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Practicing Self-Care – And Ready to Run Recap- Week 2 and the Week Ahead

Practicing Self-Care – And Ready to Run Recap- Week 2 and the Week Ahead

Whenever you fly on an airplane, the flight attendant always tells you to put your oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else you’re taking care of. Until the first time I ever flew as a mother, I don’t think I even listened to these words, let alone pondered their meaning. This past week was Mother’s Day, which got me thinking a lot about people who take care of others. There are lots of unsung heroes out there who are caring for the young, the old, or the differently abled. Yoga Teachers also spend a lot of time taking care of others. And, while it’s a great feeling to be a caregiver, it does become very easy to forget to take care of yourself. Or to find the time. Caregiver burnout, from the physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, can be a serious problem when caregivers take on more than they can handle, or don’t get the opportunity to recharge themselves. It can lead to fatigue, illness, problems sleeping and depression. So what can you do to self-care, and re-charge? One of the reasons I turned to yoga was to take care of myself. I was working full time, and coming home to a busy household at night, and there was precious little “me” time. I found that taking an hour at a yoga class was like a mini vacation, and I would leave re-charged, with renewed energy and focus. And, as I’ve spent more time working in the fitness industry, I have come to really appreciate how much impact can be achieved in a small amount of time if...
Ready to Run Recap- Week 1 and the Week Ahead

Ready to Run Recap- Week 1 and the Week Ahead

  This week I started, for the fourth time, an 8 week learn to run program taken from the National Post several years ago. The goal is to eventually build up to a five-kilometer run, from the ground up. Each week has 3 sessions, to be done on non-consecutive days. Here’s a summary of Week 1, find a comfortable pace you can maintain through the runs, and when you are walking, walk briskly, like you’re late for something. Check out the May Newsletter for the whole story, and some yoga poses to get your hamstrings ready.   Session 1 Walk 10 minutes (Run 30 seconds then walk for one minute) x 8 Walk 5 minutes Total time: 27 minutes   Session 2 Walk 20 minutes (Run 30 seconds then walk for one minute) x4 Walk 4 minutes Total time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 minutes   Session 3 Walk 10 minutes (Run 30 seconds/walk 30 seconds) x 12 Walk 5 minutes Total time: 27 minutes   The first week wasn’t that difficult, since it is mostly walking. One challenge was keeping track of how many run/walks I was doing. I devised a system using pennies, and if the sessions calls for 8 run/walk combos, I’ll take 8 pennies with me, and move them from the left to the right cup holders on treadmill as I complete them.  Or you could move the pennies from pocket to pocket, if you’re outside.  Looking forward to moving more in week 2, so here’s the next 3 sessions, when you walk, do it briskly and  when you run keep it slow and steady:...