27 02 2013
You’d think standing on one leg is pretty easy but, in reality it’s not. When I get my clients to stand on one leg the first time, very few can do it for more than 10 seconds without falling. It takes a lot of strength in your leg and core, as well as focus, to stand on one leg.
But, like most things that are really hard, standing on one leg is really good for you! You’ll tone and strengthen your foot, leg and buttocks and you’ll improve your concentration. You really can’t let your mind wonder while trying to balance on one foot. Balancing postures also quickly tell you where your imbalances are – if one leg is weaker or tighter than the other, or one hip stabiliser is not working properly, it’ll be pretty obvious.
Here is an advanced balancing posture, Warrior III – which I love but, I admit, it took me A LOT of practice to learn to love it. This posture is great for your feet, ankles and legs and your abs, shoulders and arms get a work out too.
The trick is to really focus on your standing leg and foot, your foundation. Keep your foot firmly grounded and stand up tall and strong, firm the outer hip of the standing leg in. It’s also important to keep your back leg strong and stretched out while reaching your arms forward, this helps you balance. For full instructions how to do this posture, go to yogajournal.com
If your balance is not good, start with a standing knee hug:
Stand tall, planting all four corners of your foot on the floor, make sure your toes are pointing forward. Keep the top of your standing leg strong, straighten your torso and keep your gaze forward. See yoga.isport.com for detailed instructions. Once you can stand like this for at least 30 seconds, ideally longer, start slowly moving your torso forward and down and your bent leg back and up. Before you know it, you’ll be in a warrior III.
I accept that the headline of this post sounds like an advertisement for Sure, but be assured: there is no compensation, financial or otherwise, going on here. I just love Sure Maximum Protection.
I sweat a lot. There, I said it – and I’m not ashamed. Sweating is totally natural! It’s not something I’m too embarrassed about, generally speaking, but it does get on my nerves when I’m sweating into my nice clothes or at work, where it’s inappropriate and looks as if I’ve just sold secrets to the Government and am trying not to look suspicious. Awk-ward!
I also suspect that I sweat a lot because I’m chubby. I’m not saying that in a “woe is me” way; it’s a fact. Being chubby makes certain things more likely: chub-rub (the rash you get when your thighs rub together); having a wrinkle-free face (just sayin’) and sweating profusely in public. It’s tough carrying an extra few pounds around, day in and day out!
So deodorant has long been a top priority of mine. For years I used Mitchum, although I never quite experienced the 48 hours of sweat-free living it seemed to promise. Then, a couple of months ago, the lovely folks at Sure sent me two samples of Maximum Protection to try out. I thought it was a bit weird, between you and me. I mean, all deodorants do the same thing. This deodorant wasn’t even particularly pretty, and it didn’t smell incredible or anything, so what were they expecting me to say about it?
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The one con – and I say this only because it was pointed out to me on a supermarket trip with my horrified other half – is that Sure Maximum Protection is pricey, at about €7.99, and that €7.99 container only lasts about a month. But I’d pay €50 a month for the same result, so pleased am I. Try it yourself, and please, please, let me know if you disagree. I’ll be amazed.
15 02 2013
If you want strong and toned arms, shoulders and upper back, this yoga exercise, which is used as preparation for headstand, is your best friend. Start with just few repetitions and really focus on doing it correctly (moving from your shoulders/chest, not hips), take a rest and repeat. You’ll be amazed how quickly you get stronger and can do more reps.
Make sure you don’t move your bum up and down, all the work is done with your arms/upper body, to do this you need to keep your tummy in tight.
Finish in child’s pose with your arms stretched in front of you.