We all get bored with our exercise from time to time.
Anytime we get in a rut, it can be easy to talk ourselves out of our exercise habit.
When was the last time you exercise habit bored you silly? Is it time to expect more of yourself? Here’s my new favorite way to enjoy walking again: Walking Yoga
I enjoy walking at my local recreation center in Westminster. There I find a soccer field surrounded by a paved sidewalk and lots of green grass. This is perfect for Walking Yoga! Using my Fitbit wristband, I know that there are 1,100 steps surrounding the soccer field. You can estimate or measure the approximate distance of your favorite circular walking path. Let’s call this the Walking Circle.
Walking Yoga Routine in 10 Easy Steps: Add this to your Exercise Habit!
- Warm up by walking around your Walking Circle 1 time.
- At the end of this circle, step off of the walking path (I like to step into the nearby grass), and perform Yoga Pose #1: Mountain Pose to Wide-Legged/Raised-Arm Mountain Pose.
- [This is similar to slow-motion jumping jacks.] Start in Mountain Pose with your arms by your sides and your palms resting against the outsides of your legs. Inhale to swing the arms up and clap the palms overhead while jumping the feet out wide. Exhale to move back to Mountain Pose. Continue, repeating pose, breathing naturally for 8-10 breaths.
- Walk around your Walking Circle 2nd time.
- At the end of this circle, step off sidewalk for Yoga Pose #2: Child’s Pose or Balasana. Start with your knees and tops of your feet on the ground with the feet together and touching. With your knees apart, rest your belly and chest between the legs. Place your head on the ground, and stretch the arms out in front of you. Take 8-10 natural breaths and relax your body.
- Walk around your Walking Circle 3rd time.
- At the end of this circle, step off the sidewalk for Yoga Pose #3: Downward-Facing Dog. With feet hip-width apart, hinge forward at the waist and press your flat palms into the ground, hips in the air. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart and the arms, shoulders and back should line up in a straight, diagonal line. Beginners can bend their knees to keep the spine long and move some of the body’s weight into the legs. Hold position while breathing comfortably for 5-20 seconds.
- Walk around your Walking Circle 4th time.
- At the end of this circle, step off the sidewalk for Yoga Pose #4: Plank Pose. Get in the stance similar to a push up, but place your forearms on the ground. Keep your body still, straight, and elevated about 3-4 inches from the ground. Think about drawing the abs into the lower back. Try not to sink into your joints, but hold a strong, uplifted pose, keeping your core straight and flat. Hold pose for 5-60 seconds.
- Walk around your Walking Circle 5th and final time.
- Sit in the grass or on a bench and take 10 deep cleansing breaths.
The Walking Yoga routine is an interesting blend of cardio and stretching that my coaching clients like! Invite a friend or two to join you (others who are bored with their exercise habit) and make this revitalizing routine a fun part of your social life. Thriving!