Good evening everyone! Not quite New Year’s Eve yet but not too early for talk of resolutions.
That being the case, I hereby resolve to put a Fitness Friday post on the blog every week in 2017.
Followers of the blog may remember similar promises last year and the year before but, as resolutions often go, this time I really plan on following through.
Indeed, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t just an international sex symbol with perfect comedic timing, she was also an O.G. exercise fanatic at a time when women were discouraged from lifting a finger, let alone a kettlebell. She was an earlier adopter of strength training (smart lady) and made 10 minutes of weight lifting part of her morning routine.
And apparently Monroe was also fond of yoga. She first mentioned yoga publicly in 1956, according to The Subtle Body, a history of yoga culture in America, and she was pictured doing moves like boat pose and shoulder stand in a photo shoot as early as 1948…
To be completely honest I spent quite a few years writing yoga off as an unserious activity for people who were more into relaxing, stretching, and breathing more so than an actual workout.
Seriously, there was no way I would be caught dead wasting an hour of premium workout time wearing stretchy pants and laying around like a happy baby or sleepy dog with a bunch of soccer moms, wasn’t happening, not ever.
Wasn’t happening, I thought, until I started doing yoga once a week because it was one of the P90-X workouts. Let me tell you, it did not take long to learn that yoga is a great full body workout, an awesome addition to any exercise regimen, and no joke.
Core: There are yoga poses to target just about every core muscle. Want to tighten those love handles? Then prop yourself up on one arm and do a side plank. To really burn out the middle of your abs, you can do boat pose, in which you balance on your sit bones and hold your legs up in the air.
Arms: With yoga, you don’t build arm strength with free weights or machines, but with the weight of your own body. Some poses, like the plank, spread your weight equally between your arms and legs. Others, like the crane and crow poses, challenge your arms even more by making them support your full body weight.
Legs: Yoga poses work all sides of the legs, including your quadriceps, hips, and thighs.
Glutes: Yoga squats, bridges, and warrior poses involve deep knee bends, which give you a more sculpted rear.
Back: Moves like downward-facing dog, child’s pose, and cat/cow give your back muscles a good stretch. It’s no wonder that research finds yoga is good for relieving a sore back
Turns out I not only had yoga all wrong but it seems I will be joining the soccer moms after all for power yoga at my local gym starting next week. Not sure about the stretchy pants yet but, who knows?