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Top Yoga Poses For Runners

Runners tend to suffer from multiple injuries, but incorporating a cross-training activity such as Yoga, will prevent these injuries from occurring. Take a look at the different Yoga poses that will be vital to runners when it comes to strengthening his/her balance and mental focus.

Leg Stretches: Help strengthen and stretch your legs in order to prevent injuries.

Warrior I
Warrior II
Triangle
Chair
Wide Leg Forward Fold

Hip Openers: Give your hips freedom of movement.

Pigeon
Cow Face
Happy Baby/Dead Bug
Goddess

Core Muscles: Help perfect your running form.

Boat
Plank
Dolphin

Breath: Help regulate and maintain good posture.

Side Angle
Camel
Bridge

Balance: Strengthens your legs, feet and ankles while improving your mental focus.

Tree
Warrior III
Dancer
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3-Minute Morning Yoga
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Yoga Secrets for Beginners
Hey you! You yoga beginner! I heard you making big statements about how 2015 was going to finally be the year you devote yourself to this practice. So let's get right to it shall we? Before we even think about touching our toes or focusing on breathing, let's make sure we really understand what yoga is: 1. Yoga is not a religion. It is a way of life, a type of exercise, a practice. Yoga is all about moving your body and understanding yourself. It is about bringing the world around and within you into focus. 2. Yoga is not a “push until you drop” practice. There are poses that can be mistaken as sleeping on the floor, the Child's pose is made for complete relaxation. This is not always a practice that will have you out of breath and begging for mercy! 3. This isn't a quick weight loss plan. You first build muscle and are working on your strength so that a few months after you begin you will find your body burning fat like it never has before. Get into yoga for more than just the weight loss benefits. Think of the mental health benefits too! 4. Get a good mat. I started yoga using a beach towel. No good. It completely changes your practice to have a mat that is thick and comfortable but most of all grips well. 5. No one is watching you. Seriously, I used to be so paranoid about how I looked in class, but once you really get involved in yoga you realize it is just you and your mat. Say hi to your neighbors when you get there, and then forget about them until the practice is over. 6. When you wake up “too sore” to go to yoga, go anyway. One of the best things you can do for your soreness is stretch it out. 7. Practice on an empty stomach. A light snack may be good before cardio, but not yoga. You are using the core so much, you want to come to class with an empty stomach and an open mind. 8. Take pictures. I know a lot of you will never post any, and that is totally fine. I have found that when I am down on my practice or get discouraged, I look at old pictures and compare with current ones. It will shock you how far you’ve come so quickly. 9. That moment when you are stretching, it is painful, and you want to give up and get out of the pose, give it one more full breath, breathing into where the pain is. It is a mind over matter game! 10. Have fun. This is your journey. It is never over!
Lose the Love Handles! Yoga Routine
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How to Lose Weight Fast?
Who doesn’t want to have a perfect body! You also want to drop those extra pounds and want to do that very safely. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! It is totally acceptable that you are passionate about your weight loss, but always keep in mind that always tries to lose it on a progressive level. If you are thinking of quick weight loss, there might be chances of losing your muscle, bone or water instead of fat. Though there are many ways to lose weight fast, but most of them make you starve and unfulfilled. Losing weight, in actual is a mind game, and you can only change your body when your mind gets changed! Many of us are unaware and uncertain about losing weight in a quick & safe way. Many of us are unaware and uncertain about losing weight in a quick & safe way. During their Google search for weight loss strategies, they get unreliable companies or websites that are meant for promoting falsity about products. We are here to make you aware of the actual strategy, which needs to be followed for quick weight loss. Effective Strategies to Lose Weight Fast Dietary Changes So you have decided to lose weight, finally! You may be wondering about where to start. The first and easiest step towards the new you, is easy for some, but tough for others – weight loss diet. It simply refers to be more nutritious towards your eating. All the sugary and starches must be cut down from your diet. They not only increase your appetite but also increase your body’s calorie level. Do a transformation of it with a nutritious healthy diet. Instead of such items, your meals should include proteins; a high- protein diet is what you need for weight loss. Cut out of processed foods containing fat, sugar and consume wholesome snacks whenever hunger bothers you. Filling up with Water Drink water as much as you can! A must follow step to burn fat fast. Drinking water keeps things moving in your body and aids in digestion as well. It also does wonders for flushing out and warding off water weight. For instance, if you replace 2 sugary beverages with bottled water, you will be able to save around 380 calories per day alone. Amazing, isn’t it? How powerful the plain old water is! Don’t like the plain one? An alternative to this is to add lemon, lime or other flavorings for bit calories to enjoy your drink. Drinking water before your meals also contributes in weight loss, according to studies. Be Cautious with your Eating Habits Burger, fries, donuts, pastries and all that delicious items could force you to make a mushy compromise with your health. It is an obvious thing after all! Remember you are on a mission to burn fat fast and in order to get an escape from such appetites, you need to shift your focus on the foods that provoke you to slow down your starvation. Snacking is good, but not with all those junks. You can take a handful of nuts whenever you feel craving for food. Not only it will prevent you from high-calorie consumption, but it also provides the necessary nutrients to the body. Fruits & vegetables are another good option for which you don’t need to limit your portions. They fill your body with high nutrients. Meal Practice is a Good Idea We all know about the harmful effects of junk food but still can’t resist it. We keep on consuming it and make our health suffer a lot! But there is a perfect solution for this – meal preparation. It may take time, but it’s worth it. Instead of going out or having those extra calories to fill your cravings, you can do experiments with your meals at home. You will be no more tempted with calorie consumption when you have the same stuff at home. Not only this, you will get all the required nutrients & protein that your body needs. Planning of practicing meal at home helps in great weight loss and you will get hygienic food at your home, with fewer calories of course! Weight Training Diet is not the only substitute for weight loss. Is this what you think? Then you are wrong! Along with a weight loss diet, your body requires the training part too. Weight training is considered as one of the effective ways to burn your calories. It is the most common recommended activity if you are working on a fitness plan. Some of the best exercise option to achieve so is going to the gym, lifting weights, do some warm-ups so that your body muscles get stretched. Weight training improves your metabolic rate and makes you staying overdrive for long hours. What you can include in your quick moves is – squats, push-ups, pull-ups or some cardiovascular activities like running, jogging, etc. Pay Attention to your Mental Health as Well Your body hears everything your mind says. So keep going because you can! 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