JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge Week 1 Recap

For the last week I’ve been participating in the JunieBeYou yoga challenge on Instagram. The challenge is hosted by @jonesy.the.yogi (Sarah J) and @erinpeoplesfitness (Erin Peoples) and sponsored by @FoxyMalas. According to the hosts, this yoga challenge, “revolves around feeling good physically and feeling good about who you are”.

I had started to feel better physically after getting back into working out regularly with Les Mills Pump, but I’ve really been enjoying adding yoga from this and other yoga challenges to the end of my day. It’s nice to get in a stretch, revisit old poses and try some new ones. Taking pictures  of these poses not only helps me see where my pose is on target or a little off but to see the muscle development I’ve been gaining in my other workouts and I’m sure I will continue to develop through yoga. Although the Sanskrit name isn’t listed with the poses in this challenge, I’ve been looking them up to help me learn those in addition to the English names.

I’ve also really been enjoying the yoga community on Instagram and it does help me to feel good about who I’m choosing to be in that I’m finding like-minded and encouraging people. Today I’ll share the first seven days of poses with you including some information about the poses and my experience with them.

 

Day 1: Wild Thing or Camatkarasana

Sarah says this pose was chosen because she thinks “We all have a little wild side”. You start in side plank, then reach back with your top leg and point your foot toward your head. Then slowly reach back with your arm on the same side, opening your chest. For those who aren’t comfortable with this, side plank was also an option. I went for Wild Thing and found it harder than I expected. I had to try it a few times to get the hang of it, but it was a fun pose I’ll probably do again. Here’s the version I put on Instagram where my arm was far enough back not to appear in the picture. You can see another one in this post.

Wild Thing Camatkarasana for JunieBeYou

 

Day 2: Warrior II or Virabhadrasana II

This pose was chosen by Erin because she believes “everyone has a warrior inside of them, and when things get though that’s when you have to dig deep inside, find the warrior within, and fight through whatever is against you”. I really like the sentiment of that, and I have always identified as a fighter. Here’s my warrior pose:

Warrior or Virabhadrasana for JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge

 

Day 3: Child’s Pose or Balasana

Sarah said that this pose reminds her of her personal practice in that she likes to “keep a beginner mindset while practicing and learning more about yoga”. She also said that she always finds enjoyment in the pose. I do too, especially as it often comes up in a workout after some kind of hard work. It gives me a much needed chance to relax.

Child's Pose or Balasana for the JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge

Day 4: Tiger Pose or Vyaghrasana

I followed Sarah’s process for this pose and did a few cat/cow poses in preparation. I thought I’d had trouble with this pose previously, but it was pretty easy to get into and comfortable for me so either I’ve improved or, more likely, I’m thinking of a different pose. This was actually one of my favorites poses of the first week. For those who can’t grab their back leg, just lifting the leg was suggested by Erin.

Tiger Pose or Vyaghrasana for JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge

Day 5: Rabbit Pose or Sasangasana

This pose is achieved by reaching back from child’s pose and trying to reach the heels. Only if this is comfortable, then one can scooch the head back, trying to get it between the knees. Erin indicated that one could also lift the hips, but I did not attempt that.

Rabbit Pose or Sasangasana for JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge

Day 6: Garland Pose or Malasana 

Erin says that this pose is great for opening up the hips, which of course it is. It also happened to be the same pose for Day 3 of another challenge I am doing, JuneOYourChakras, in which it was used to focus on the root chakra. One of the hosts of that challenge @alekmp7 said she chose the pose because it bring us close to the ground and helps us calm down. I’ll tell you more about what I learned about the pose and chakra when I do a recap for that challenge. For now, here’s the pose:

Garland Pose or Malasana for JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge

Day 7:  Upward Plank or Purvottanasana

The actual pose for the day was Inverted Staff Pose or Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana. Sarah said she usually gets into this pose by starting in wheel pose, lowering her elbows, and extending her legs out as much as she can. That wasn’t happening for me, so I joined Erin and her daughter in doing upward plank.

Upward Plank or Purvottanasana for JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge

If you want to follow along with my daily progress in this and other yoga challenges, you can do so on Instagram @investinginfitness. If you want to join the JunieBeYou challenge, it’ll still be going on until June 21st. You can find more info on how to sign up for it here. Best wishes on your fitness journey!

