HELP! I’m not used to working out and my feet hurt.

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This was a question from a reader of mine. So your all excited, your making healthier choices about life and you decide to start working out regularly. Until…. OUCH! my feet are killing me.. I’m sure you’ll probably experience this if your new to the fitness and workout world. Well here are some quick ways to help ease the pain and help prevent it too.

  • Massages always help. At night massage the balls of your feel or where ever its hurting for that matter. It will help them from cramping up at night too. Soak your feet in Epson salts.
  • Wear some decent shoes people! I know its hard to pay $50 bucks for a pair of Nikes or Asics, but do it. It will be one of your best investments, they will last longer, they have better arches and your feet will love you a whole lot better than if you were to wear some cheep shoes from Wal-Mart. Find a good pair that are good for your feet too, don’t just go off of brand names. If you need a higher arch, or wider toes.. Take the time to find the right pair.
  • If your shoes don’t have a good arch, there are inserts you can out inside your shoes to help with that as well.
  • Don’t get too excited all at once… HAha, its ok to be excited, but don’t over-do it the first week. Wean yourself into fitness otherwise you might get A. burned out too fast, or, B. hurt your feet ..and your body for that matter and you’ll be too sore to go back for like a week.
  • Elevate your feet when you sleep.

Hope this helps! Keep at it guys. You all are awesome! 🙂

The Benifits of Yoga

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All my life I’ve always geared toward the bouncing off the walls, high intensity cardio as the best way to get in a workout, and I’m still kind of there but I have learned that Yoga. Is. Hard! Its not as easy as it looks people! I was sweating after 10 min… and it wasn’t even hot yoga!

So I’ve been looking more into it, been going with a few friends at our local gym and man o man… you learn there is muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Here are some of the wonderful things I found out about yoga and how it can help benefit you.

  1. It helps your strength and help you tone up
  2. Posture- Yoga is all about being “in tune” with your body and knowing how your body feels.
  3. Helps your breathing- your lung capacity often improves because of the deep breathing exercises you do while your doing yoga
  4. Helps reduce your pulse rate, blood pressure and much more
  5. Helps mood and sleep
  6. Weight normalizes
  7. Memory, concentration, and attention improves
  8. Can help with anxiety and depression
  9. Your HDL ( the good cholesterol) increases when the LDL (the bad) decreases
  10. And the list continues …..

Here are some popular  yoga poses, try it at home, go to a class at a local gym, try it in the park or with a friend… see what ya think! .. harder than it looks.. plus you’ll sleep like a baby =)

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