07/23/13

Yoga Workout on Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus Yoga Pose

Wii Fit Plus Yoga Pose. I appreciate the feedback from the game and the instruction!

I’ve been having problems with my IT band syndrome again since the McCall 40 race a week and a half ago.  I’ve seen my chiropractor for Graston therapy, taken some rest days, started doing the Myrtle Hip Strengthening workout to loosen up those tight hip abductors again and this morning I pulled out a tool I hadn’t used in 422 days (according to my Wii Fit Plus when I plugged it on and climbed on the balance board today!)

I had forgotten how handy this personal trainer disguised as a video game could be! I used to use this a lot more a couple of years ago when I lived in another home with a roomier living room space!  My current living room has about 5 x 6 of floor space so it’s difficult to really stretch out my arms overhead while lying on the floor or when doing poses like Spinal Twist.  It’s even more difficult when accompanied by the two cutest yoga partners in the planet — my 6 and 8 year old daughters, who joined me today!  But, we had a good time, I got to work on my stretching and relaxing and the girls had fun doing “laps” under my Mommy Bridge when I was doing Downward Dog (they stopped for kisses too, which was pretty cute!)

I’ll be using this tool again more now that the boys showed me again how to set the darn thing up again (what can I say – I’m 40 and rarely play video games so I need refresher courses every now and then!) 😀

Here is the Myrtle Hip Strengthening Video guide if you’d like to try this one out as well! I find it easy to follow and it really does help me to loosen up the hip area again when I’m struggling with IT band syndrome!

Myrtle Hip Strengthening Exercises

11/27/11

Yoga for the Kid in All of Us DVD

Chaz, the yoga dude never lets me down. I wish I could find a grown-up version of this on DVD. I’m feeling a bit tired and sore in the quads from yesterday’s run. I knew some yoga would help loosen things up and make me feel better. Now, this particular DVD is set up for a parent and a child to do together (or in my case, for siblings to pair up while Mom pairs up with one child normally.) It’s a lot of fun and a great way to introduce your children to yoga in a fun way! I will admit, that Chaz takes several “breaks” in the workout to do silly skits and such to make the kids laugh. My kids adore that part though I prefer to skip through it when doing it solo, since seeing him dressed as Elvis or having his toes talk to one another CAN get old (hehe.)

I did 3/4 of today’s yoga solo. The stretching felt like what my body was seeking. Towards the end, my 6 year old joined me. I love how in child’s pose, they have the grownup do the regular pose, while the child lays across the back of Mom or Dad cuddling. It’s sweet and my children all adore taking turns doing this one. During tree pose, you hold hands and “sway in the breeze” – things like that to create poses that require two instead of one.

Of course, my 4 year old saw the fun-fest we were having, and she joined in too and they took turns being my little yoga buddies. During pigeon pose, I had my eyes closed and was enjoying the stretch along the back of my legs and hips. My wide-eyed, blond baby girl, laid next to me on her tummy and whispered loudly, “Mom, why are you being QUIET?!” (I’m a bit animated normally.) I giggled and whispered back, “It’s yoga. We’re supposed to be quiet.” She decided to take that to a new level and started pretending to snore really loudly. It was definitely hard to keep my focus, but the smile on my face said having her and her silliness be part of my workout was just what my soul must have needed.

The final pose is Corpse, but thank heavens that Chaz renamed it Resting Pose. So much nicer sounding! He pulls out his guitar and sings this peaceful tune called “Sleepy Town” while the girls laid their little heads on my tummy and we rested together, me holding their hands and all of us enjoying the moment… Ahhh.. Namaste!

09/22/11

Yoga With My Little Ladies and a Haiku

Anneliese and Savannah (6 and 4) joined me for my Wii Fit Plus yoga today.

Anneliese said “Bridge is my favorite since I can climb right under you, Mama!” haha

I wrote a haiku about it (per Daily Mile’s Daily Mission). What a fun start to the day!

Young girls breathe mama
Inhale exhale calm yoga
We are warriors

07/14/11

Yoga for the Kid in all of Us – With 3 of my kids

I love yoga.  Many years ago I found a DVD called Yogamazing: Yoga for the Kid in All of Us at the library. It’s this one hour workout tape designed for a parent to do with their child.  About half of the poses are done as “partners” – like tree pose, where you also hold hands and “sway” in the wind or child’s pose, where the parent does the regular pose and the child leans onto the parent from behind and gives a nice, sweet hug.  Chaz, the yoga dude who leads the workout appeals to the kids. He speaks right to them and adds these silly little “skits” here and there to make them laugh and to help them learn.  My children have all enjoyed doing this workout many times with me over the years.

The Elementary Teacher in me just adores the way that the instructor takes moves like the Cat/Cow and has the kids (and parents) meow and moooo while they do the pose.  There are always lots of giggles from the children when we do that.

Today, I started it with my 4 year old daughter. She and I were partners and enjoying the stretches and laughs and hand-holding that come with this particular workout. My 6 year old daughter saw all the fun we were having and soon I was holding two hands and modifying the moves so no one got left out (I’ve had lots of practice with that over the years!)  About halfway through, my 10 year old son (who’s honestly done this with me more than all of the other kids) showed up and joined in too.  He and I partnered up and Anneliese and Savannah partnered up.  It was fun.

