Thursday, August 11, 2011

fit•ness (fit-nis) | namaste

Now that my staycation is officially over I've got to get my butt back in gear. When my friends were in town I ate too much, drank even more and hardly did any type of aerobic activity. Unfortunately I was also sick right before my friends arrived so there was an entire week of no fitness. Although I dragged my friends around the city by foot, "It's hardly aerobically effective. I doubt I've worked off the calories in a stick of Carefree gum." (Can anyone name that movie?)

I haven't talked much about fitness, but it's something that's really important to me. I'm strictly an AM fitness goer and have no motivation to do any type of physical activity after work unless it's me exercising my drink options at happy hour (just speaking the truth). If you follow me on Twitter you might catch on that I reference #improvementmovement a lot, which is my hopes of improving my health, and I hope to do much more of that since I was doing really good during the first half of this year.

My weekly workout routine involves minimum cardio, lots of strength training and at least a day of yoga. Those little downward dog suckers really does a body good and if I go a week without a good stretch I really notice a difference. In the summertime my friends and I take advantage of Millenium Park's free Saturday AM workouts on the Great Lawn which include back to back hours of yoga, pilates and Zumba. It's a great way to be active, enjoy the great outdoors, save money on drop-in classes (which average $15/class) and be social.




The free workouts are amazing because the park rotates instructors from studios all around the city, so you get a good feel for different types of practices.  It's a great way to be introduced to yoga without feeling totally intimidated by all the yogis who have perfected their back bends and eagle poses. Just in case you've never tried yoga, or you're looking to expand your practice, I would highly recommend looking into free workouts in the park or investing in a Passport to Prana.   It's a great way to try different classes and studios at minimal cost. 

|Are you a yoga enthusiast?  If not, what is your favorite workout and what does your weekly workout routine consist of?|

10 comments:

Sabrina said...

Clueless!!!

This is one thing I miss about the city, the different events that take place during the summer in the park. I need to find stuff like this by me or start to make the trek to the city. I would love to take Zumba classes

LyddieGal said...

I haven't done much yoga, but the idea of doing it for free on a sunny morning in the park does sound rather inviting.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I used to do yoga but really consider myself just beginner-intermediate. I've found myself needing something more cardio-centric lately as I'm getting flabby so I'e actually been doing The Shred. I love it because it is only 20+ minutes long each workout (video) but it never fails to get me in a drippy sweaty fall-down mess. And two weeks in, I am beginning to notice a difference!

Kristen said...

I LOVE the yogas on Saturdays! We've only been able to go once this year, but it's amazing. Do you do all 3 workouts?

Lisa - Archives Vintage said...

ive always wanted to do yoga in the park!

Rebecca said...

Yoga in the park sounds like a lot of fun.

laura said...

I used to be super limber when I was younger. After being so used to sitting down writing and reading, I basically got old and lost it all. I suck at yoga, but I'd like to NOT suck!
♥ laura

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eek said...

I am a yogi :) I practice ashtanga yoga - usually 5-6 times a week as my primary exercise and meditation. I love it!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

I wish I lived a little closer to the park! This looks awesome! I rely heavily on my volleyball for exercise as I hate running/most other cardio, but I also like to lift and stretch. Luckily volleyball is a pretty good workout since we basically do squats while sprinting the whole time, then jump a lot. :)

gina said...

Wow! I'll have to give those a try!

Have you ever gone to the Lou Conte Dance studio in the West Loop? They have a few yoga and zumba classes on their schedule. The drop in rate is $15, but yoga classes are pay what you can (suggested donation of $5). The instructors I've had there are good.