The practice of yoga is perfect for improving strength, flexibility, and balance, and it can also help reduce stress and improve energy. Many newbies find it intimidating, especially after seeing pictures of people balancing on their hands or sitting with their legs behind their heads.
Ease your anxiety: here are the most basic yoga poses found in any class or on any DVD. While some poses are more challenging than others, most won’t leave you knotted up like a pretzel. Becoming familiar with these essential yoga poses will boost your confidence, but even if you’re a seasoned yogi, you’ll appreciate having all your favorite yoga poses all in one spot.
Going to the gym is more than just walking in and jumping on a treadmill: there’s etiquette to follow. With so many of you making good on your New Year’s resolutions and hitting the gym this month, make sure these gym-going tips are fresh in your mind.
- Gyms are ridiculously busy in January. Check out our tips for navigating when yours is overcrowded.
- No one wants to get sick from exercising. Protect yourself from the germiest spots in the gym. And do your part by always wiping down machines before you use them.
- Nervous about taking a fitness class? Why it’s important to tell the instructor you’re a newbie, spy on a class before you go, and always stay for the stretch.
- Know the ins and outs of navigating the machines: it’s important to be able to deal with treadmill hogs, but if that doesn’t work, try one of these underused pieces of cardio equipment instead.
- Even when you’re worried about time, there are ways to fit in a workout. Here are ways to maximize a treadmill workout and save time when strength training. When you’re done, make sure to follow our time-saving makeup routine for the locker room – no one will even guess you just worked out!
- Make sure to know how to act when you’re there. From weight room etiquette to dealing with unsolicited advice, always be on your best behavior.
- Gym mishaps? No problem, we’ve got you covered! Here are the 10 biggest mistakes you’re making at the gym. No sports bra or socks? Still not a problem. How to deal with gym wardrobe fails.