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Even though having good posture gives us confidence, life doesn't always help us when it comes to our posture. We spend most of our day sitting in desk; when traveling we are either in a car, bus, train or airplane. We slump over in our chairs or sleep with several pillows under are head. We do so much not even realizing we are causing damage to our backs. Doing yoga can help maintain better posture and a healthy spine. The spine is what holds us up, so we need to make sure we keep it in the best condition!
Here are some yoga poses that can help with your posture thanks to breakingmuscle.com:
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Stand tall with your feet feeling the ground; open your chest with arms at your sides; slightly tuck your tailbone; engage your thighs; roll your shoulders back and down to lower your shoulder blades, and bring your chin back so your ears are above your shoulders.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Fold your body over towards your feet and hang there, grab your elbows with your opposite hands and breathe. After you release your arms, try looking up by opening the chest and flattening your back on an inhale. Then exhale and fold again.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Place your hands on the mat in front of you in a sphinx position and then slowly straighten your arms into your full extension of cobra. Bring your shoulders away from your ears, while keeping your pelvis and toes on the mat.
Hero Pose (Virasana)
Sit on your heels and sit up straight with the crown of your head towards the sky. If you have knee issues, this will not be your pose. If you can’t sit on your heels, get an ergonomic chair that mimics this pose or use a pillow for cushion.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Sit back on your heels and reach your arms out in front of you or bring them alongside the body towards your feet into a tiny little yoga ball.
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Phase one of our expansion to MBS King William is complete, and we'd like
you to join us on Thursday, July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. to help celebrate. So
come out and enjoy a yoga wear trunk show, tour our new facility, mingle
with friends, and meet our new instructors and trainers. Appetizers and
drinks provided. See you there!
As a kid, I was active and fit – I played sports and enjoyed being outdoors and playing outside. As I got older though, I became more interested in videos and video games, and less interested in going outside. Eventually my schoolwork became overwhelming, with long hours of sitting, studying, and practicing for my recitals. I gained weight, and became depressed due to my physique and the stress that school and work put on me. I got up to 220 lbs., possibly more, since after a certain point I just stopped weighing myself. I was disgusted by my weight, and felt that there was no hope for me - and I was just too far-gone.
But eventually, I found my motivation. I wanted to join the Air Force, but would have to lose a significant amount of weight to do so. According to their standards, I wasn’t supposed to weigh more than 175 lbs, meaning I had to lose at least 50 pounds just to qualify.
It was hard to get started, since I was afraid to go to the gym and afraid of being made fun of. So I made my backyard and neighborhood my own personal gym. I started a walk/run program, eventually building up to a steady 20 minute jog. After that I started to work on speed and distance, and then added in push-ups and sit-up as well - barely able to eek out 10 in the beginning. Eventually I tried pull ups; I couldn’t do one by myself, but with the help of a chair I could do about three.
Day after day, and rep after rep, I started to improve, and I remember stepping on the scale for the first time in a while and seeing it hit 210 - it was the first time I was under 220 in a long time, and I was excited about that.
I continued working at it and started feeling better and more confident which helped me in my work and school. I felt I had a goal and a purpose to exercise, and eventually I got up the courage to actually go to a gym. I was nervous, and scared of embarrassing myself, but felt like it was something I needed to do.
To my surprise, I received support from several of the other people there - people I had never met were friendly and helpful with workout advice. And then someone told me something I'll never forget: “Everyone starts somewhere. Everyone has a journey and a challenge to overcome. Some are just further in their journey than others. You are in here for a reason. Don’t forget that.”
After a year I made it down to 165 and made it into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, and later became a Pilot in the US Air Force. I continued my workout routine and got up to 175 lbs. of muscle - benching 255 lbs. for reps and being able to run a mile and a half in less than 10 minutes.
From that experience, I am still constantly trying to improve myself and help others do the same. Fitness is by nature a community builder. No one should be scared of fitness or scared of going to the gym. Everyone starts somewhere. How far you get on your journey depends on you and the work you put in. Don’t let anyone else take you down and away from that. Just take it one step at a time, one rep at a time, one exercise at a time. Anyone can reach their goals no matter how far out of reach it may seem. I am living proof of that.
Cameron's full line up of classes with start later this month but in the meantime we invite you to try his FREE Free Boot Camp offerings that started earlier this week:
Wed June 1st at 6pm: Conquer the Bar
Wed June 1st at 7pm: Team Calisthenics
Thurs June 2nd at 6am: Quadric Agility
Fri June 3rd at 6pm: Team Calisthenics
Mon June 6th at 6pm: Conquer the Bar
Tues June 7th at 6am: Quadric Agility
3 month new member Summer membership (must end no later than 9/15/16)
Two personal training sessions.
MBS Fitness in Alamo Heights, 5025 Broadway, San Antonio TX 78209
Ants on a Log:Take a piece of celery, wash, and slice it in half. Then fill the slices with almond butter or peanut butter and top with raisins or any type of dried fruit.
Taco Lettuce Wraps:
In a pan, cook ground beef or ground turkey meat until brown. Then add taco seasoning to the meat and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Take the lettuce like a boat to make the wrap. Add about half a cup of meat to the wrap and then add your choice of toppings – some popular choices include tomatoes, salsa or guacamole.
We all know it can be hard to keep your workout routine during the Christmas season. Whether you’re going out of town, Christmas parties or doing Christmas shopping, all of these things can keep us from going to the gym. Here are three Christmas workouts that can be done wherever you are! No equipment is needed.
The 12 Days of Christmas (repeat 2-3 times)
5 Mountain Climbers
7 Jumping Jacks
8 Russian Twists
10 Tuck Jumps
11 Leg Levers
Christmas Tree Workout (repeats 3 times)
50 High Knees
40 Jumping Jacks
30 Bicycle Crunches
2 sets 30 sec. Wall Sits
20 Side Leg Lifts (on each side)
December “25” Workout (repeat 3 times)
25 Jumping Jacks
25 Standing Calf Raises
25 Jumping Jacks
25 High Knees
25 Lunges (each leg)
25 Russian Twists
25 Jumping Jacks