I dont know if you can answer this but my question is about yoga. Im too busy to make it to a class regularly and wondered if you had any other suggestions? Im not really a dvd workout person but I have trouble remembering the poses and end up doing what feels good.
Ahh emailer. I can so relate to this. Before I discovered Rodney Yee I, too, had not been a fan of the yoga dvds (Ill spare you the YeeLove since you say you dont like DVDs but if you’re ever so inclined perhaps rent a few and see what you think.).
I, like you, also seemed utterly unable to recall any of the poses on my own (Im getting better—but still only with the basics).
I started with this and actually found that selecting the poses before hand, placing them on front of me on the floor, and removing a card when I finished a pose worked quite well!
It didnt have the flow of a dvd routine (nor did I have an instructor to watch to be certain my body was in proper alignment) but it was far better than Id done with only my memory as a guide.
Recently I stumbled upon this which, while entirely NOT a necessity, sorta piqued my interest. I like the notion of HANGING the routine on the wall/door far better than my old way of plopping the cards on the carpet. (but Im a sucker for accessories that way)
Lastly this is a pretty cool option, too.
I know Im going out on a limb here because it *is* a video yet I thought, perhaps, the computer might be more alluring to you than a dvd.
(and, Im compelled to add, if you’re feeling silly as I oft am check these out. I daresay there may be one in this MizFit’s future.)
There are myriad options out there for non-dvd workouts and these are just a few which Ive tested. MizFits? any better suggestions? help us out in the comments.
Can you weigh in on how much rest is suggested after weight training? I’ve always understood that it is most effective with an alternating schedule – one day on, the next off. Would that hold true for push-ups and sit-ups, as well?
Again MY OPINION.
As in Im not consulting the American Council On Exercise or some such expert to see what they think. Please to make a note of this.
The most important thing is what your definition of weight training is.
When I was a trainer ninety percent of my clients did a full body routine. Those clients never lifted on back-to-back days because they’d (to bottom line it) be working the muscles too often & never offering them a chance to heal and GROW (which is, obviously, the goal).
I did have clients who, due to schedule restrictions, could only lift two days a week and back to back days. With those clients I’d *split* their body parts up into two groups: upper body one day and legs & shoulders the next.
While even doing that there is some overlap (you are working your tricep muscles, for example, when you lift chest and then AGAIN the next day when you exercise triceps) it was far better than the client lifting only one time a week.
Using myself as an example, I tend to lift five days and all in a row. Ill exercise chest, back, biceps, triceps/shoulder, & legs all on different days. Again due to time limitations.
To add one more confusing piece to the puzzle I do think that many fitness organizations (ACE being one of them ) still adhere to the “lift one day and then allow 48 hours to pass before you weight train again” notion (kelly? wanna chime in?).
BOTTOM LINE (without knowing more specifics on your situation): Id not lift the SAME muscle group on back to back days (lift back and then BACK again the following day). As a result, even though you are utilizing your body weight, *I* would not do push ups two days in a row. If Ive pushed to FATIGUE then Im not ready the following day to do it again. If Im ready? I didnt work hard enough (hinthint).
With regards to situps *I* dont do weighted crunches on back to back days — but nonweighted? yes.
MizFits? I know you have some opinions here. It’s all such a personal thing so CHIME IN in the comments!
Lastly a tag. From the Fabulous Fitarella.
I dont typically do tags but Ive gotten a number of “WHO ARE YOU?” type viewer mails (phrased more kindly than that—but that’s the jist). And while I plan to do a detailed ME-POST (including how I realized that processed white carbs did NOT agree with me, W.O. Mommy) this is a good starting point.
What are 4 ways you know you are living your life’s purpose?
When Im working (writing. day job.) time FLIES.
I love my life. I leap out of bed every morning and cannot wait to start the day.
I found my soulmate and together we are better than I was before I met him.
All that said, Im still confident there is far more out there for me to do. To give. So I havent completely found it yet.
What are 4 things you do to take really good care of yourself?
Do cardio even though I dont like it. So I stick around longer 🙂
Eat MizFit’s Version of Clean.
Try not to fret/stress. Work to be present in all that I do.
What are the 4 events that have most formed how you live your life today?
Reading the book Harriet the Spy (for some reason that book convinced me I wanted to be a
My mom’s unflagging encouragement that anything boys could do girls could do better (Id add a smiley face but Im not joking).
Getting married/our daughter.
Watching people I know who modeled for me living a life of “do unto others” & realizing that is how I would like to be remembered.
What are 4 things you do to keep your motivation up to work out and eat healthy every day?
I just dont make it a choice. Especially during the week. I think of it as just another part of the work week.
I stack the area around my stationary bike with trashy mags.
I keep plenty of good clean foods in the house.
I often dont exercise rather I PLAY with my daughter/take her places where we can run around together.
Name 4 people who have been the most influential in motivating you to change your eating and exercise habits.
For me it’s more people Ive met SINCE Ive changed to a healthy lifestyle who have had an impact on me.
people who have overcome disease or physical challenges.
as far as motivating me to change MY lifestyle? I couldnt fit into any interview suits & had no money to purchase new ones. QUITE MOTIVATING!
What are your top 4 reasons for staying off of refined sugar and white flour?
List ways that blogging has helped you either attain or maintain a higher level of health and fitness.
It definitely motivates me to seek answers to questions I might not have otherwise out of sheer laziness.
Im a poster child for nothing (*wink*) but dont wanna become one for backsliding.
Thanks Fitarella for the tag—-here’s hoping I havent bored you all to tears. and, alas, there’s no freebie for making it this far in the post either!