I used to be a bootcamp bitty. My sophomore year I would wake up at 6:30 after a quiet night in ybor to hit the track. But I never enjoyed it and I always felt like this kid above. When I found yoga, it was such a relief to love working out that I got hooked and let cardio slip away.
Until recently, I was highly resentful of anything that involved sweating without stretching. So yogic of me. But sure enough that doesn’t create balance either as my hips so kindly reminded me.
Slowly, I have started adding in biking, jogging, boot camps, pilates.. anything that will switch it up. My sister and I are also in the works of planning a half marathon for spring, yikes!
Some things that have changed since the last time I was on my cardio grind, are that my mind is stronger (thanks yoga,) I have more control over my breath and obtaining balance in other areas of my life, has eased the difficulty of returning to cardio. I used to only do cardio to be skinny, but this time I am doing it to have more energy, and feel like myself.
Here are some of my favorite Ayurvedic tips for exercise
- Workout to half of your capacity. If you feel exhausted, burnt out or even angry after your workouts you may be burning yourself out to a point that creates imbalances. Exercise should make you calm, energetic and most of all balanced.
- Workout outside, even in the winter months. The fresh air and sunshine give some added balance bonus points.
- Avoid working out at the hottest part of the day. Lucky for me, San Fran has great running weather, but back in my Tampa days, running at high noon would take the life out of me.
- Take deep breaths, this helps to send oxygen to the tissues of the body.
- Try your best to not work out on a full stomach.
- Working out during Kapha l time, 6-10am is the best time because Kapha governs strength and stability. Another good time is Kapha ll time, 6-10pm. If activity in the evening is too stimulating aim for the morning.
- For the Vata’s, switch it up! Try a new dance class, hiking, kayaking or yoga. Be careful not to exhaust yourself.
- To the competitive Pitta, it is good to release heat, try swimming, skiing, light jogging or hiking. Avoid competition, you will enjoy and benefit more from the workout.
- Since Kapha’s tend to be strong boned, working out is a great time to put their stability and strength to use. Weight training, running long distance, or aerobics make for a happy Kapha.
What are some of your favorite exercises? Do you have any of your own tips to get back on that cardio grind?