Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hot Yoga

The absolutely wonderful Ms. Amy from Life’s Journey with a Smile is my guest blogger today. Make sure you stop over at her place at show her some love and enjoy!

Hi Jumble Mashers! I’m Amy from Life’s Journey with a Smile.

(I made that beauty of a header you see up there!). Tress asked for guest posters and she received! This is actually my first guest post and I had no idea what to talk about. I wanted to give you guys a bit of a taste of what I talk about on my own personal blog, while fitting in with Jumble Mashers.

Tress and I were chatting about Hot Yoga (and my obsession with it) and we decided that maybe I should talk about exercise! So here we go... 

I originally started my blog in attempt to remain accountable for my desire to lose weight. It’s been almost a year and while I had life get in the way a bit and haven’t lost a whole lot (about 15 pounds now) thing I have gained a lot of clarity on is exercise.  I used to hate exercise. I was one of those people that would go to the gym to lose weight and just hate it. I hated exercising, running was the devil and I just wanted results right. now. 

Around November I made a commitment to myself to start exercising three times a week and I did it. I just thought I had to go to the gym and maybe eventually I would really enjoy lifting weights and feeling like I was dying. I didn’t miss a week until after Christmas. I did enjoy how exercising made me feel, but I still didn’t love it. I was starting to lose my drive to keep going regularly and then I met hot yoga and fell in love.
A new gym opened up and I tried some of their free hot yoga classes and was instantly hooked. I finally found a form of exercise that I actually enjoyed doing, that challenged me and made me feel good...and that didn’t stop there. I didn’t hate exercising anymore, I loved it! 

Remember how I said I hated running? Well I secretly always wished I was just good at it so I didn’t have to hate it... and then about a month ago I started running...and guess what? I love that too! So now I have two forms of exercise that I absolutely love, and it’s no longer an issue of forcing myself to go to the gym.
Am I telling you to try hot yoga and running to love them too? No not at all. I highly encourage you try them if that spikes your interest...but what I’m saying is to find a type of exercise that you actually like instead of just going to the gym and doing a boring routine. If you like that type of exercise that’s great, but for me, the key to sustaining a healthy lifestyle is actually enjoying it!

Life is too short to do stuff you don’t enjoy.

Note from Tress: While Amy and I were chatting about the guest post, I confessed to her that I knew NOTHING about hot yoga except from what I had read on her blog.  Amy found and sent me these two videos to give me an idea of what it was all about and I thought it would be great if we added them to the post. So here ya go.



Meg O. said...

Yay for Amy!!

I love hot yoga! I've tried it when I visited a friend in Dallas. Unfortunately, there's no hot yoga places (surprisingly) in my area of Houston, although I go to a yoga studio. Hope my studio jumps on the bandwagon and offers it soon!

Amy said...

Awww thanks!! I guess I should have added tips too!

Drink lots of water before you go to hot yoga... and bring two towels, one large one for your yoga mat and a small hand towel to wipe the sweat!!

Danger Boy said...

I have to admit, I much prefer lukewarm or even air conditioned yoga. I sweat plenty enough at foam fighting events in the hot sun.

timothy said...

i agree finding something you like is key, i enjoy bellydancing and bollywood dancing, yes my 220 pound butt does both, and i was over 300 when i started so i guess they work! lol great post!!

Oilfield Trash said...

Good guest post!!!

Bubbles said...

That yoga actually looks great, I tired yoga a couple of weeks ago and it was seriously boring, the equipment was rubbish that my shoulder hurt afterwards so I never went back.

I know what you mean though about enjoying it as I loved step aerobics, aerobics and spinning classes I want to attend others but there aren't many at the time I go.

Nicki said...

I recently found out how much I adore yoga! EXERCISE I CAN DO! Running, not so much.

Anonymous said...

Great guest post but I think I am going to stick to Zumba--that looks like my own personal hell on earth...maybe one day I'll be in shape enough to attempt that but for now I am pretty sure it would kill me! Loved learning a bit about it though! :)

On My Soapbox said...

My conundrum is trying to find time for exercise. I'm up at 5:30a, home by 6p and asleep by 10p. If I exercise after I get home, then I can't get to sleep. Hmmm, maybe I need to exercise on weekends? It doesn't seem like that would be enough, though.