Monday, May 3, 2010

Day 33 - Exercise and me. A story of ellipticals, yoga, and getting stuck in uncomfortable positions.

First of all...  my elliptical is fixed!!!  Woo hoo!!!  *does a happy dance*  Today, one day shy of 5 months, I finally have my elliptical working properly.  My thighs, which took a beating when it was still broken, are excessively happy and relieved.

That being said, this last week and a half, when my elliptical was fully non-functional, I pulled out my yoga DVDs.  I do like yoga. I hope it will help me regain the flexibility of my youth.  And lord knows that I need to have the practice at being peaceful and centered. :)  So with this in mind, I grabbed my mat, my blocks, and popped in my Rodney Yee DVD.  I was full of optimism as I started.  But that quickly dwindled in the first few minutes.  Let me just say, that I'm sure I'm more flexible than I seem.  It's just that... well.... it's just that my flub sometimes gets in the way!  And while I wished I looked like:

I'm afraid I rather looked like: 

That being said, I really am going to add yoga to my exercise.  If I was questioning it, I came across this article today.    Yoga and Weight Loss  Talk about some perfect timing!  So the great thing is, not only am I limbering up so I don't pull anything while exercising (although I doubt I will ever be able to do the lotus position or put my leg behind my head), but it will also help me not eat as much.  BONUS!

Speaking of exercising....

I just wanted to remind people - My Long Hot Active Summer Challenge is starting on the 5th.  If you haven't signed up, you really should.  And if not, you can just cheer me on. :)

Hope everyone has had a good weekend and has a great week ahead of them!


Laurie said...

That is such a great article! I've been definitley been contemplating for a while. I'm definitely more of a cardio girl but I'm willing to give it a try. Hopefully some time this week! Thanks for that!

He Took MY Last Name said...

LOL nice lolcat there you made me laugh so hard at that.

that is exactly how i feel too :) keep it up

JourneyBeyondSurvival said...

Well, I'm sure your BODY appreciates your hard work. Even if your mind cringes a little. :)

Hooray for the elliptical!

ARJules said...

Laurie... Let me know how it goes! I know that it really does help get you limber. So when you are doing cardio, etc. the risk of pulling something goes down. So yay!

HTMLN - lolcats make me laugh. And well, let's be honest, that really is me. ha ha ha

Journey - I'm not sure if my body appreciates it right NOW, but I'm confident that sometime in the future, it will. :) And I'm so happy my elliptical is fixed. YOu have NO idea.

Merri said...

Hmm yoga. Im trying to get into yoga..its very hard for me, with my short attention span. But im trying to use it to learn to be patient. Only, it's after kickboxing which is after work, so things keep popping up that make me leave the gym early and miss yoga. When I actually get to go, I like how stretched I feel after. But I do get very bored, and it makes my wrists hurt. I also have horrible balance. But I think I might get the hang of it sometime. Yay for your eliptical!

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