Strike a Pose against hunger
Nearly 20 yoga studios across Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman will hold donation-based classes Saturday to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma during the third annual Strike a Pose for Hunger. Participating studios include The Bend Yoga Studio in Bethany; Third Street Yoga and You Power in Edmond; Beyond Yoga, Hidden Dragon Yoga, Ignite Yoga, The Mat's Edge, Soul Yoga, Spirit House Yoga, This Pose Yoga, Yoga at Tiffany's OKC, Yoga Nest and Yoga Room, all in Oklahoma City; and Ashtanga Yoga Studio, Fusion Fitness, Yoga at Tiffany's Norman and Yoga Life, in Norman.
Create a workout plan
How many times have you started a new workout routine in January and fell off the wagon by the end of February? It happens to a lot of people when goals are unrealistic or plans aren't well thought out. Try these tips from the experts at Life Fitness to create a workout plan to stick to.
Create a weekly schedule. Long-term goals are great, but it's also important to break down goals into weekly expectations. Write down a weekly workout plan and schedule it into your calendar like any other meeting. When planning workouts, remember that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week. Split that into five, 30-minute sessions or maybe 15 minutes Monday through Thursday and an hour on Saturday and Sunday. Add in two strength sessions per week and you'll be meeting the exercise requirements for a healthy body.
Log your exercise. Tracking workouts and progress will increase your motivation to show up at the gym. Log workouts with an app, website or old-fashioned pen and paper.
Find a class and make friends. Group classes are ideal because there's something for everyone. Add a class once or twice a week to cross train and add variety. Plus, on those days when you don't feel like creating your own workout you can just show up and follow the guidance of a group fitness instructor. Making friends in class will make showing up more enjoyable and provide an additional layer of accountability.
Increase intensity over time. Don't jump on a stationary bike for the first time and go full tilt with the most difficult preprogrammed workout. Doing more than you are ready for might make you throw in the towel. Hop on the treadmill, elliptical or other equipment and work up to an intensity that's right for you. Add hills, intervals and zone training as you go. As your strength improves, you can increase your speed, intensity, duration and resistance.
Fit Tips are provided by Life Fitness, which designs and manufactures high-quality exercise equipment for fitness facilities and homes worldwide. For more information on Fit Tips and other fitness advice and expertise, go to visit www.lifefitness.com/blog.