My workout history is as such:
High School: I played EVERY major sport and STILL worked out with The Firm daily. I was fit and thin.
College: I worked out to The Firm daily and spent my weekend skiing, rock climbing, hiking and RUNNING in the mountains. Yes, you read that right…. After doing a workout video I would run up mountains for fun.
Post College: I started liking pilates, still ran off and on, did some Firm Videos, started running again…
All this to say, I’ve never tried yoga. Why? Because the truth is I was/am an adrenaline junkie. Whether it was reaching a summit or rock climbing without ropes, I wanted my blood to pump and I wanted to feel the “high.” And I thought that I wouldn’t get that with yoga, PLUS I was loving what I was doing….so why try something new? Call me stupid, close minded, stuck in a rut… who knows what I TRULY was…
About a year ago I tried yoga, and it was TERRIBLE. Why was it terrible? It was TERRIBLE because I’d just had a baby. Babies do NOT “pop out” as urban legend would like us to believe… they RIP out of you after two days of hard labor. Birth leaves your abs decimated and your muscles aching. And that is on top of a back that is arched from carrying around a massive belly and 30 pounds or SO of extra weight packed on in weird places. All this to say, I felt this way and THEN gave yoga a try. I hated it. I couldn’t even do the warrior pose because it “hurt my girl parts.” Forget getting my leg to a 90 degree angle, I just wanted to keep from falling off the mat. Plus, I was trying a “Biggest Loser” video which I don’t even watch, or like, and bigger people were having no problem doing it so I figured that Yoga just “wasn’t for me.”
Well, today after running 2 miles I thought I needed something more, so I popped in the DVD. I chose level one since that’s what I am and…I truly enjoyed it. Maybe losing 30 pounds had something to do with it, but I could do all the poses. Comfortably. And it was relaxing and a great strength workout. I REALLY enjoyed it after my run. It was great and I will do it again.
As for the video…they say it complements Bootcamp or something. I doubt I will ever buy another Biggest Loser anything. I think the contestants lose weight at a really unhealthy weight. The video was good, but I’d like to try a Giaim version. And those bananas? Yah, they have been on the counter for ONE week and they still look like this!
Bah, I am a creature of habit and I wanted a banana after my run…like always! Do you yoga?