My favorite move of all is the final one – the resting pose.  The parent lays down, faceup on the yoga mat, closing their eyes and resting to the little song that Chaz plays on the guitar and sings about “Sleepy Town” and the kids each lay their heads on me, hold my hand or snuggle.  It’s a beautiful moment and a happy way to start my day, so bonded with my babies.

Stats: 1 hour. Yoga. Felt: Happy and Content

07/8/11

Wii Fit Plus – Yoga and Strength Training

I love my Wii Fit Plus! Every single time I start doing the Yoga with the female trainer, I feel my entire body start to slip into a state of bliss. Her soothing voice, the calming music and the stretching of my body, the focus on my posture all just put me into a calming, serene place. I love it and I can always tell that my body overall feels so much better after doing some yoga. 20 min of yoga today. Was surprised how flexible I’m feeling this time. I could touch my toes easily and that wasn’t the case a few months ago when I did this. Nice! I especially enjoyed dancer pose, half moon, tree, triangle, warrior, sun salutations, downward dog and the cobra and bridge today.

Next I did 20 min of strength work on Wii Fit Plus. Lots of single leg work working the core and balance, jackknives, push ups and side planks.

After that I did 10 min of advanced boxing (which honestly I am awful at since it requires so many memorized steps and I have a dreadful memory! I really do wish the boxing was a little more constant and had less of the silly side-to-side ducking moves. I crave more constant, heart-pumping like the final bit where it’s a free for all and I can just punch to my heart’s content. THAT part I love! I should get a DVD on boxing! I’d probably really enjoy it!

I did 10 min of Super Hula Hoop after that and THAT is where I got the best workout of all today! I always think of the Karate Kid movie when I’m doing the Hula hoop (wax on, wax off!) When I’m doing the first 5 minutes twirling those 4-5 hoops to the right I feel like my bum is “waxing on” and it really burns the abs and I can feel my hips loosening up. It’s awesome! Then it switches and you twirl the 4-5 hoops the other direction. That’s when I picture my bum “waxing off!” 🙂 It feels a little bit like dancing the Samba -lots of hip action and that feels really fun and is so beneficial to a runner – since we runner types tend to have type hip flexors that need loosening up! My hair was plastered against my face and my heart was beating by the time the 10 min were up! I scored my TOP score ever on the game today! Yay!

I finished up with a downward dog, a sun salutation and finally one turn on the Penguin Slide – my favorite little “fun” game that works the core and balance areas. My Wii piggy bank then turned GOLD and told me I’d spent a total of 40 hours using it since I first bought it! Sweetness!

06/6/11

Wii Fit Plus

One hour of Wii Fit Plus today.  Lots of yoga, some jackknives, planks, pushups, 10 min of Super Hula Hoop which really gets the heart pumping, Advanced Step, and then a few minutes of fun stuff like Penguin Slide, Ski Jump and Soccer.

05/27/11

Wii Fit Plus Yoga, Strength and Super Hula Hoops

30 min. 4 stars on Super  Hula Hoops and Jack Knives. Yay! 🙂 Love how the yoga and the hula hooping loosens up the tight hip flexors. The kids always want a turn after they see me “playing” with the wii fit plus!  Anything that encourages them to implement more movement into their day is a positive as far as I’m concerned. Jr’s in love with the boxing. I think I should do that one next time. It’s a great workout! Rebecca’s still the champ by 3 spins on the Super Hula Hoop. Guess I’ll have to spin harder next time. haha

05/18/11

Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Strength

30 min Wii Fit Plus. Mostly yoga poses with a few planks, side planks and v-sits in for good measure. I love how peaceful the female instructor and the background music make me feel. Ahhh…  The perfect gentle, easy workout after a long run yesterday.

05/13/11

Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Strength

The Wii Fit Plus told me it had been 65 days since I’d worked out with it. I could totally tell during my workout today. My arms were shaking on the planks and side planks, my abs were feeling it and the yoga poses were more wobbly.  But, it felt good to be back at it. My lower back and my shoulders have been really sore lately and yoga makes both of those areas feel more stretched out and soothed.  I also love the voice of the Wii Fit Trainer. She speaks very soothingly and that settled my mind during those 35 minutes despite all the noise from the kids going on around me. 🙂

I can really tell that my body is beaten down from all the miles and climbing and last night’s track race. I feel tired. Very tired. I may have to cancel my Saturday morning long run and get some recovery instead.

5 weeks until Big Horn 50 miler!

03/11/11

If Rocky and Lucille Ball Had a Child

And the child had none of Rocky’s talent but all of Lucy’s enthusiasm – I’m convinced I’d be that child.  Today’s workout was with my Wii Fit Plus.  I did the rhythm (or in my case LACK of rhythm boxing), yoga, arm strength moves and super hula hoops to loosen up the hips. It’s always great to get a sweat on from a video game. 🙂

Stats: 36 min. Felt: Good