Progressions and Fitness Challenges

Photo courtesy of Getty Images: the boat pose – a spine-strengthening position performed in the fire/wood progression.

I didn’t meet my goal to go to yoga both days this weekend, but I did get up this morning and go to the fire/wood progression. And it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be to get re-acclimated to the 98 degree temp. I’m definitely not as strong as I used to be and nowhere near as flexible, but I’ll get there. A very fashionable friend of mine cleaned out her closet recently and gave me first pick before she dropped them off to donate. They’re all a little tight which has been great motivation to work out and eat right this week since I got some really great new pieces that I want to wear soon.

But that’s not my only motivation right now. I want to look good in pictures and be fit enough to endure hours upon hours of sightseeing in my upcoming trip to Paris! I leave in less than one month from today and will be there for a full week with a friend from college. And knowing this friend, I’ll need to build up some stamina in order to keep up with her. So in addition to my regular workouts, I added in this mini workout the past couple of days to tone everything just a bit more.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Text added with PicMonkey.

I’ve been seeing this mini workout floating around Pinterest with the tip to do one round every day before you shower so it quickly becomes part of your routine. Seems like sage advice though I didn’t incorporate these moves in that way – it’s better to do what works for you. Either way, it only takes about 10 minutes and you’ll definitely feel it towards the end.

And to keep the momentum going, my fitness challenges for the upcoming week:

Fitness challenges – w/o 8/27/12
Drink 8 glasses of water every day
Go to 3 yoga classes
Run 10 miles
Walk dogs 1 mile every weekday morning

Wish me luck.


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