Yoga…done to hip hop?!?!?!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I was driving home from work today and listening to a “throwback” workout station on Spotify.  And when I say throw back the songs were from about 7 years ago?!?  I don’t know… Anyways, I was thinking about how I was going to come home and do some yoga and then I had a brilliant idea!  I am going to do yoga but to some hip hop music!!!  I. Am. A. Genius!  What got me going was a song by Usher.  Sometimes I try to be a professional dancer in my car on my commute to or from work ;D  Remember that car commercial with the woman dancing in the front passenger seat?!  Eh hem… that’s me!  Hahaha..I wish!

I will have to let you know how the hip hop yoga goes 😉

How often do you guys change up your workout routine?  I get bored very easily if I do the same workout several times in a row.  I am constantly switching it up.  I had to give up running the bleachers as of late because of awful shin splints in my right shin.  Today at work I was sitting at the nurses station and all of a sudden I had very sharp pains shoot up my right shin.  Gosh it was PAINFUL!  The physical therapist at work told me that I need to stretch more and lay off the high impact cardio for a little while.  Ugh…  I am going on a backpacking trip in a week so I hope to be back up to speed by then.

Yesterday a friend and I went to the park and climbed the stairs behind the nature center.

Around 134 stairs.  Kind of looks like a giant bug coming your way!
Around 134 stairs. Kind of looks like a giant bug coming your way!

My friend is very toned and muscular as he spends a lot of time in the gym lifting weights.  However, I can out do him when it comes to cardio any day!  He texted me today to tell me that he was soooo sore.  Poor baby!  So I asked him if he would put me through a killer upper body workout.  I am great with cardio.  Not so great at being consistent with weights…especially my upper body.  And this dude has some sweet arms so I trust that the workout he puts me through will be awesome and a good hurt!

What are some of your favorite upper body workouts?

Have a great night!


“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Find alternative ways to exercise and rocking out to Journey!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend 😀  This will be a quick little sweet post!

In my head I am still 24 years old!  However, my body is 38 FO real.  :/  I would like to think that if I had to be evaluated, a sports med doctor would say my body is truly about 28 years old.  (slip the doc $50 and call it a day ;))

Annnnnnyways…. I have been sustaining minor injuries from over use and improper warm up.  I know better but hey when you feel good you feel good and you push your body a little harder.  Enter in shin splints in my right shin, a slightly pulled muscle in my right quad and a still sensitive sprained left ankle.  What the HECK dude?!?!  I am a competitive person.  Especially with myself.  So I was chillaxing at home and wondering what the heck I was going to do for cardio and strength training while giving my lower body a rest from high impact cardio.  Ugh…I can’t tell you the last time I have been to the rock gym!  Totally depressed about that one…with my ankle still being sore and sensitive I cannot jump down from bouldering problems.

So I decided to pull out my yoga mat and do more than just the normal routine of awesome stretches.

yoga at the beach dudes :)
yoga at the beach dudes 🙂

It has been a while since I have attended an actual yoga class on a regular basis.  I used to go all the time when I lived in Southern California.  In L.A. you could go to a yoga class pretty much anytime of day, even midnight.  I loved it!  Now that I am back in Ohio it is a little harder as the studios are more spread out, the schedules aren’t really that conducive and the variety of yoga just isn’t there.  Well not as much as SoCal.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and YouTube the crap out of online yoga!  Benefits?  Free and I can do it in my own home.  Sounds pretty good to me.  Except I get bored at home and generally dislike working out at home.  And since I am problem solver..hahaha…I took my mat outdoors.  I would say 4 out of 7 mornings you can find me at a local beach or grassy park running through various yoga poses.

sunrise yoga :)
sunrise yoga 🙂
Yoga on the hill top!
Yoga on the hill top!

I feel so much stronger than I did a week ago!  Especially in my shoulders which are a tough spot for me to train.  Before I head out the door I look up new poses and/or poses for what body parts I am struggling with.  It is so easy to do and the benefits are amazing.  I know I am walking taller and straighter too!  Now I just need another yoga mat.  One for indoors and one for outdoors.

As I was driving home from work this evening (Sunday as I am writing this) I was flipping through the stations on the radio and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ came on.  I was totally dancing, singing and rocking out on the highway home.  After it was over I found it playing on ANOTHER station.  I mean the universe wanted an encore of my first performance right?!?!?!!!  I gladly obliged  and rocked out aaagain! I didn’t care who watching me as the passed me by.  I was having too much fun!  I almost forgot to mention how AWESOME SAUCE I sounded!!!  Move over Steve Perry!!!

Peace out til next time and namaste dudes!


“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow