Our bodies are a gift that we too often take for granted. This picture was taken about a week into my bed rest with the twins last year. I’m smiling on the outside, but on the inside I was feeling something different. After we snapped this pic Cole ran outside to the backyard to enjoy the beautiful day while I reclined deeper into the couch.
Why am I sharing this? Because I don’t want you to take for granted your body’s amazing abilities like I did. Stretch your arms and legs, run or walk, increase your push-ups count or add more weight to your dumbbells. Even if you’ve never worked out in your life, just ask yourself one question. How would you feel if you didn’t have a choice? If you didn’t have the choice whether you could go for a walk or train for a 5K or push play and do a 30 minute workout at home?
Even if you don’t want to or you come up with a million reasons for not working out. Just remember you CAN. You have that freedom of choice, every day. So isn’t it worth it to just do it?
I’ve been a yoga girl for over a decade now and it’s helped me on so many different levels. I’m an anxious person…always have been! Even as a kid I’ve always reacted to situations with super strong emotions that easily overwhelmed me. Yoga helps me to calm down, refocus and get centered.
However, something in me has shifted since I endured two months of bed-rest when I was pregnant with the twins. I was stuck on my back for SO long. I couldn’t do all of the things that I loved doing as a stay-at-home mom. I couldn’t grocery shop or cook for my family. I couldn’t run around or swim with my son. I get teary eyed thinking about the nights I spent in the hospital and my son crying to me on Facetime because he wanted mommy home to snuggle with him.
So naturally, once I had the twins it was like this feeling of being released from a cage and now all I want to do is MOVE! I still need flexibility, but I have a really hard time BEING STILL. Kind of important for yoga, right?
Enter PiYo! This exercise program has built a bridge between what I love about Yoga and my need to be constantly moving. Not to mention it’s introduced me to muscles that I never knew I had. It’s a perfect combination of yoga, pilates and cardio.
So I’m sending out a call to all my yoga rebels out there! Who wants to add a little PiYo to your practice? Comment below for more details