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Choosing a Yoga Method

Choose a Yoga Method Image “Sunset Yoga” © by EpicStockMedia via Canva.comI used to think that yoga was yoga, and that yoga was generally boring. I have a short attention span and had been doing yoga workouts that were slow moving and/or asked me to hold poses for what seemed like forever. Occasionally I got in a mood to practice yoga, but mostly I avoided it. Sometimes when a stretch/yoga day came up in a workout program I was doing, I downright dreaded it.

Then I tried Ho Ale Ke Kino, which I’ll post about in the future. While the type of yoga was not specified in the workout, it was more fluid than some of the yoga I had been doing, and I found it relaxing. Recently I have found myself enjoying the “Flow” workout from Les Mills Pump, which I’ll also post about in the future. Still, it wasn’t until I started participating in the various yoga challenges I’ve discussed here, many of which are hosted by yogis of the Ashtanga method, that I began to realize that there are many different styles of yoga. I have enjoyed some yoga before and have been enjoying these challenges. Perhaps I just haven’t found the right yoga method for myself yet.

So I began to read up on the various methods of yoga to help myself with choosing a yoga method to suit my personality and fitness goals. I’ll discuss seven of the yoga styles I’ve seen mentioned most often below, though there are many others. Sources are listed at the end of the post and numbered in the text. The order reflects the order I found the sources, not the order they appear in the text.

1. Hatha Yoga

This form of yoga, which originated in India in the 15th century, has a slow pace and focuses on breathing and meditation. Benefits include stress relief and improved breathing (1). A study in Psychosomatic Medicine indicated that women who perform Hatha yoga once or twice a week recover from stress twice as fast as women who don’t (4). This may be a good form for beginners as it is the style from which many modern styles are derived (5).

2. Vinyasa Yoga

Said to be a variety of Hatha, this method of yoga places the focus on a series of 12 poses called the Sun Salutation where yoga is matched to the breath (1). I had heard of the Sun Salutation before and was pretty sure I had done it a few times at various points in my life. Instructions for performing it can be found here. Benefits include strength and flexibility, toned abdominal muscles, reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes (3). Considering I already have hypertension to manage (which I’ll tell you about some time), this might be a good yoga method for me.

day 7 YogaGivesBackChallenge crow pose

Crow pose for YogaGivesBackChallenge. Click to see more poses on @investinginfitness

3. Ashtanga Yoga

This is a form of Vinyasa, which was developed by K. Pattabhi Jois (2). Some have said Ashtanga is a form of power yoga (1). However, it seems that power yoga is really a Western spin on Ashtanga, created by Bender Birch (6). Ashtanga is focused on eight metaphorical body limbs and has a fast pace (1). Practicing Ashtanga or power yoga can burn about 500 calories per hour (4). This is the form of yoga practiced by many of the yogis whose Instagram yoga challenges I’m participating in. You can read a more in depth discussion of Ashtanga by Sarah (one of the hosts of the JunieBeYou yoga challenge) including how it relates to her spirituality as a Christian (though it does not have to be a Christian practice) here

4. Iyengar Yoga

Invented by BKS Iyengar (8), this yoga sounds to me like Ashtanga-plus since it is said to incorporate everything from Ashtanga plus bodily alignment (1) although it was created as a blend of hatha, traditional Indian wrestling, and gymnastics (8). Yoga teachers in this method are trained in biomechanics and can teach people how to modify the poses to reduce risk of injury (4). Due to the focus on alignment, the poses are held for longer than in traditional classes (7). (Side note if you want to work on bodily alignment you may also want to check out Tai Cheng which is a Tai-Chi based workout).

5. Bikram Yoga

Probably better known as “hot yoga”, bikram is practiced in a 95 to 100 degree room with a purpose of flushing out toxins and deep stretching (1). According to WebMD, those who have hypertension or diabetes should check with a doctor before doing this type of yoga (3) so that’s probably off my list of yogas that I’d want to do regularly.

6. Yin Yoga

Slow-paced with poses held for up to five minutes, this form of yoga is good at helping people recovering from pain and stress (4). The slow pace and long hold time is why I would probably stay away from this form of yoga except perhaps if I had a day where I particularly felt like having those things.

