Confession time: Sometimes I struggle to get my own workouts in (aside from classes). This week has been one of those weeks. I’ve taught a few extra classes this week and I’m pooped out. This is one of the reasons I encourage the 10-20 minute workouts. While you may not have time or energy, you can do anything for 10 minutes, and it all helps! One of the things I’ve been doing is more mobility work, and work for my glutes. This is one reason I was happy to review these resistance bands by NeeBoo Fit (in exchange for an honest review), the great news is that YOU can get 25% off by entering the code BLOG2MAY on checkout, more details are available on the NeeBoo Fit website by clicking here, the promotion lasts till May 31st 2015. You can see my video review below, or on my YouTube Channel.
I already have bands similar to this but was curious to try these out as they are a SIX piece set, usually the bands you get are individually available or in sets of three. The bands come in their own carry pouch with instructions for a few exercises. Each of the bands is a different color (as you can see above in the photo) and each has the logo plus the resistance level. Even if English isn’t your strong point then there are dots along one edge dictating the resistance level.
Resistance bands are used in physical therapy, corrective exercise, and mobility work. They work to build strength through continuous resistance. The NeeBoo Fit bands were great to use, and though they did have a rubbery smell it wasn’t off putting. Each band is 2″ x 12″ and you could use multiple bands for more resistance. I liked the addition of the bag for storage, and unlike other equipment all the bands fit back inside the carry bag once I’d used them. Resistance bands are great for home workouts as they need very little storage space, These are literally the size of a large orange. How’s that for space saving? Resistance bands are used in physical therapy, corrective exercise, and mobility work. They work to build strength through continuous resistance. Of course I have an assistant that makes things a little more challenging at times…
In all if you’re looking for a space saving way to build strength these resistance bands are a great idea. I especially like that they work the back which is tough when you workout at home. Everyone has space for these so storage isn’t an issue. Great purchase for your home gym.
So if you do yoga (you know you should), pilates or some other workout that means you use a mat, you’ll know that those suckers have a life of their own. They get dirty and they roll awkwardly then won’t unroll completely during your yoga practice. If you carry your mat to classes it can be more challenging so I made a handy dandy video tutorial on how to roll up your yoga mat to avoid kinks and keep it clean.
Now you might think… Why do I need a tutorial? Well if you are rolling from one end of the mat to the other, your mat is picking up all the crap off the floor, and that floor might not be as clean as yours is at home! So that’s why you need a freakin’ tutorial! The mat by the way is the youphoria yoga mat I reviewed earlier this week.
Step 1 - Lay your mat flat. If you’ve just done yoga or pilates it should already be flat. Have your yoga carrying strap or bag handy.
Step 2 – Fold that sucker in half… or almost in half, with the clean side facing together. You need to fold it so you have about a 4″ gap as shown below.
Step 3 - Once folded, grab the folded end and ROLL. This keeps the clean sides together facing each other, rather than rolling the underside onto the topside and gathering all the bits of dirt off the floor.
Step 4 – Keep rolling right till the end. The top that WAS shorter should now pretty much line up nicely with the half underneath. BAM!
Step 5 – Put that sucker in your bag, or wrap with your carrying strap.
This won’t change your life, but it will mean you get a clean yoga mat to lay on every time. You’re welcome!
One of my most popular workout videos is the 8 minute yogalates workout and I thought “hey Di, you haven’t done a yogalates video in a while…” so here is another workout combining yoga and pilates! I’ve combined a sun salutation with chaturanga push ups for the triceps, and added mountain climbers for the core. Along with your traditional yoga moves like downward facing dog, planks and crescent pose, it’s a challenge for the arms, core and balance too. You can see the video below or in my YouTube channel.
Half Sun Salutation – Standing at the front of your yoga mat take an inhale sweeping the arms up overhead, exhale and float the upper body forward hinging at the hips. Inhaling lift the torso half way, exhale release back down. Release all the way back to standing by rolling up through the spine. Repeat this three times.
Push Up Plank Dog – Repeat the sun salutation into the forward fold, then bend the knees, place the hands down on the floor and step back into plank. Hold for a breath, then lower the knees to the floor and do 3 push ups with the elbows tucked in to the sides. Lift up to plank, then exhale into downward facing dog, breathe through plank to down down 3 times, then bend the knees step the feet toward the hands and reverse the sun salutation. Repeat this 3 times.
