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Stressed Out? Try Yoga.

School is stressful. I find myself with little sleep, a lot of neck tension and splitting headaches several times a week. I’ve always been a fan of yoga for a great stretch, but after reading an article from the Huffington Post, I’m going to take even more time out of my week to slow down and do a yoga session. The article points out that yoga helps boost your immune system, ease migraines and helps you sleep better, among numerous other benefits.

I took to Pinterest to find a great yoga tutorial. I found this awesome video.

It is part of playlist (click-through to watch it on Youtube, not just on this blog) and for someone who does yoga pretty frequently, I though this playlist was great. I was really relaxed by the end of the second video and feeling great. The first routine is only 5 minutes and mostly breathing exercises, so it’s easy to do between things. I usually take 30-45 minutes every few days to do a deep stretch routine, but this was a great addition to my repertoire.

If you find yourself stressing out this week, take a few minutes to relax and do some yoga! You’ll feel better, I promise.

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The Olympic Games Workout

Well, the Olympics are here and if you’re anything like me, you could sit for hours and watch as young athletes twirl, jump and shoot their way to victory.

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It’s exhilarating, really.

Isn’t it ironic, though, that we while we admire the work and dedication that carried these men and women to achieve their Olympic dreams, we sit on our couches eating potato chips and sipping a Coke?

Instead of letting the Olympics turn us into couch potatoes, we should let them motivate us to enhance our own physical fitness! Here’s a really fun Pinterest discovery that turned my Olympic TV time into an awesome workout.

->Olympic Games Scavenger Hunt<-

This idea is so fun because it’s a scavenger hunt workout. Watch for crying moms, listen for your national anthem, or the president of Russia, for example, and do the correlating exercise. This was an awesome way to spice up my exercise routine and make it really fun. (Bonus: the longer you watch, the more exercise you do and you’ll be on track for your own Olympic glory come the 2016 Rio Olympics!)

This is also way more fun if you have a workout buddy, so I recommend finding a spacious area where you and your friend will both have room to do some burpees and lunges. If you don’t have the space, though, you can take turns or do different exercises that your space allows. Whatever you do, try to get your heart rate up and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

So, friends, it’s your turn. Even if you’re not a gold medalist in Sochi, you can still work hard and achieve your personal fitness goals. Go ahead and play your anthem, whatever it may be. You earned it.

Citius – Altius – Fortius.

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Relax – And Do Yoga

As you’ve probably noticed, yoga is all the rage right now. Its benefits are said to include greater flexibility, better physical and mental health, and relaxation of the body and mind. As a college student, this sounds wonderful, so I decided to grab a friend and give it a try. I turned to Pinterest to find an effective yoga routine.

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The one I found promised great results in a short amount of time. As a yoga beginner, I was also looking for something relatively easy, and after glancing at it quickly, this routine didn’t look so bad.

Looks are deceiving, friends. While some of the poses were relaxing, others earned remarks such as, “You cannot do this unless you are a robot or have no bones.” Another common phrase was, “My body doesn’t bend this way. NOBODY’S body bends that way.”

Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s a quick photo recap of our favorite and our not-so-favorite poses.

“Hands to Feet” – Our hands weren’t quite to our feet, but it was still a good stretch and didn’t leave us feeling like we broke a bone or tore a vital organ in our body.

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“Balancing Stick” – This was another good one that made us feel like yoga professionals.

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“Locust” – This is where things started getting challenging.

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“Bow” – They told me that yoga would be relaxing. They lied. This was about as relaxing as getting run over by a truck. Even with the assistance of my workout partner, Maddi, I’m fairly certain this is impossible.

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“Wind Removing” – This one, friends, is absolutely the best. Anyone can do it. Although I can’t say it increased my flexibility a great deal, it was certainly relaxing.

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Overall, if you’re looking for a truly relaxing routine for your workout, I wouldn’t recommend it. If, however, you’re looking for a good laugh with some friends, by all means, grab your yoga mat and go.

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