The Other Side

The other day I did a post on working out and I have to say it was my most popular post in a long while. I decided to attack “the other side” of working out this time around. I received several emails in regards to work outs that didn’t involve quite so much cardio or strength training, and being an equal opportunity blogger 😉 I’m happy to oblige.

Tonight’s post will focus on Yoga, Pilates, and even Ballet and showcase that you don’t have to make you workouts high energy and aggressive to see results. So light your Zen candles, pour some tea and prepare to RELAX with me!

Yoga: Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through three paths-actions, knowledge, and devotion. GGH Comment:I honestly didn’t think Yoga would help me lose weight……boy was I wrong. I became instantly obsessed with Jennifer Galardi’s Yoga workout on FitTV. Amazing form of strength training, and it will awaken muscle groups that regular cardio can’t!

Pilates: Form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. GGH Comment:As a former dancer I love Pilates. The long lines and intense core strengthening are hardly noticable as you bend your body into graceful positions. Perfect for working on balance and posture.

Ballet: Formalized type of performance dance, which originated in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French courts, and which was further developed in England, Italy, and Russia as a concert dance form. Using it as a work out: Try, Ballet Body Workout w/Jennifer Galardi! GGH Comment:LOVE Ballet! If you have ever wanted to dance or just learn to be more graceful please check out Jennifer Galardi’s DVD. It’s perfect for all levels.

Walking:Yep, good ol walking! If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere warmer than 30 degrees get out and WALK! When Spring hits you are all going to be so tired of hearing about my walks with Zachary. I lost soooooo much of my weight by just walking 1 to miles with him in the stroller. We sometimes walked twice a day. It’s so nice to just get out and enjoy nature, fresh air, and you’ll sleep so good if you do it right after dinner time. Or hop on the treadmill, if you’re a gym kinda gal, and read a book, listen to music, or be alone with your thoughts. However you do it, incorporating walking into your workout routine will not only benefit you physically, but mentally as well!

Step Aerobics: Great alternative if you like choreographed exercise but can’t handle the pounding of hi/lo aerobics. Because you’re stepping onto an elevated platform, you can typically get your heart rate up without doing any jumping. Using the arms can add more intensity the the workout as well. Cathe Friedrich is just one video instructor who offers low impact workouts for the more advanced exerciser such as Low Impact Circuit, Low Impact Step and Low Max Step. You can also try group fitness classes or other more advanced videos that may include high impact and modify the workout to keep it low.

Hiking:Another tough low impact activity, especially if you’re hiking up an incline. The changing terrain requires a lot of work from the lower body and walking up a mountain involves the large muscles of the glutes, hips and thighs – exactly what you want for an intense cardio workout. Add a backpack and you’re burning even more calories.

I hope this post serves to show you that are EVEN MORE forms of working out! The ability to be healthy is all around you! Take advantage of it. Drink lot’s of water, eat better, and stop to take time for YOU everyday and give back to your body…..you’ll be glad you did! Have a phenomenal week, and thanks for reading! Comments are always welcome and can be left below.

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