Health & Well-Being

Back to Bikrams Yoga

It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve done Bikrams Yoga and I finally went back last weekend. The last couple classes I had back at the end of 2012 weren’t great and on top of that, Bikrams is expensive! If you know me, I’m super cheap when it comes to fitness (unless it has anything to do with cycling), so I stopped going all together.

I decided to try Bikram’s again because my friends asked me to go with them to check out a new location in New Westminster. I was also sick that day but I managed to drag myself out of bed because I thought it would be good to sweat it out. Sweat it out I did but it was HARD and I definitely could not hold some of those poses as well as I did before— my back was really stiff from the last couple months so the back bends were hard, my legs were sore from my workout on Friday and I didn’t remember some of the poses. The heat also caused some light-headedness since I was sick so I really had to take it easy.

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I have NO regrets whatsoever and I’m extremely happy I went because it has renewed my interest in Bikram’s Yoga! I love the intensity, I love the heat and I love sweating so I’m definitely going back — I just bought a 10 class card. *gasp* You see, there are a lot of things you can do for free when it comes to fitness while some things aren’t but is 100% worth it… and hot yoga is one of those things.

If you guys live near the area, check out the new Hot Yoga location in New Westminster. They are offering a one month deal for students who have never been in the studio in 2014 for $39.99. Meaning if you were in the studio at any time in 2013, but not in 2014, you are eligible.

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    One Tip For a Successful Gym Session

    ALWAYS go to the gym with a plan.

    Always go to the gym with a plan.

    1. You won’t waste time.
    2. You will be less intimidated.
    3. You will make the most out of your workouts if planned properly.
    4. You save yourself from standing around awkwardly.
    5. When you write down your workouts, you will also be keeping a journal to track your journey so you can always look back to see what worked or didn’t work for you.

    Do you always go to the gym with a plan?

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      Knowing When To Slow Down

      Exercise does amazing things for your mind, body and soul but it’s important to know when to slow down. We all love high intensity workouts and breaking a sweat because it makes us feel good and it burns fat but there is a fine line between training like a beast and over-training.

      Being sore after a workout is normal but when you are feeling constantly fatigued, extensive pain and soreness that never seems to go away, an irregular heartbeat or just general weakness and no progress, your body is telling you it’s time to take a step back and slow down.

      Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart. Working out releases cortisol, the hormone released into your body when you are under stress. Cortisol is cortisol so the stress from a workout is the same stress from your job and life. If you don’t slow down, you will build up chronically high levels of cortisol and increase your risk for serious health issues. It’s extremely important to listen to your body when it’s telling you that it’s too exhausted from any stress-inducing activities such as work and exercise— if you ignore those signs and keep on going, you’re only asking for injuries and sickness.

      I can’t even begin to describe the past month for me but unsurprisingly, I was still able to commit to my daily workouts and I kept them all INTENSE. That is until this week. It doesn’t help that I also got my wisdom teeth removed last Saturday but when I started working out again on Tuesday, my body totally failed me.. I was burnt out. Then on Wednesday, I attempted to go through my with planned leg day but it got dangerous when I got lightheaded… the next day I was sore all over and I barely did anything! My warm up weights were already killing me, my muscles were super tense, I had fatigue that never went away throughout the week, I could barely hold myself up while sitting at my desk because everything was so uncomfortable and then right when 6pm hit on Friday, my throat got dry and sore, my sinuses went all crazy and I knew I was getting sick. Ugh.

      Next week, I’ll be listening to my body and slowing down my workouts. I won’t stop cold-turkey because there is no way I was going to sit at my desk for 14 hours and not do any physical activity. The gym is my escape!! I’ll just continue with easy spins on the bike, lifted light weights and LOT of stretching and recovery but probably nothing intense and no HIIT! Sigh.

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