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Published Monday Dec 02, 2019 by Jacki Carr

How to Warm Up Your Workouts This Winter

Fitness
Motivation
Expert Advice

This time of year, temperatures start to drop, and the desire to snuggle up and stay inside is all-consuming. Can we talk about holiday movies on Netflix?  Because the obsession is real. And yet, with the craze of holidays, keeping your body and mind moving at your favorite workout class could be a great self-care hack this December. 

Most of my workout choices change come winter. Lots of studios set their thermostats higher than mine at home, so I have the incentive to shovel the snow, scrape the ice off my windshield (a great workout warm-up!), and get to those weekly classes!

 

Here's a list of workouts to warm up your routine this winter:
Hot yoga

The moment I step onto my mat in a hot yoga class, I start to dethaw from the heated room, and I can unclench my hands, then shoulders, and finally take a deep breath. While the cold air causes us to hunch over to keep out the chill, getting to a heated flow allows us to sweat, open, and align our bodies.

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Hot yoga

The moment I step onto my mat in a hot yoga class, I start to dethaw from the heated room, and I can unclench my hands, then shoulders, and finally take a deep breath. While the cold air causes us to hunch over to keep out the chill, getting to a heated flow allows us to sweat, open, and align our bodies.

Heated barre

And tuck, and tuck, and tuck. I immediately start sweating walking into a barre class as I know what is about to happen on that floor with the mirrored walls and ballet barre. Add heat, and this class is an instant detox of any tension my body might be holding onto.

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Heated barre

And tuck, and tuck, and tuck. I immediately start sweating walking into a barre class as I know what is about to happen on that floor with the mirrored walls and ballet barre. Add heat, and this class is an instant detox of any tension my body might be holding onto.

Indoor climbing

Your heart rate and body temperature will rise way high when you take on your first climbing experience at a gym. While you may not be moving fast, you will feel the heat. Mind meets body as your strength and sweat kicks in to get you to the top of that wall.

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Indoor climbing

Your heart rate and body temperature will rise way high when you take on your first climbing experience at a gym. While you may not be moving fast, you will feel the heat. Mind meets body as your strength and sweat kicks in to get you to the top of that wall.

Infrared sauna

In the infrared sauna, I get to rest, recover, and detox. My oxygen level increases, and the time to sit, meditate, and relax brings some much-needed zen after the hustle and bustle of the holiday outside the studio. I need the reminder to slow down after a sweat session, and this is the perfect way to do it.

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Infrared sauna

In the infrared sauna, I get to rest, recover, and detox. My oxygen level increases, and the time to sit, meditate, and relax brings some much-needed zen after the hustle and bustle of the holiday outside the studio. I need the reminder to slow down after a sweat session, and this is the perfect way to do it.

Cardio dance party

All she wants to do is, all she wants to do is dance! There is nothing that makes my heart pump faster and my smile get bigger than taking a cardio dance class. Channeling my inner Baby (from Dirty Dancing) as the temperature rises in the room, I follow the choreography and keep it moving for an hour of grooving.

 

Beat the winter blues and take care of your mind and body this holiday season!

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Cardio dance party

All she wants to do is, all she wants to do is dance! There is nothing that makes my heart pump faster and my smile get bigger than taking a cardio dance class. Channeling my inner Baby (from Dirty Dancing) as the temperature rises in the room, I follow the choreography and keep it moving for an hour of grooving.

 

Beat the winter blues and take care of your mind and body this holiday season!

Jacki Carr
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Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!