7. Jivamukti

I can’t seem to find my way back to the site on which I first read about Jivamukti as a yoga practice for those who like movement as well as spiritual and philosophical teachings. But I found similar sentiments echoed on Yoga Journal in which it is discussed that Jivamukti combines an ashtanga background with ancient and modern spiritual teachings (6). Jivamukti has 6 tenets shasta (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (kindness), nada (music), and dhyana (meditation) (7). Part of ahimsa is ethical vegetarianism (veganism), and I’m not sure if that’s something I’m ready for.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at some of the methods of yoga I’ve come across. There are many others. I haven’t decided what method I will end up choosing, or if it will end up being one not on this list, but for now I’m having fun exploring. If you want to learn more about some of the yoga masters and lineages, check out the LightOnTheMasters Yoga Challenge, which started today with Iyengar and continues until the 21st.

 

Do you have a favorite method of yoga? Let me know in the comments below!

 

References

1 5 Different Types of Yoga–Which One Suits You Best? on Daily Cup of Yoga
2 My Christian Yoga Practice: Ashtanga on The Foxy Post
3 Which Style of Yoga is Best for You? on WebMD
4 Which Type of Yoga is Best for You? on Health.com
5 A Yoga Style for Every Fitness Personality on BestHealthMag.ca
6 Not All Yoga is Created Equal on YogaJournal.com
7 What is a Jivamukti Yoga Class? on JivamuktiYoga.com
8 Yoga Practices Personalized: 10 Yoga Styles to Choose From on MedicalDaily.com
9 Core Philosophy: Jivamukti Yoga on JivamuktiYoga.com

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LightOnTheMasters 8-Day Yoga Challenge

LightOnTheMasters Yoga Challenge

Click to go to @twincities_yogi on Instagram.

Tomorrow begins the #LightOnTheMasters Yoga Challenge on Instagram. For each day, a different yoga master and lineage will be featured (for example Ashtanga and Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Jivamukti and Sharon Gannon and David Life, etc.) with information on each presented by one of the hosts. The challenge part is for each participant to choose a pose she or he feels best honors that master/lineage. Participants have the freedom of creativity; however, for those unfamiliar with the master/lineage of the day, the host will be offering suggestions.

The hosts of the #LightOnTheMasters challenge are @twincities_yogi, @lightfulyogini, @minnesotayogini, and @yogasassygee, and they will rotate presenting the master/lineage of the day. The schedule according to a post by  @twincities_yogi is as follows:

 

June 14: @minnesotayogini with Iyengar-BKS Iyengar

June 15: @yogasassygee with Yin-Paulie Zink

June 16: @twincities_yogi with Jivamukti-Sharon Gannon & David Life

June 17: @lightfulyogini with Ashtanga-Shri K Pattabhi Jois

June 18: @minnesotayogini with Restorative-Judith Lasater

June 19: @yogasassygee with Kundalini-Yogi Bhajan

June 20: @twincities_yogi with Para-Rod Stryker

June 21: (International Yoga Day) @lightfulyogini with Baptiste-Baron Baptiste

 

Want to join in this Instagram yoga challenge and maybe win a prize? You’ll need to follow all the hosts (above) and sponsors: @lululemon, @lunajaiathletic, @yoga_democracy, @mymatmymantra, and @balinisports. Repost the photo above from a host’s Instagram account and tag some friends who may want to join the fun. Make sure your Instagram profile is public. Post a yoga pose that you feel best represents the master/lineage of the day each of the eight days. Use the hashtag #LightOnTheMasters and tag all hosts and sponsors in the posts. Enjoy!

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a brief overview of my understanding of some of these yoga methods as I have sorted through information trying to figure out which style or styles best fit my personality and fitness goals.

 

 

What is your favorite yoga method or lineage? Let me know in the comments below!

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Les Mills Combat Supreme Warrior Wrap-up

Les Mills Combat CaseAfter Week 7 of Les Mills Combat on the Supreme Warrior schedule, I had my rest day plus an extra one. To begin Week 8, I did Combat 60 Live, which is always intense but fun. Normally I work out in a sports bra and shorts, but since it was a cool day, I did the workout in yoga pants and a tank top. I should have stuck with my usual attire. About halfway through, I took off the tank top to work out in my sports bra but was stuck with the pants. I got pretty overheated. I made it through the workout without needing to change into shorts, but I’ll stick with shorts for that workout from now on.

I thought I had gotten through at least two more workouts in Week 8. However, I apparently didn’t take notes (or took them by hand and misplaced them), and of course I can’t seem to find the calendar on which I was marking off the days I had done. So, this will have to suffice as the conclusion of my experience with this program. I can’t remember why, but I took over a week after those few days. At that point, with only about a week left to finish the program, I figured my “end results” wouldn’t really be accurate if I picked up where I left off. However, while I have since done one-off Les Mills Combat workouts and enjoy them, a “do over” of the full program has yet to happen.

