By NATALIA HAWK
So you want to take up yoga but you have literally no idea what to do.
And you’re a bit nervous about going to a class, because you don’t know what to expect and what if all the other people are all professionals and they laugh at you when you fall over halfway through a downward dog?
I reckon there are so many Australian women out there who are avoiding exercise because they’re just not quite sure how to get started. After all, the fitness world is a daunting one. There are so many classes, so many gyms, so many options open to you – how does one pick between Zumba and tennis? And if one picks tennis, do you really have to wear a tennis skirt or will shorts do?
I’ve put together this little guide for you in case you’ve always contemplated trying something, but never known quite how to take the leap into actually starting.
So you want to start…
You really can’t go past the Couch to 5km app for a beginner’s guide to running. It’s designed for those who really aren’t even sure if they can run to the end of their own street, so it starts off really easy and then gradually builds up over a number of weeks until you can comfortably run 5km. The app allows you to play your own music so that you stay motivated, and tells you when it’s time to start running or start walking, to warm up and to warm down.
Make sure you also stretch before and after your workout so you’re not too sore the next day.
Also – contemplate Googling a running club in your area and signing up for one – it’s a good way to be surrounded by like-minded people and stay motivated.
You’ll need: Running shoes (buy a new pair if yours are old – they’ll do more harm than good), a great sports bra (it’s a high-impact activity), regular workout gear.
Yoga is fantastic in that it’s well-suited to any level of flexibility or balance. So even if you know you can’t balance on one leg, don’t stress – there are many different options for poses and, if you do a class, your teacher will take you through them. And don’t worry about other people judging you – everyone’s generally wrapped up in their own practise to worry about long you can hold a tree pose.