New year, healthy you! January 19 2015, 0 Comments
One of the mantras we follow at Urbanization is taking care of your body and being are the keys to happiness and a well balanced life. We are only given one body and it's important to take care of it. When you live with healthy habits you look at feel your best! Here are some of our top tips for a great start to 2015!
Set goals and hold yourself accountable – keep a fitness journal with weekly goals and progress notes. If your goal is to run a marathon, set a goal to increase the miles you can run every week, then write it down. Putting goals on paper makes you more accountable and it’s all the more rewarding when you accomplish them!
Spread the word! - if you tell people about your plans and goals, you are much more likely to follow through. It will hold you accountable and force you to be true to your word. Rally your troops and they will be there to motivate and support you.
Small changes will lead to big results - You’re aiming to make healthy habits that become a part of your everyday life. Start small and take it one day at a time. Examples could be switch whole milk for skim, take the stairs instead of the elevator or swap a donut for yogurt and granola for breakfast.
Stay motivated with rewarding yourself – you deserve to be compensated for your hard work. Treat yourself when you accomplish your goals! Take that vacation or buy that necklace you’ve been keeping an eye on.
Gear up! - nothing motivates me more than wanting to wear my new workout clothes or try out my new yoga mat. If you look the part you will feel the part! Here at Urbanization we are now offering 40% our Solow Sport fitness collection. Check out our amazing selection of performance legging, sports bras, tops and hoodies!
Remind yourself why you’re doing it – at some point you will hit a roadblock. Stop and think about the big picture and how you will feel when you have accomplished your goals. This will help you get past the hiccup and get back on track.
Get moving! - there’s no substitute for physical exercise. The benefits to regular sweat sessions are endless and include increased energy and a toned figure. You don’t have to be a gym rat to get the exercise you need, do activities that you enjoy. Us ladies at Urbanization are big fans of taking our dogs out hiking on our beautiful bay area trails!
Photo and Copy credit: Gennifer Rose
Morning Yoga for Beginners in Under 10 Minutes! January 17 2014, 1 Comment
Rise and shine! It happens to me every morning; the terrible struggle to get out of bed. Between my cozy warm bed, fat purring cat, and soft sheets the LAST thing I want to do is get out of bed.
But my pesky alarm clock wont let up so i reluctantly remove my now disgruntled cat from my chest and roll out of bed into what I call RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN TO PUT ON WARMER CLOTHES BECAUSE NOW I'M FREEZING COLD. I thought to myself, there has to be a better way to wake up in the morning.
So, I don't have a solution to the imminent freezing sensation of getting out of bed. But when I do, you will all be the first to know.
BUT as i was perusing Pinterest (my absolute FAVORITE website) I came across some daily morning yoga posses.
I'm the kind of person who sleeps until the LAST possible moment, so my first thought was, I do NOT have time for morning yoga. But I hated the grumpy mood I would be in more than taking 10 a few minuets to stretch out before my shower.
So, here it is to you, my final list of my favorite yoga stretches to start off your day. These are BEGINNER poses, because lets be honest, the majority of us don;t feel like being a contortionist first thing in the morning, and IF you do, I tip my hat to you!
Hold each pose for 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side when necessary. Make sure to focus on your breathing. Count on the inhale and breathe out all tension and stress on the exhale.
Now waking up is slightly more tolerable, and I can start my day on a positive note! Enjoy and happy stretching!