Pregnant Workout!


So I thought I'd write about my pregnancy work out! I've always heard of labor described as similar to "running a marathon" so I knew that one of the most important aspects of my pregnancy would be maintaining my fitness level. I've been pretty active over the last 5 years and didn't want to let pregnancy be an excuse to stop my workouts. I also downloaded "Exercising Through Pregnancy" by James Clapp and Catherine Cram which talked about certain myths in pregnancy exercise and how being told to "slow down" doesn't mean "stop altogether"

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Health, Exercise, Pregnancy

How to tone your thighs and lift your butt


By Charlotte Dodson Tags: Yoga, Philosophy, Positivity, Meditation, Spirituality How do you tone up those upper thighs and give a "lift" to your butt as you continue to sculpt your shape. Here's how! This series of simple poses will work your legs and buttocks, whilst simultaneously lengthening and toning them. You'll find and awaken muscles you didn't realise you had - all in a good way, of course! Before I go into this easy-to-adopt routine, please remember that yoga is your own holistic practice. This means that yoga works on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. How you view the world, see your day, and interact with others is a reflection of your own inner self. Let me give you an example: as you strengthen your body, both lower and upper, you become stronger in all situations and relationships - this balance and energy feeds into every area of your daily life. You are able to speak your true innermost thoughts with compassion, and see the world with gratitude and joyfulness. It is a calm and nourishing strength, from the inside-out. With yoga, you are working your muscles to lift themselves out of your joints; if you feel you're sitting in your joints or locking them up, bend them slightly, and that way you activate your muscles and allow them to flow into the pose. Keep your belly active at all times when doing the movements - in other words, "tight and tucked-in". Always be conscious of how you are breathing during these poses, as this will ensure you are getting the most out of your yoga practice. Follow this step by step guide to keep your legs looking defined and shapely, which will keep you feeling on top of the world. When working this next sequence, bring your full awareness into your feet (heels and toes) to activate your legs, and feel completely in the moment, and grounded. Let's go. Mighty pose (Utkatasana) This pose really works your upper thighs and buttocks! Strong legs give you foundation and keep you grounded - literally! This 'chair' pose works to build and develop muscle tone, especially in the lower half of your body. It's a strong pose, so hang in there, breathe slowly and release to standing at any time. Start by coming to the top of your mat. Bring your feet and knees together. As you exhale bend your knees, tuck your tailbone down and raise your arms up over your head with palms together. Open your arms out wide if your shoulders need more space. Breathe deeply for 5-10 breaths. Release to standing and repeat another 3 times. Lift to your toes From 'chair pose', above, try lifting your heels and come up onto your toes. Press firmly into the front balls of your feet, and keep your ankle bones touching to activate your inner leg muscles. Look to one point directly ahead, as this will help you hold your concentration and balance. Hold the pose without moving - be as still as possible, with your palms together in front of your chest, shoulders down. Breathe fully for 5-10 breaths, before placing your heels back onto the floor and straightening your legs. Repeat 2 more times. Horse stance Do you get frustrated at times? A pose to enhance patience and perseverance is known as the horse stance. It's a real test of your inner strength, especially if you hold it for long periods of time. Start with your feet one leg distant apart. Bend your knees and roll your inner thigh muscles outwards. Keep your torso upright and long, tuck your chin down into your throat and press your palms together at the centre of your chest. Breathe deeply as you hold the pose. Set yourself a goal time or number of breaths, e.g. 10 breaths, and hold for the full duration. To release come back to standing and shake your legs out. Warrior 1 As the saying goes, you've got to strive for what you want! This pose will work all those leg muscles you forgot you had! Please remember to breathe deeply and not to hold your breath. It can be a challenging posture, especially if you hold for longer than 5 breath

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Yoga, Philosophy, Positivity, Meditation, Spirituality

It's time to unwind, holiday season is here!


The sun is shining brightly these days - a sure indication that your summer holiday break is just around the corner! It's time to start winding down, lighten your load (possibly by shedding a few unwanted pounds), and get ready to relax for your whole Christmas break - looking and feeling in tip-top shape.

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zen, exercise, yoga

“Trees and Twigs and Choices…”


I love hiking. I love the cliché wind in my hair feeling and the exhilaration that comes with each stride up and down. There’s a sense of direction and adventure that can only be found in a place that has no phone reception or outlet. There’s also things called choices.

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Inspire, Exercise, Personal Triumph, Natural Remedies

Give Your Life A Twist...


Most people, at some point, try to turn their lives around, many of them succeeding, and many of them not... Why? Well, there are many answers to that question, but the real question you should be asking yourself is… Why not give my own life a twist? A twist to start over, to have a chance at a clean slate, to open yourself new doors and opportunities, to a new beginning or to even make a small change in your life that will eventually make a great change.

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Positivity, Psychology, Philosophy, Inspire

5 Fun And Free Ways to Workout This Summer


Think back to when you were a young kid. You probably didn't think to yourself: I have to get my thirty minutes of cardio in. Why? Because, when we were younger we wanted to be active. Being active was fun, and a way to socialize. Chances are you were in either soccer or dance, baseball or lacrosse, and you spent your summer's swimming in the pool, or playing manhunt. These are all forms of exercise that as kids we never thought about as something we had to do, but rather something we wanted to do.

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Fitness, Health, Exercise, Weight-loss

Get Your Motor Running: 5 Ways To Rev Up Your Metabolism


You're being a good little engine, eating right, getting enough sleep and exercising--but still, it seems like you've hit a roadblock when it comes to burning calories. What's a person to do? Instead of working harder, work smarter. Here are 5 ways to get your metabolism working for you again.

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Exercise, Health, Nutrition, Weight-loss, Yoga, Vegan

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