How I work Fitness into my workday

We all know the drill.  Get up early in the morning and dress for work.  Make it through the 9 to 5 and try your best to being productive. If you have your own business, then you are in a hectic adventure of running things the best way possible.  Now bring the family in and you have your day full.  There seems to be no time left for what is also important: you.  Yes, maybe you have an active day, or maybe not.  What about if your work is sitting on a chair during the whole journey?  Not to mention that you are slowly killing yourself, you must make an effort to take some time for you.

People usually ask me how do I fit, into my busy day, some time to stay fit.  Now, there is not really a secret recipe or mystery into doing this and the answer can actually be pretty obvious based on what we already know.

Don´t kill yourself

The first thing you need to do is set your priorities straight.  For family counseling I remember everyone stressing out the fact that nothing is more important than the quality time you spend with your kids, nothing.  So, if you are busting your behind at a job that is killing your time and yourself in the process, then you should reconsider your lifestyle.  Is this job really worth it sacrificing so much time you could use for you or your family?  Will it still be rewarding if you changed to a job with less demand but less pay but have more time to yourself?

 Fit at least an hour into your agenda

Once you have set your priorities straight it is time to fit at least one hour daily for going to the gym or working out at home.  I usually take three days of the week to hit the gym and make sure I get to workout, at least lightly, during the other four.  Now, I am definitively not trying to become the strongest or fittest man on earth, so I mainly take it easy. You see, among reasons to get fit, there is health, looks, or both.  After hearing so many stories of people starting the gym on January as a new year’s resolution and then failing to complete I was determined not to let that happen to me.  I have always strived to stay motivated and to keep my goals real.

If you want to keep it even more real, you can also hire a personal training Calgary to drive you through a very convenient fitness plan. If you like high intensive exercise, try a lunch-hour boot camp class.

Stay active even at work

Even if your job demands you to stay on a chair during the whole eight hours, you probably get times for at least a small break and a lunch break (if you don´t, then go back to my first point).  Use this time to take a little walk or to perform some physical activity.  It does not need to be something too strenuous as you do not want to get back to the office all sweaty.  I always try to take a little walk from time to time.  If I can take the stairs instead of an elevator, I do that.  I almost rejoice if my floor’s bathrooms are full and I have to use other floor’s.

Eat healthy

This one goes without saying and has been common knowledge.  When I see people at the gym that have been there for years without getting fit, I realize that the highest percent of being fit has to do with what you put into your body.  So be caring of what you eat and keep in mind that this is fundamental to get as fit as you wish to be.

Paddle Board Yoga to Relax

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Are you Paddleboarding? Then why not try paddle board yoga? Haven’t heard of it? That’s why you’re here, to learn what paddle board yoga is and why do it.

What is Paddleboard Yoga?

SUP Yoga is a form of yoga but on the beautiful water. You can practice on the shoreline sand or in a swimming pool to obtain the strength and flexibility needed to keep up the balance and postures on fluid water, for example, the sea or a lake. Professionals and those with strong cores can start by traveling through a sequence of yoga postures, while remaining on a typical length surfboard or a specially designed stand up paddle board.

How to do Paddleboard Yoga?

As we have learned earlier, this is almost similar to regular yoga, but with an added twist, you do it on a stand up paddleboard. Before you start, make sure that you’re comfortable handing the board. Don’t be afraid though as it’s really easy and intuitive. Once you’re comfortable, you can begin doing paddleboard yoga.

Select a ySUP

Okay, maybe you’ve tried stand up yoga a few times and now you’re ready to make the investment. How do you choose a board? What types of things do you look for?

First we need to size the board. Too big and it’s going to be a boat to carry around. Too small and you’re going to end up in the water more often then not. That said generally speaking we’re going to want to err on the side of larger. The larger a board, the more volume the more stability. You want stability while practicing your downward dogs in the middle of the ocean. Trust me on this one :).

Okay, so what else? Well at the very least we want a pad or a mat to work on. Solid construction paddle boards are generally very firm on top. That doesn’t bode well. That said you can get pads that are made out of the same material as yoga mats. Pretty good right?

You wouldn’t do yoga on the bare class floor (hence why people have become millionaires selling yoga mats). Pretend it’s a classroom floor, bring your “mat”.

Better yet, buy an inflatable paddleboard. Paddlers Retreat offers some pretty in depth reviews on the subject. Onto the poses!

The Poses for your SUP Yoga

There are several poses but we’ll discuss the easiest to learn and best for beginners. The two most popular are downward facing dog and knee lunges. Let’s dive in!

Downward Facing Dog – Stretch That Back Out!

Begin on all fours. Spread your fingers wide apart and reach towards the edges of the board. Really spread them out. Place your index finger and thumb to the board. Twist your toes under and lift your rump in the air (and shake it like you just don’t care – kidding!) while snaking your neck around. Chip away at pushing through your hands, and lift your forearms way up into the clouds from the board, always reaching further with each breathe. Drive your sternum to your spine and activate the core, driving your heels to the ground to establish a strong pose. If your lower back is tight, use a slight bend at the knees. Hold for at least seven breaths or no less than 30 seconds. Repeat three times.

Don’t forget to enjoy your settings!

Knee Lunges

Begin in downward dog (the previous pose) and step your right foot forward towards the middle of your hands while setting the left knee down on your mat (oops I mean board). Keep your front toes pointed. Curl your back toes under your body for added stability. Your feet ought to be hips distance apart despite the fact that they are in two different places.

Make sure to drive through your heel and ball of your front foot – this is where you draw your stability from, and push through your toes and ball of your back foot – this is where you draw your power from.. Place your hands on your thighs for strength if needed. If you’re feeling strong in the pose, send your hands to the sky, palms up. Return to downward dog and reset your left foot forward. Hold each one side for five breaths or 30 seconds each.
Those are just two of the many poses you can do on a paddle board. It really is a great sport!