DVD Review: Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior

Sometimes everybody needs a little zen in their life. You know that kind of feeling where you are calm and mellow but ready to take on the world? Yoga for the Warrior is that kind of feeling. I love a good yoga class where I can work up a sweat but also leave feeling like I can take on whatever the day throws at me. The fact that Bob’s video brings that kind of feeling in the own comfort of my home is amazing.

I have tried various home yoga DVDs and have found a lot of them to be boring, monotonous, or just plain confusing. All completely opposite of that cool, relaxed feeling I’m supposed to have. When I first picked up this DVD I was skeptical given the bad rap so many other DVDs out there tote. Simply put I don’t like videos wasting my time.

Typically cardio and interval training videos are my forte since I’m light on time and want to get the max benefit out my workout. But yoga has such awesome benefits for your body like flexibility, strength, a “centered” feeling….that I had to find a way to incorporate it into the weekly mix. Let’s just say I got my money’s worth purchasing Bob’s video.

Yoga for the Warrior runs 60 minutes and comes equips with a second workout for yoga abs. Bob takes you through a full array of common poses ( sun salutations, the warrior series, tree, triangle etc.) and also more challenging poses (awkward airplane, bird of paradise, wheel). He also takes the workout to a whole new level with heart rate raising bursts like chaturanga push-ups and downward dog shoulder presses.

All in all I highly recommend you give this video a try. Its a tough workout but leaves you feeling amazing when it’s over. Do half of this video and you’ll still finish feeling flexible and calm.

Yoga for the Warrior is great as a stand alone workout and also fits nicely as a second workout. What I find works great is 30 minutes cardio or strength followed with 30 minutes of this yoga video.

Tried this video or have another great yoga DVD you recommend? Let’s hear about it!

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Chia, the superfood that makes you grow?

The term Superfood has burst into the nutrition scene with a roar over the past two years.  Doctors, health experts, nutrition advisors, personal trainers…. everyone is talking about the holy grail or cornerstone of our nutrition. The extensive list includes everything from salmon and blueberries to the lesser known foods like quinoa (which also burst into the nutrition scene) and chia seeds.  

Since it would take me all day to go in-depth about each one of the superfoods, I will save you the grief and focus on Chia seeds. Maybe my mind is warped but I can’t help but envision those iconical commercials we’ve seen for years with some animal or person or even inanimate object that when slathering seeds on top makes it sprout into a giant bush.  In fact I just saw one the other day for Duck Dynasty… surprise surprise!

So to put aside all doubt in my mind I decided to research this mystical seed.  But no joke, Chia is for real and packed with super value.  No you can’t climb Mount Everest after consuming some but here are some of its awesome benefits.  For one tiny seed, it undoubtably packs a punch:

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Source: http://metro.co.uk/2012/08/07/can-chia-seeds-live-up-to-their-billing-as-the-latest-superfood-on-the-block-526881/

Now that you see the value in the seed what the heck can you do with it?  Here’s some ways to “slip” it into your daily routine:

  • Sprinkle in your oatmeal
  • Blend in with your smoothie
  • Add seeds to the top of your salad
  • Mix in a stir fry
  • Munch on as a snack

Now that you know the true value this superfood holds.   It seems inevitably easy to incorporate it somehow into your daily nutrition.

Have you tried Chia seeds?  Any creative recipes you’ve come up with to include these?  Let us know!

5 Fun Health Facts for those “Off Days”

We all know exercising regularly and eating well are the best tools in preventing illness. We have also had the days when we just don’t want to work out and those days when we can’t stand to eat another salad. I’ve collected a few ideas that should help you on those “off” days; they work for me!

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  1. Did you know that Laughing out loud reduces cortisol levels and improves your bone density?? Finding more reasons to laugh seems doable.
  2. The word ‘gymnasium’ comes from the Greek word “gymnazein”, which literally means “to exercise naked.” Sounds fun to me.  
  3. A study done by American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition states that eating a bowl of  ice cream two hours after a workout triggers your insulin, which is a hormone that is essential in the muscle building process. Helping my muscles, one scoop at a time…
  4. An Italian research team found out in 2003 that people who ate pizza on the regular were far less likely to develop esophageal, colon and mouth cancer. Check and check.
  5. Interval workouts produce post-workout calorie burn, and increase mitochondria growth (mitochondria help to burn fat). So, even while you enjoy your post-interval-workout sit on your couch, you’re burning calories. 

My takeaway here is: interval training then pizza, ice cream and laughter. Who’s with me??

Contributing Writer, HoneyCrunched Kate Milde

 

 

Source: Crazy Health Facts, Huffington Posthttp://thegymlifestyle.com/10-shocking-fitness-facts/; http://www.fitness.com/articles/648/15_amazing_health_facts_you_may_just_not_know.php