In retrospect, I should have just picked up where I left off as long as I was feeling fit enough to do those workouts, so I could say I finished even if it wasn’t “on time”. I might have had slightly less great results than I would have liked because that would have been better than doing what I did do, which was end up putting off consistently working out for far longer than I should have. On the plus side, at least I got in about 7 and a half weeks of workouts, which is more than I had before starting the program.

I am finding that even with programs I enjoy, like Les Mills Combat, I tend to get bored doing the same thing over and over, and I think that contributes to me not being motivated enough to finish them For awhile, in an effort to at least work out more if not follow a program, I just did whatever struck my fancy for the day.

Now, I’m doing Les Mills Pump. I’ve started my third week of that program and, while not bored, I have mixed up some of the days, figuring it’s better to do the next in line and go back than to take an extra rest day that might turn into two or more. Because the program recommends walks with some of the shorter workouts or on days where no workout is scheduled with the recommendation to replace the walk with another cardio workout if needed, I’m enjoying the flexibility to change things up, which I think is going to help me push through.

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It’s Not Too Late to Join the YogaGivesBackChallenge

YogaGivesBack yoga challenge

Click to go to BeachYogaGirl on Instagram

I am a little late bringing you the YogaGivesBack Instagram challenge, but it’s not too late to join in the yoga fun and fundraising! Hosted by @beachyogagirl and @kinoyoga and sponsored by @aloyoga, this challenge is also a charity fundraiser for @yogagivesback, a nonprofit focused on raising awareness and funds to alleviate poverty in India. You can read more about Yoga Gives Back here.

Participation in this yoga challenge costs nothing. Rather, @aloyoga and the hosts have committed to donating funds to @yogagivesback based on the number of posts hash tagged #yogagivesbackchallenge by the end of the month. At 50,000 photos, @aloyoga will donate $1000. At 100,000 they’ll donate $2500. At 150,000 the hosts will donate $2500 for a total of $5000. I’ve read that not only is it acceptable to start from the day you join but also to catch up on past poses as long as they’re in by the end of the month. I started at Day 10 and have also been working my way back through the previous poses. As I’m writing this post, there are 40, 885 posts in the challenge. Your own posts can make a difference and help you get into shape at the same time.

If you choose to participate you’ll be trying one pose daily from the Ashtanga method of yoga, which is a form of Vinyasa, or flow yoga. Sarah of The Foxy Post, and one of the hosts of the JunieBeYou challenge I’m also participating in describes Ashtanga in this post. Although some of these poses may look difficult, or it may seem hard to figure out what’s being done in them, the hosts each post videos on their Instagram accounts which you can follow to take the pose down a notch (or in some cases up a notch if you’re an advanced yogi).

Even if you think you can’t hold a pose for long, it’s worth trying them. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold Day 7’s crow pose, which I caught up on tonight, for long, if at all. I started with downward dog and walked myself into it based on this suggestion from Jenny at PopSugar Fitness. Because I set my camera on a tripod and had a 10 second timer with 5 continuous shots, I managed to capture the whole 2-ish seconds I managed to pull it off. You can follow along with my progress on this and other Instagram yoga challenges here.

day 7 YogaGivesBackChallenge crow pose

If you want to join in this challenge, repost the #YogaGivesBackChallenge from one of the host’s Instagram pages. Post a picture of you doing the daily pose (or a variation) with the hashtag #yogagivesbackchallenge. This month, @aloyoga is also donating $1 for all sales of their Sweat It Trunk to @yogagivesback. If you want to donate directly to Yoga Gives Back, you can do so here.

 

Are you participating in any yoga challenges this month? Let me know in the comments below.

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Get Creative With Yoga BecauseYogiSays

Yogi Says Challenge

Click to go @momwhatsfordinner on Instagram

Tomorrow (June 11th) begins the #BecauseYogiSays yoga challenge on Instagram, which is like Simon Says, but for yoga. Each day through June 20th, the hosts @momwhatsfordinner, @lydiamakokha, and @rackerman722 present a different “yogi says” challenge. For those who like to plan ahead, each day’s “Yogi says” is printed on the image.

Each “Yogi says…” is open-ended, so participates can, and are encouraged to, use their own creativity in choosing an asana. This also allows for flexibility, so beginning and advanced yogis can have fun. There are ten sponsors (see image) and there will be ten prizes awarded. Host @momwhatsfordinner says that they only ask two things “express yourself” and “have fun”. Sounds simple enough.

