If you are following me on Instagram and/or Twitter you would have an idea that I recently graduated from university. I’ve completed my Bachelors in Business Administration (general pathway) from Oman only where I was brought up.
Last semester of uni wasn’t very great for me. I was asked to take four modules along with Final Year Project in order to graduate by May. I did not have much choice. I needed to get done with uni. Anyway, the pressure was tremendous. I was studying for my classes, doing assignments, writing reports, fixing my FYP, draft checks, attending classes and trying very hard to stay sane through all this. I wasn’t studying seriously instead I was taking a lot of stress. I would think more and do less, which is always a bad thing when it comes to anything education related. I had also travelled and was very sick for quite a while. I was finding it very hard to cope with everything. That’s when I decided to find a way to release all the stress that was just piling up day after day and beating me down. I gave Yoga a try. I never imagined myself going the Yoga path. I always thought it was for people who are thin and flexible, not people like me who are overweight and chubby all over.
I often google about things I want to give a try or don’t know much about before i start doing them. Yoga was one such thing I had no idea where to start and how to do. YouTube never helps me much because I get intimidated by the number of videos there is to see with different steps. I tried to YouTube it but it confused me. So what I did was I typed in ‘Yoga circuit for beginners’ and found out tones of images with different circuits. Pictures are easier for me. I saved the ones I found interesting. I am not a fan of going to classes for Yoga or such exercises. I prefer doing them home.
Before you start to workout or do any sort of exercise, it is very important that you warm up your body, especially if you are someone like me who workout once in a blue moon. If you don’t warm up you will end up straining your muscles or damaging them. I get lazy when it comes to warm up but it is better to take precautions and be on the safe side.
Following is the warm up circuit I prefer doing.
It stretches my muscles in all the right areas and makes my body break a sweat. I repeat every step three times. It is not necessary for you to follow the same warm up circuit I use. You can google and look for one that interests you. Just don’t go all macho in the first go. Start slowly and then increase your pace. Going hard would only lead to muscle damage. Slow-Medium-Fast – go by the natural rule.
The picture below is my favorite yoga circuit for beginners.
It is basic but makes your body work and sweat. Also, the bunny is just too cute.
In the beginning I found this circuit a little hard but on the third day I was pretty much fine and was doing all the steps properly. I was worried I’d forget all the steps but it did not take me long to memorize them. I was worried I will have problem breathing in and out properly but with time it did not remain a problem and I learned my way through. It is true guys, practice makes perfect. In the beginning we all make mistakes but with times we learn.
Things I noticed
1- How quickly my stress level was getting under control. I was able to focus on my assignments and class work. I was more attentive during lectures. My overall uni performance was increasing.
2- By my third workout I could visibly see my body fat getting into a proper shape. My knees which previously had any shape now were probing out all pretty (in a healthy way. Am I weird to think defined knees are pretty?) My thighs were getting in shape and my love handles did not feel that lose. There was a reduction in my back flab. My hips felt firmer and my arms were getting lean and strong. I thought I was imagining it all but after two weeks everyone started commenting that I looked quite in shape than before. I was over the moon.
3- Flexibility – wow wow wow. I was able to lift my legs all the way back above my head. All this within 2 weeks – wow wow wow.
Few other precautions:
1- Don’t workout on a full stomach. Wait for at least hour and a half.
2- Don’t drink water or anything right before you start your workout
3- I prefer working out without the fan or air conditioning on and with the door closed. Direct air conditioning can strain your muscles because of sweating.
4- When it is warm in the room, you sweat quickly and more but always make sure it is not humid and it is not difficult to breathe in the room.
5- Once you’re done working out, take shower after 10-15 minutes. Taking shower right after exercise may strain your muscles.
I hope this post was helpful. Let me know if any of you try it. If there is anything you want to ask or suggest, please do so in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys.
Love yourself often and enough!
PS. Just to be clear, I am not a fitness expert. I am just sharing my experiences here and what works well for me.