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Yoga As Exercise

December 12, 2017

Are you an avid Yoga practicer? Is that your only form of exercise? (apart from walking) 

 

I've always loved to mix things up, even though I'm a Yoga teacher I love to do all sorts of exercise including dance, weights, running and so on.

 

In preparation for my wedding this September, just gone, I of course got myself super fit and I did this with a mix of Yoga, weight training, Pilates and HIIT (high intensity interval training) and I got into the best shape of my life and I felt amazing!

 

 

 

On my honeymoon I obviously lost my training and ate way too much food (who cares when you're loving life) and yes I put a bit of weight on but not loads. So, recently I thought I have to get back on it and then I got to thinking... I knew I got in the best shape because I did a mix of fitness styles, but I know some people out there don't see the benefits in mixed styles. So, I decided to test the theory. 

 

The Test Rules

 

4 months of different forms of exercise, 30 minutes practice for every form. 

I chose 30 minutes because I want to see what works best for people with little time, especially as I hardly ever have more than 30 minutes to do a workout. 

 

month 1: Just Yoga , my style, which is a mix of Yoga styles and a bit of Pilates foundation. Props are allowed but no weights, only body weight. 

 

month 2: Just weights, standard weight training with very minimal use of body weight stuff, only body weight things will be planks, press ups and crunches. 

 

month 3: Just cardio, using HIIT, no weights. 

 

month 4: A combination of all 3, I'll go into more detail of how I break this down when the month comes around.

 

During these 4 months I will stick to my usual diet which is healthy 80% of the time and sometimes allowing myself 'naughty' food.

 

The First Week

 

I have just finished the first week of the first month of just Yoga so I thought I'd let you know how I've been feeling. 

So far I'm loving it! I've found that doing just Yoga 30 minutes a day has actually got me back into some of the flow I loved to use a while back. I definitely haven't put any weight on and actually I've been feeling quite slim, especially in my stomach. 

I've also noticed I've felt more active, like I could just spring up and do Yoga all the time. I am wondering if part of this is because I am used to burning myself out till I don't want to move any more lol, so because I can't do that perhaps my body wants to move more. OR it could also be that the Yoga is allowing my energy to flow better so I have more energy. 

I'm pretty sure my sleep has been better because I've been finding I don't need as much sleep. I don't seem to get tired in the day and I'm going to bed pretty late. 

My diet has been ok, generally great during the week but I was pretty naughty on the weekend. 

My flexibility has already got better, especially in my back and my strength seems to have increased too because I'm beginning to feel like I could push myself into a forearm stand, which I've not felt like before. it's one of those poses I've always had to spring into. 

I can't wait to see what the rest of the month will bring and I think i'm going to miss it on my next month!

 

 

I'd love to know your thoughts so please comment on my blog. 

 

 

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