If you’d like to join the #BecauseYogiSays challenge, make sure your account is public during the challenge. Repost the image above from one the sponsor’s Instagram accounts and tag two friends in the image whom you think might like to join you. Follow all of the hosts and all of the sponsors. Post your daily “Yogi says” pose using the hashtag #BecauseYogiSays. Enjoy! Starting tomorrow you’ll be able to follow along with my participation on Instagram.

If you’re wanting to participate in another yoga challenge or need a challenge that’s more directive, check out the JunieBeYou challenge and the JuneOYourChakras challenge. I’m participating in both of these and having fun so far. There is one more challenge I’ve found and started participating in, for which sponsors and hosts are going to donate funds to help the poor in India. Although it’s already in progress, I read today that it’s okay to start from the current day and to catch up if you want to. Stay tuned tomorrow for more info on that. If you haven’t already, consider subscribing by email so you don’t miss that or future posts.

 

Will you be participating in #BecauseYogiSays? Let me know in the comments below.

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Join the JuneOYourChakras Yoga Challenge

JuneOYourChakras Yoga Challenge

Click to go to Alekmp7’s Instagram

Do you know about chakras? Do you want to learn more about them? If you answered yes to the second question, you’re in luck. Starting tomorrow (June 10th) until June 30th, you can learn more about your chakras, practice correlating mudras (positions of the body that can influence your energy or mood) and poses, and participate in some meditation from your root to your crown with the #JuneOYourChakras Instagram Yoga Challenge.

The JuneOYourChakras challenge is hosted by @brit_labonte, @alekmp7, and @momwhatsfordinner and sponsored by @omsoulshop, @trybe_gofree, and @earthrunners. According to @brit_labonte, it’s suitable for beginners and advanced yogis alike. To participate, you need follow all of the hosts and sponsors on Instagram, repost the photo above from one of the sponsor’s Instagram accounts, and tag friends who may want to participate. Follow along with the challenge and post your pictures, tagging the hosts and sponsors each time, and using the hashtag #JuneOYourChakras.

In the mean time, if you’re excited to learn about chakras, you can get a basic overview of the seven chakras here. Although I have heard of chakras before and have a basic understanding of what they’re about I don’t know a whole lot, so I’m excited to learn more in this challenge. I just discovered Instagram Yoga Challenges the other day with the JunieBeYou Challenge, but I’m already finding it a great way to learn more about and practice more yoga.

 

Have you ever participated in an Instagram challenge, or are you interested to do so? Let me know in the comments below.

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Join the JunieBeYou Daily Yoga Challenge

Screenshot of #JunieBeYou Photo from @jonesy.the.yogi

Click to go to @jonesy.the.yogi on Instagram

Lately I have been thinking that I should do more yoga. I enjoy getting a good stretch and increasing my flexibility. And, as I was especially reminded today, yoga can help me build strength.

Today I discovered the JunieBeYou Yoga Challenge on Instagram, which began today and continues through June 21st. Hosted by @jonesy.the.yogi and @erinpeoplesfitness and sponsored by @FoxyMalas, the challenge, according to host @jonesy.the.yogi (Sarah J) “revolves around feeling good physically, and feeling good about who you are.” Participants have the chance to win jewelry from Foxy Malas.

This challenge sounded like a great idea to me. And I happened to be just in time to participate with the first day’s challenge pose, “wild thing” also known as Camatkarasana. Sarah J said she picked this pose to start with because she thinks “we all have a little wild side”. The position requires beginning in side plank. From there you reach back with the top leg and point your foot toward your head. Then, slowly reach back the arm on the same side as the leg you moved, opening your chest.

Sarah J said to hold the pose for as long as you feel relaxed. That wasn’t long for me. This pose was harder than I had expected. I’m not sure if it was because I had done it toward the end of the day after doing Les Mills Pump‘s “Pump Challenge” and taking a 40 minute walk, or if it would have been as difficult to hold myself up even if I’d done it at the beginning of the day. However, I got the hang of it well enough to call my attempts good enough for myself. You can see my second-to-last attempt at the “wild thing” pose below, which unfortunately I only just noticed went a bit blurry with the arm. My last attempt, in which I got so far back with my arm it disappeared from the photo, is on @investinginfitness. You can see what the “wild thing” pose is supposed to look like in Sarah J’s photo here.

