck on my mat to show me some things.  If he could talk, I’m pretty sure he would have said, “let me show you how this is done. They named these poses after me for a reason”

Yoga Challenge: 2 Week Results (photo progression)

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It has been 16 days since I posted my first pictures of my chosen Yoga Poses.  Since then, I have tried to incorporate Yoga daily, whether it be a 10 minute/50 minute Tara Stiles YouTube video, or practicing Yoga by myself on the beach.  After viewing the difference between my Week One & Week Two Poses, I realize that to continue to make big changes (and even maintain changes) I need to start practicing longer every day and a bigger variety of poses.  I tend to do the same Tara Stiles Video (which I love because it’s 50 minutes) and I can see the poses that are repeated in that video are the ones I am seeing the biggest improvements in (downward dog, low lunge, etc)  When I get home I plan to attend more Yoga classes!  Continue reading

Beach Workout and Yoga

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This morning I decided to head down to Venice Beach early to do some Yoga.  I arrived at the beach a little before 8am, just in time to watch over 100 Yogi’s filing onto the beach to do some “Free Yoga with Elin”.  I opted not to do THIS Yoga, since it is very low impact based on the elderly clientele.  Instead, I walked about 100 yards down the beach and set up my beach towel, Ipad to listen to my Yoga Mix (Jai Uttal, Eddie Vedder, Krishna Das, etc) and my cheat sheet (Tara Stiles Yoga Book)  I practiced for about 40 minutes, and it was nice to notice slight improvements starting to happen. Continue reading

My Personal Yoga Challenge: Day One

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After abusing my body for 32 years, I have come to the realization that something needs to change.  I have played sports my whole life, and played sports HARD!  I topped my career as a college basketball player, and before spent my life playing 3 sports.  My body has been banged, sprained, bruised, broken, screened, slide tackled…you get the point. I would practice/play hard for 2 hours without any stretching or recovery.  Needless to say, I am now a hot mess.  In the words of my massage therapist, “my heart breaks for you” and “you are top 3 tightest people I have massaged in my career”.  I usually love top 3 finishes, but not in this category! Continue reading