3 legged dog with mountain climber to crescent pose – From downward facing dog, lift the right leg reaching the foot high, sweep the right leg through to a plank with the right knee towards the left elbow, Push up to downward facing dog with the right leg lifted. Repeat a total of 3 times.
Dog, to low lunge to crescent pose – from downward facing dog with the right leg lifted sweep the foot through between the hands into a low lunge. Place the right knee down on the floor with the top of the foot opened out on the floor. Lift the arms to the sky for crescent pose.
Bring the arms down to the floor, tuck the right toes under, lift the right knee. Step the right leg back with the left leg into plank, lift the hips for downward facing dog. Repeat on the left side. Repeat three times each side.
Yoga is one of my favorite workouts. I love that it combines strength with power, flexibility, balance, breath and relaxation. I always feel so good once I finish a yoga workout. If you do the workout let me know how it goes in the comments, and let me know if you want more yogalates!
One of my goals for 2015 was to dive head first into yoga. Not only by seeking more yoga education but also more personal practice, and teaching more classes. Part of yoga is having the right the equipment. I’ve got my mat(s), bags, straps and blocks but wanted another mat for home practice so I can leave one mat in the car ready for teaching yoga at any time. So I jumped at the chance to review this blue yoga mat by Youphoria. The sent me the mat in exchange for a review and I was only too . . . click here to read more about Youphoria Yoga Mat Review
Creamy salad dressings are something I kinda miss since going vegan, and especially since switching to clean eating and avoiding all the preservatives and junk they put in bottled dressings. So I went on a search for dressings and tried a few. Whilst I didn’t like little bits of one or another I came up with my own version that’s creamy but cheesy (thanks to nooch). The important thing is to try stuff, add things in for different combinations and variety. Pretty much no two dressings I make are the same, I might change the amounts or use . . . click here to read more about Meatless Monday: Veggie Salad dressing
I love working out at home, and it’s one of the reasons I do my weekly workout videos, because I know that other people also workout at home and need guidance, inspiration and motivation. When I got the opportunity to receive a fitness ball by Body Sport in exchange for a review I jumped at the opportunity. I already have a ball but it’s slightly too big for me, perfect for my training clients and Bob but a little large for me, so this would be perfect! I did a video review which you can see below or . . . click here to read more about Body Sport fitness ball review
Have you ever heard the saying that “you don’t know you NEED something, till you have it”? Well this Mr Visibility LED reflective belt is something I initially thought Bob wanted on a whim, but after seeing it in action I have to say that man knows his stuff! I got the opportunity to receive this product in exchange for a review and I just thought that while it was an interesting concept I didn’t really see it as something we’d use, Bob however wanted to try it, so I indulged him. We did a video review . . . click here to read more about Mr Visibility LED reflective belt review
For those in the USA you have another 5 days to get your taxes filed, or file for an extension so get busy! In the meantime I took out some of the hard work and put together a fun money spinning playlist. Hey, it’s tax season so a money themed playlist seemed like a good idea! This one features songs about money, hard times, good times and the struggles in between.
Price Tag – J Rae iTunes / Amazon
Warm Up, Enough Said. I actually use a fitness version of this song I . . . click here to read more about Spin Playlist: Money
If you’re a fitness junkie like me you’ll no doubt have seen people in compression sleeves either in running, cycling, in the gym or CrossFit box, it seems like everyone is wearing them. After wearing compression sleeves for my runs over the last week I have to say they are going to be a part of my wardrobe every run in future. Whilst they may not be the greatest fashion statement they sure do help recovery. Recently I had the opportunity to try the Tekma Sport Calf Compression Sleeves in exchange for a review. Whilst . . . click here to read more about Tekma Sport Calf Compression Sleeves Review
Last year I decided to purchase a body bar for our home gym. If you haven’t seen these before imagine a weighted broom handle, the one I got was 20 lbs and I decided that this week I’d share a workout I did with the body bar. If you’re looking to get your own body bar I recommend the Cap Barbell brand or weighted bars (Amazon affiliate link), and I’ll be uploading a review on mine soon. So here is the workout video I uploaded to YouTube, remember to subscribe to my channel for instant updates when I . . . click here to read more about Workout Wednesday: Body Bar Interval Workout
I'm Di: personal trainer, fitness instructor, writer, blogger and all round health and fitness nut. My husband Bob and I live in Southern California. I enjoy vegan food, hiking with my dalmatians, vacations in our RV, and 'sampling' Bobs homebrew.