I’ve Never Been a Fan of Yoga…Until Tonight

I’ve always been one of those people that has found yoga a bit underwhelming.  The standing still…the heavy breathing…the sweaty air…and sometimes the passing of unpleasing gas from fellow yogis has always left me feeling, well a little less than thrilled.  Well, tonight all that changed.

After feeling incredibly sore after teaching my Butts & Guts Class last night, I knew that tonight’s workout would need to be a recovery workout.  But, I didn’t feel like doing your run of the mill foam roll and stretch session, so I decided to take a gander at some yoga apps in the iTunes Store.  I clicked on a few here and there, not really finding any of them appealing.  Then I clicked on FitStar Yoga. The reviews were ok, and I had just gotten both of my youngest babies asleep, so I decided to give it a try.  (It was also a free download)

FitStar YogaFitStar Yoga – Increase Flexibility, Lose Weight, & Reduce Stress with Personalized Video Fitness Workouts Led By Tara Stiles – FitStar, Inc.

To start, it took me through a fitness test that was 18 minutes long and 46 poses in total.  I was able to rate the difficulty of each pose as I went through the fitness test much to my surprise, I was finding myself relaxing AND getting a great stretch.  So, I kept going and before I knew it, found myself looking for the next workout.

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Scrolling through, I found more workouts, but the ones I wanted to try were locked so I thought maybe I’d check out the membership option…you know…just incase I might want to TRY this yoga thing.  WELL…I’m hooked.

I bougbetter-tara-2ht it for the entire year for $29.99 that included unlimited workouts, full support, and CUSTOMIZATION ($7.99/month option too). After my second CUSTOMIZED yoga workout for the night, (with membership you can request how difficult the workout is) I’m looking forward to many more days of trying out this app.  Who knew the anti-yogi would go for the yoga app?  Well, at this point, I’m feeling relaxed, stretched out and recovered which is what ANY mother of 3 wants after a long day home with the kids!! Yay for yoga!

Happy Fitstar Yoga Workouts to come!

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FitMOM Workout: Playground Mommy Workout

This morning, I took my children out for our routine morning walk to the park.  During our extended stay on the cape, I will make this a morning ritual as my kids wake well before the rest of the world regardless of the day and need to be run like puppies.  So far, this has been working well for all of us as it’s given me an opportunity to workout while they play without worry of them running off.  This morning, I needed to get in a quick upper body workout before seeing clients for the day so I decided to trade off the following three exercises with pushing my daughter in the swing and running after my son.  No need for any special equipment.  Just use what the playground has to provide and get creative!

Here is what I call my Playground Mommy Workout:

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How to Get in a Workout When You Have Children Around

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I first realized that my at-home workout ritual changed for good when my first child became mobile.  I was in my workout space that I had created and was about to begin my workout on a stability ball when I heard him crawl toward the ball, gurgles and all.  After a few attempts at trying to rush through my workout, I decided to get creative.

 Including Your Children In Your Workout

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While my son was too young to hop on a kiddie treadmill, I decided to make it fun by making him my weights that I lifted.  I would put him in the Ergo Baby Carrier, and do squats, lunges and monster walks with the band.  I would lie on my back and “bench press” him.  For cardio, I would strap him on my back and I would climb stairs at the local park.  I really REALLY got a good workout in then.

Let Them Play!

During in-home personal training sessions, I meet with other mothers who either work from home, are stay-at-home mothers, or like one particular client, is able to work from home 1 day a week.  During this time, her two sons and my daughter are present, but that doesn’t keep us from working out.  Instead, it allows us to connect!

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The children of course play with their own toys, but if one or more expresses an interest in what we are doing, then we include them in the workout.

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My daughter plays (supervised) with safer workout equipment with my client’s son while his mother and I train during a personal training session.

 

Buy Them Their Own Toy Equipment              

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is your child too young for school but old enough to climb the walls while you workout?  Include them by buying them equipment so that they too can workout.  There is a great line of exercise equipment by Redmon available on Amazon that allows kids to walk on a foam treadmill, lift on a foam bench press, and even ride a stationary bike.   Melissa & Doug also has colorful activity cones on Amazon for fun drills that you can do with your child as well!  These creative toys can get them in the habit of exercising while finding it fun.

For more fun posts from my mommy blog, please visit http://www.opalmom.com!