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Woo hoo! I’m interviewing Kathryn Budig in today’s episode. If you haven’t yet heard about Kathryn, then I must tell you: Kathryn is an internationally known Yoga teacher, author and founder of Aim True Yoga. She is the Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert and a contributor for The Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, Gaiam, The Daily Love and MindBodyGreen.
She is also famous for her arm balances. Don’t believe me? Look at that.
In this interview I am satisfying my curiousity about Kathryn, goddess Diana, and how Kathryn handles failure. As a Greek I am more than proud to discover how Goddess Diana from the Greek mythology acted as an inspiration for her. Let’s start watching!
Here are the topics we cover in detail:
Even though I usually advise avoiding exercises that target your abs specifically, I do think that if there is one abs exercise you should include in your home or gym workout, then it’s the Star Crunch.
I hadn’t really discovered this exercise, until I did 6 sets of it a few weeks ago. The result? I felt sore and realized that my body had muscles I had no idea were there! And this is exactly the reason I believe this is the best home exercise for abs.
It works your upper abs, lower abs, your abs deep within…It pretty much does not leave anything out.
A good posture needs killer abs and a killer butt. Seriously. Try one of the best butt workouts ever.
Or, do a complete home workout routine.
Fitness Reloaded episodes are usually kind of fancy…but today is different. This “take a moment for you” episode is super-simple. No fancy DSLR camera, audio recording devices, expensive backdrops, and photographer lights used. Just me taking a moment for myself…with you…using my computer’s webcam.
It’s very easy to let life keep us busy. Now is a good time to take a moment for you, just for you. Do nothing else. Just sit down and “be”. You can focus on your breath, think about what would make this day awesome, or just…be. You don’t really need to do anything to take a moment for yourself.
But be warned: Taking a moment for you may make you relax. It feels really good. Once you get started, you might actually want to take more moments like this one. You might get addicted to feeling good.
That said, let’s do this.
I got an idea.
If you enjoyed taking a moment for yourself, then why not make it a habit?
You can do it after you wake up…as part of your morning routine, or after you go to bed at night as part of your evening routine. I love this idea! I think I will do it at night…as I relax myself into sleep.
[Shh...There is a dirty secret below. But I cannot tell right now.]
“Inhale through the nose, expand your lungs, exhale as you push your body back in the starting position….Now repeat again. Inhale though the nose…”
I could never understand the emphasis on breathing during exercise. Why all those different breathing techniques? Wasn’t it enough that I was working my body? Why did I have to pay attention to how I breathed?
When I was a novice exerciser I used to get really confused with breathing during exercise. The instructor would tell me when to breathe in or out, yet that would only add to my confusion.
Not only did I have to pay attention to the exercise at hand, I was also supposed to somehow make sense of how I was supposed to breathe. All those different techniques and tempos were the equivalent of clutter for me.
Luckily, I can see things more clearly now. I now know when to inhale and exhale. But most importantly, I know that as long as I don’t make this one mistake, as long as I don’t break this one rule, then I cannot really get it wrong.
In today’s episode I am showing you…
Dirty Secret: These breathing techniques are not just great for exercise. They are amazing for relaxation and meditation. Just try them!
A few weeks ago I would have responded to this question with a big YES! But then I learned this simple kyphosis check, and to my disappointment, I discovered that I too have a rounded upper back.
You see all those hours of daily slouching, sitting in front of my computer, take their toll.
In today’s episode I am showing you the simple kyphosis check that opened my eyes, so you can see for yourself just how straight your back is!
Don’t get discouraged. Most of us in the Western World don’t have a perfect posture, because we spend all this time sitting and slouching.
Here is what you can to get back into having a straight posture:
1. Daily – teach yourself to slouch a little less, and sit straight a little more. Honestly, all the exercises in the world won’t help you if you keep having the same bad habits that created the kyphosis in the first place.
2. Daily – do this upper back release technique. It will greatly help your upper back muscles open up.
3. Three times a week or more – do the best posture exercise ever. It’s perfect for your upper back and for people who sit too long. Make sure you do it right.
Check this episode for a super simple technique to check whether your shoulders are rounded or not. It’s a quick hack to straighten your posture after a few hours of continuous sitting…
Check out whether your exercise program accidentally…ruins your posture.