Yoga is great way to stay healthy and fit. Yoga is great for a physical challenge as well as mental cleansing. However, to add complete balance to your fitness regimen, you must also include a healthy diet and the proper exercise. Yoga instructor and enthusiast, Irene Pappas, understand the value of creating a balanced life behind the yoga. A part of her mission is to help others do the same. Below you’ll find some of Irene’s keys to achieving a balanced fitness regimen outside of her yoga.
- Start small: Fitness isn’t just going to magically come to you. You’re going to have to learn to train and condition your body starting off. And it’s okay not to be the very best at something starting off. Don’t let it discourage you. For instance, starting off Irene admits she could barely run 20 seconds without having to take a break and walk. Instead of giving up, she continued to push herself. After a few months of running 3 times a week, Irene could run up to 30 mins straight!
Remember, you’re not alone: One piece of advice that Irene finds very important is to allow yourself to get help. If you want to start yoga, instead of trying to figure it out on your own, find a good yoga instructor to guide you along the way. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable branching out on your own.
- Eat Mindfully: health isn’t necessarily about sticking to a strict diet. It is more so about learning what foods your body agree and disagree with and using that to guide you in your food choices. For instance, Irene’s diet is primarily plant-based, but it doesn’t stop her from eating a piece of meat every now and then. She puts most of her focus into eating good, wholesome foods rather than processed. She also avoids dairy because it causes bloating and is just not something her body agrees with.
- Pull yourself up: Since Yoga is based on a lot of pushing movements, Irene likes to balance that out in the gym with more pulling movements. Check out some of the gym exercises that will help you balance out any yoga routines.
Warm up 5-10 mins stairclimber
Foam roll legs
5×10 back squats
5×10 single arm row
5×10 Romanian dead lift
5×10 incline chest press with dumbbells
Core work – hollowbody drills
Finish with stretching