PiYo – intro

I’ve recently stopped running.

Hold on. It’s not what you think. I do tend to change up my workouts anyway, I do them in batches actually, meaning I would do a month or two of something and then move on to something else. Since it’s been getting really hot around here, it was time for me to limit running to late evenings. Also I’ve been feeling quite stiff lately so somehow I started leaning to yoga for my next endeavour.

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Foam rollers 101

What is foam rolling anyway?

Foam rolling also known as self-myofascial release is a massaging practice. The myofascial release itself has been used by therapists since forever but to do this yourself you will need some help in the form of a foam roller. The point of the practice is in a long dragging force. The release of the force should help with immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, and improving circulation. It’s not as great as having a professional do it but it’s good. Really good.

Which is why i highly recommend it to everybody who regularly exercises. It helps preventing injuries and promotes recovery time, which also means you can do more workouts in a shorter period of time and thus get better more quickly.

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During and after pregnancy fitness

I’ve always been a very active person. I even worked out througout all the nine months of pregnancy up until the due date, but I stopped for the 10 days I was overdue. So after my son was born I felt horrible. Not looked horrible, felt horrible. Sluggish, weak. Mostly because of the 10 overdue days spent lying around and the two weeks after my C-section during which I could hardly move. So I was very eager to get back in shape. Exactly 7 weeks after the delivery, on the day I had my first check-up and was cleared to start working out, I did my first pull-up.

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