I actually don't use the yoga that are on the app itself. I don't prefer them. I use DownDog instead for an equal amount of time.
SarahBethYoga is really good YouTube channel. U can find her 10 min yoga for beginners video. You can also see other videos and choose which ever u like. I recommend doing yoga by following her video (simultaneously), you will enjoy doing it because you won't get bored and you will be motivated and will feel like doing it every single day.
Surya Namaskar ( a set of 13 postures in sequence)at home is the best but if it isn’t easy for you just get out and circle your house and come back
I'm a yoga teacher so I have good skills for following my intuition of what I need. But when I want to turn my brain off, I love Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube or Cassey Ho (Blogilates) for something more active
Start with the basics to build good fundamentals. Do Tadasana to begin the routine, and follow up by breathing in deeply and stretching your hands above your head. Stretch them to the sides next, and then back to Tadasana. Do this 3 times slowly so you can really feel the stretch and not cause harm your body. To work the lower part of the body I do Downward Dog into Cobra, which can be repeated several times. These simple poses take little time to do and have great benefits for posture and clarity over time. (I highly recommend looking up these poses so that you can experience the full benefits of the stretches. Hope this helps!)
For first thing in the morning I suggest a stretching routine that focuses on the back, hips, quads and hamstrings. If you are a side sleeper add some stretching for your shoulders and neck. The body has been laying for at 6-7 hours so it’s stiff and a good morning full body stretch is a perfect wake up.
For yoga, I use the Down Dog app. You can adjust the level, duration, etc and it creates a different routine for you every time you use it. I like it because it removes the need to think about what I’m going to do, while also providing variety so I don’t get bored.
I do a variation on the sun salutation. I focus on stretching my body from the ground to the sky in a shoulder length stance, extending my arms. I then slowly bring my arms down and start to curl my body down, extending my arms to the floor to stretch my back and legs. I repeat the process 3 to 5 times in the morning. It takes me 5 minutes at the most. It would depend on how stretched out you would want to be.
I really like a variation of sun salutation, with forward folds. I also need a little twist for my back to limber up. Sometimes I just lay on the ball, front and back.
My favourite is 5 minutes of meditation using an app (I like headspace). Then follow it with a couple of minutes of back stretches to compensate for hours of sleeping. This wakes me up and sets me up nicely for the day ahead. Good luck!
My favorite is the cat/cow stretch for my back. I also like to stretch my neck and shoulders where I carry most my stress.
- How do you keep exercising interesting? I don’t want to hit a plateau.
- I only do calisthenics. I have been doing core training, push-ups, and pull-ups every day for a few months. I’ve been stuck at around 20 max pull-ups for months and can’t seem to get stronger. I do different variations every day so I almost never do the same exercise 2 days in a row. My question is would it be better to take rest days on core exercises? And should I focus on certain muscle groups instead of doing everything in a day? When I take a rest day I feel like I’m weaker the next day, so I try and take as few as possible. But I’m just not sure if it’s my program. Also, if anyone knows of some great calisthenic exercises to get shredded it would be greatly appreciated. I need a good calisthenic workout program.
- How do you find an exercise you enjoy that doesn’t cost too much?
- Is it necessary to sign up for a goal (e.g. a 5k run) to keep your exercise on track?
- How do you find exercise habits for disabled people? I’m finding it a challenge to several things. I can’t jog or run. At the moment I also have broken ribs so I can only walk short distances. Is there anything else I can do?
- Do you find exercising with a friend or partner more rewarding than exercising alone?
- What do you do for better sleep?
- How do you prepare for your morning routine? Does it start the night before?
- How can I stop planning things but never finishing them?
- What commitment devices do you use to make sure you complete your exercise habit?