Get up and get moving

Young Woman Exercising On Mat In Front Of Television
Pain and stiffness are often the result of not getting up and moving around enough. Then when we do try to move, our body has become frozen in habitual postures such as sitting at our desk or in front of the TV.

The best way to stay fit and supple is to get up and get moving, even if it is only for a few minutes a day, several times a day. Try these methods and see how well you start to feel.

Stand and stretch
This gets the blood flowing and muscles moving.

Get 10,000 steps per day
This can all add up as you go through your daily routine. Use a pedometer to keep track. Enjoy a walk after dinner and look for chances to walk up and down the stairs rather than use an elevator or escalator.

Marching in place
This is a more cost-effective option than the standing desk or treadmill desk and can be done anywhere. It works well when when you are talking on the phone so long as you aren’t distracting the other people in the office and are not breathing heavily down the phone at your clients and customers. Wear a pedometer so it counts towards your 10,000 steps per day.

Try yoga
There are many poses to choose from, all of which use the weight of your body to keep you toned and trim.

The whole point of ballet is to make smooth and controlled movements that strengthen your arms and legs in particular. Do simple exercises in the office or use your desk or chair as a ballet barre.

There’s no need to pump iron
Use ordinary things around the house as your workout gear. Try bottles of water or cans as light weights. You can also invest in a set of resistance bands, which you can take with you anywhere and use as needed.

Belly dancing
It is fun and good exercise, and gives you a solid core and strong back. It can also help you bring out your inner goddess.

Try these methods in rotation throughout the week and you should never get bored while you get fit.


Working Out Without Working Up Too Much of a Sweat

Summer is here, and with it the hot, sticky weather. Unless you are heading for the beach or pool for a swim to cool down, it can be hard to stay motivated to work out in the warm weather.

Fortunately, there are some workouts that you can do which can help you tone, trim and burn calories without getting soaked in sweat. One of them is bellydancing. It can be fast and fun, and help you feel sexy and feminine too, instead of too macho.

Shimmy: The Complete First Season


Shimmy: The Complete Second Season

can help you stay fit and bring out your inner goddess.

Another idea is yoga. It can keep you fit and also aids in developing lean muscle. For any woman who wants to be strong but not too bulked up, these DVDs are ideal.
Namaste Yoga: The Complete First Season

Namaste Yoga: The Complete Second Season

Namaste: The Five Elements in Yoga

For a harder yoga workout, you might consider trying Kundalini Yoga. It emphasizes transformation through a series of poses, and there are therefore no levels in Kundalini as there are with other forms of yoga.

Kundalini Yoga With Gurmukh

Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond

Kundalini is particularly good for losing weight:
Fat Free Yoga – Lose Weight & Feel Great w/ Ana Brett & Ravi Singh NOW W/THE **MATRIX**

Weight Loss with Kundalini Yoga DVD

Yoga for Weight Loss (Deluxe 3 DVD set with over 30 routines))

So if you are looking for some great ways to stay fit during the summer, or all year round, without getting too hot and sweaty, pop in a DVD and start to shimmy or strike a [yoga] pose.


Yoga for Clarity of Mind


From Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga

Sit cross-legged on the floor with a straight back, or on a chair with spine straight and feet flat.


Close your eyes and block left nostril with left hand. Continue breathing through the right nostril for one to three minutes with a  focus on your breath.


A clear mind opens the window to happiness.