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Workout Wednesday: Bedtime Yoga

March 5, 2014

Bedtime Yoga

While it’s important to work on toning our bodies, we also need to remember to get enough good sleep – a night of restless, interrupted sleep doesn’t help anybody! Women’s Health Magazine offers this great bedtime yoga routine to help ease yourself into a better nights sleep. These simple moves can be done right in the comfort of your bed, without sweating. It’s a great way to give yourself a few minutes of ‘me time’ after a busy day at the office or running after the kids.

NOTE: I am in NO WAY a fitness professional. Please do not take my comments to be professionally backed, nor do I know what is best for every body. I am simply sharing my personal experiences with these workouts. If you are unsure if you should be doing a particular workout, please consult your doctor first.

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 Positives: It’s a workout for not only your body, but for your mind as well. A short meditation to open and close this routine (as well as the benefit of sleep afterwards) really allows you to center yourself, and helps relieve all the stress you’ve been holding in throughout the day. The moves are easy to do, and I love being able to do them in my pajamas, on my bed. The stretches stimulate you just enough to make you feel like you’ve been productive, but leave you feeling relaxed and ready for sleep.

Negatives: Some people might argue that this isn’t ‘intense’ enough of a workout. Other than that, I had no complaints. Your sleep cycle can also been interrupted by cell phones, televisions, and other electronic equipment, so if you’re still keeping these on, you might not get as great a night of sleep, regardless of doing the bedtime yoga routine.

Reaction: I find myself struggling to fall asleep a lot – I often feel tired and then once I hit my bed, am wide awake. These quick and easy moves definitely helped me avoid that wide awake feeling, and not only relaxed my mind, but helped to relieve some of the stress that builds up in my muscles throughout the day.

Overall: I’d give this a 9/10. It’s a great way to stretch your body in an atmosphere that’s comfortable and relaxing. It’s also nice that you can hold each stretch for as long as you like, as well as tailoring the routine to your own schedule, and head to bed whenever you feel tired!

 

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Lifestyle Workout Wednesday

Workout Wednesday: Barre-tique

February 26, 2014

Reef Week 2

It’s week two of our Workout Wednesday series, and we’re heading to a Barre-Tique class over at Back Stage Studio to get a glimpse at what gives dancers such toned bodies. This workout will require a light weight and a stable bar or surface (think ballet studio bar). It’s a core-infused fitness class that brings together elements of dance, yoga, pilates, and stretching. It is not a dance class, but rather couples choreographed movements that are designed to burn cellulite and give you a long lean dancers body. This work out is great for those of us that HATE the gym and like low impact training with high impact results!

NOTE: I am in NO WAY a fitness professional. Please do not take my comments to be professionally backed, nor do I know what is best for every body. I am simply sharing my personal experiences with these workouts. If you are unsure if you should be doing a particular workout, please consult your doctor first.

 

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Positives: A low impact structure with the same sore muscles as a high impact work-out. The next day you know your body has been challenged even though you didn’t spend the day at the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I say low impact because there is no jumping or running but it is still an intense work-out! Between the deep stretching and the slow controlled movements with a weight it definitely makes you sweat. In the end, if you love a work-out that you know is toning your muscles then this is for you (and me).

Negatives: Depending on your fitness level, I miss the high impact (walking, running) just a little. You are also VERY sore the next day(s), so make sure not to have a strenuous day planned after your work-out.

Reaction: Two days later, I’m still a little sore, which is a love/hate relationship.

Overall: I’d give this a 8/10. It’s a great workout to tone. I would recommend doing Barre-Tique two-three times a week.

 

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