JunieBeYou Wild Thing Yoga Pose Attempt Investing in Fitness

For those who might wonder my shirt says “Keep Calm and Stay Shiny” which is a reference to Firefly.

If you want to participate in this challenge, follow both hosts and the sponsor. Repost the challenge intro photo above from one of the sponsors’ Instagram pages on your Instagram. Take a photo of yourself attempting the daily pose and post it to Instagram and include the tag #JunieBeYou. If you have difficulty with “wild thing” or aren’t comfortable attempting it, Sarah J posted a modification, which is to remain in side plank.

Want to participate in a yoga challenge but want to try more than one pose per day? Check out IGYogaChallenges, which details several different yoga challenges going on this June. I think I’m also going to attempt BecauseYogiSays, which is like Simon Says but with yoga directives, JuneOYourChakras in which the hosts discuss chakras and share related poses, and LightOntheMasters in which the hosts teach about a yoga master per day and individuals participating can decide what pose best honors the daily master and post a picture of themselves in their pose of choice. Namaste!

Will you be participating in this or another yoga challenge? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Fit Facts That May Make You Want to Eat Sushi

5 Fit Facts on Eating Sushi. Investing in Fitness. Image Designed in PicMonkeyI’ve been eating sushi more often lately. It tastes good, fills me up, and is affordable for the kind I tend to get. I’ve also heard it’s pretty nutritious. So I today I decided to find out more about the health benefits of sushi and pass on some facts:

1. Nori, the sushi used on the outside of sushi rolls is low in calories and high in vitamins A, B-6, and C,*,  high in minerals like iodine (which helps hormones function properly) as well as magnesium, calcium, and iron as well as being high in antioxidant phytonutrients and folic acid,** and  may reduce blood pressure* and boost metabolism***

2. Though the nutritional value will differ depending on selection, fish in general provide high quality protein and are low in calories, fats, and cholesterol.**

3. Omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and decrease the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, are especially high in salmon and also elevated in mackerel, lake trout, herring, and tuna.**

4. Though high in sodium,** soy sauce (often served with sushi) is low in calories,* high in iron and protein, and may aid digestion and help kill colon bacillus.***

5. The rice vinegar used in making sushi has antibacterial affects and may lower blood pressure.***

I hope you’ve enjoyed these fit facts about the health benefits of sushi. If you did, please pass the information on to others who may benefit via the social sharing buttons of your choice. If you would like further information on sushi, check out the Sources section below. While finding these facts,  I also came across some helpful tips on how to eat sushi, which you can read here.

 

What is your favorite type of sushi? Let me know in the comments below. 

 

 

Sources

*What are the Health Benefits of Sushi? on Livestrong.com

**Sushi: Health Benefits and Risks on C Health

***Seven Reasons to Eat Sushi Other than Because it Tastes Great on RocketNews24

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Les Mills Combat Week 7 Supreme Warrior

hiit

I’m back to share my experience with Week 7 of Les Mills Combat. You can read more about the program and why I did it here. Posts about previous weeks in the program can be found here.

I took a couple of days off because I was busy or lazy—I don’t remember which, but they often occur together—and then I didn’t feel well for a week. So, about a week and a half after Week 6, I started Week 7 with Combat 45. By this time, it felt good to finally work out again.

Unfortunately I jacked up my sleep schedule over the next few days and didn’t find time when I was both awake and with enough energy that I could jump around for a few more days. When I got to HIIT Power, it was 10 at night on the night when I did it, so I skipped all the jumping lunges and sumo jumps. This cut the workout time down significantly, but at least I got the workout in and didn’t upset the neighbors below (as far as I know).

A couple days later, I got to Combat 60 Live. I modified the scissors and switches but made it through the whole workout. Getting this workout in felt good. A couple days later, I got Plyo in and worked out in the morning after I’d stayed up all night. I’m not sure how I managed to stick it out, but I did. Combat 45 was the next day, and while I wasn’t feeling it part of the way through and was tempted to skip some, I didn’t, and I was glad I made it through the whole workout. I ended up not working out the next day, but the day after that I did Power HIIT in the afternoon. I’m glad I worked out then, because by the night I would not have felt up to it.

Obviously, when I say Week 7 here, I am referring specifically to the week’s worth of workouts since it took me longer than a week to get to and longer than a week to get through. Although in an ideal world I would have done them on schedule, I think it’s more important that they got done in the first place. Spreading a program week out over several extra days is better than skipping the whole week, after all.

 

What is your approach to following a workout program schedule, or do you prefer not to follow one?

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