New Workout Wednesday: Restorative Yoga

As you guys already know from this previous post, I am trying really hard to get more exercise into my daily routine. And I’m sure you also know how difficult it can be to find the time (as well as the motivation) to fit a workout into an already over-scheduled life.

It is so vitally important to make taking care of yourself a priority. You’ve probably heard the saying that you have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone (or anything) else. I believe that’s true. And you shouldn’t feel the least bit guilty for carving out some time in your day to take care of your body and improve your overall health.

One of the easiest ways to get in a quick workout is to simply turn on your television or computer. There are so many free on-demand workouts that you can do from the comfort of your living room. With so many options, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a workout that is perfect for whatever state of fitness you happen to be in at the present moment. You could literally do a different workout every single day for like, forever.

So in an effort to find new workouts in order to keep me motivated, I’m launching “New Workout Wednesday.” Each week, I’ll try a new workout and then let you guys know what I think about it. This week, we’re starting with…

Sportskool’s Restorative Yoga

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You should be able to access the Sportskool library in the On-Demand section of your cable provider. (If not, here is a list where you can find the workouts.) Restorative Yoga is a 30-minute session of gentle stretches designed to realign the spine and basically stretch your entire body.

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What You’ll Need

a straight-back chair, 2 pillows (1 firm, 1 soft), 2 rolled towels, yoga mat

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I chose this particular workout today because I was feeling extremely stiff from my run yesterday. Perhaps it’s the change in the weather, but when I woke up this morning, let’s just say I was feeling a bit more than my age.

As you can see, my “yoga partner” slept on the couch the whole time I was doing the workout.

This workout is not really so much a yoga class as it is more of an advanced stretching class. There were no real yoga poses (aside from the child’s pose), so I would definitely classify this as a beginner’s workout. However, it was EXACTLY what I needed today. Every single stretch felt amazing, and by the time I had finished, I no longer felt any stiffness. I tend to carry any strain or stress in my lower back, and these exercises really focused on that particular area.

Not only would I highly recommend this workout to anyone who experiences lower back pain, I would suggest it for those of you who are runners or do any type of regular high-intensity sports. Stretching is so important and I certainly know that I’ve been guilty of going out for a run without stretching before or after. And that’s when I really feel it the next day.

So, if you’re looking for a relaxing workout that will stretch out your whole body and relieve lower back tension, this is the one. Give it a try! Carve out 30 minutes of your day and pretend you’re at a fancy yoga retreat. Take care of you, and never, ever feel the least bit guilty about it.

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