Friday, March 30, 2012
Feel right at Om
I really love Bikram yoga. The room is heated to 105 degrees or more so your heart rate is higher than in a normal class. The heat also really helps increase your sense of flexibility — not to mention it’s a great way to escape the winter chill outside. I also love that even though it’s physically demanding, you really feel calmer when you leave than when you got there.
Take it on the run
I love to run, and a big reason for that is that I never, ever would have thought I’d be able to say, “I am a runner.” I started out with some Couch to 5K podcasts and did OK, but it wasn’t until I signed up to run a half marathon for charity that I became serious. The runs aren’t always easy and honestly I don’t love every single one, but I love the structure that training for a race gives me, I love the muscles I can feel in my legs even on a “fat day,” and I love that the first thing I do in the morning is something for me and me alone. I’ve met some wonderful friends through running, too — hi, Ellen, Brianna, Aaron, Stephanie, Michelle…
—Elly Trickett McNerney
Stay on pointe
I took ballet classes my entire life growing up. And despite my busy schedule, dance is still a passion — and a hobby. Most dance studios around the country offer ballet classes for adults. It gives me a chance to unwind, stretch, socialize with others, and of course get a workout.
Step it up
I have a Wii Fit, so while I’m watching TV (which is always, let’s be serious) instead of sitting on the couch, I use it to step! Sometimes I’ll be on it for an hour and not even notice. It’s a great way to make it to my 10,000 steps a day without even having to think about it.
Find a new racquet
I play platform tennis, commonly referred to as paddle tennis. It’s played outside and it's primarily a doubles sport. The best way to describe it is that it's a cross between ping-pong, squash, racquetball and mini tennis! Most people play paddle in the winter — the platform is raised above the ground and has heaters underneath it. The court is screened in and you can hit the ball off of the screen, so you spend a lot of time running back and forth. I played a few weeks ago when the real-feel temperature was 6 degrees F and 30 minutes into the game, I had my gloves and hat off, and my coat unbuttoned. It's a ton of fun and such a wonderful way to spend a crisp winter evening with friends.
One of my go-to workouts is kickboxing. I love it for so many reasons; it gets your heart rate going and provides great resistance training with push ups, lunges and planks. Best of all, you get to hit something. You can punch, kick and work out your issues on those big boxing training bags. It’s a great way to relieve stress after I’ve had a hard day.
Mix it up
First, I love walking — but not just any walking: Speed walking. It feels a bit goofy at first, but once I get in the groove, it's a great way to get fresh air and activity and alone time all at once. (Moms know that getting alone time is tough. It's nice to have a way to get it without resorting to extra showers or faking intestinal trouble to get a few extra minutes in the isolation chamber).
Second, I do Kinderhundnastics (A.K.A. working out with dog and kid, using cardio, abs, lower body, balance and stability):
1. Run away from the dog at top speed, stopping just before you can't take another breath.
6. Do as many squats as you can and still get up to standing.