I always get questions before, after and sometimes during classes. Here are some that have been coming up in the past few weeks!
Should I drink water…now? During a treadmill boot camp, just after a high-intensity speed drill, a member asked, “Should I drink water now, or will it make me sick?” I’d love to have a definitive answer to that question – but it is completely and utterly up to your body. People have difference tolerance levels. Some can down breakfast and then cruise out for a speedy run and others find they feel ill running after half of a banana. What is true – you need to hydrate during your workout. If you exercise in a dehydrated state, your body cannot adequately cool itself. You will also experience energy drain and potentially experience cramps. For most people, sipping frequently during your workout can help you stay hydrated.
Why are my feet going numb during balance exercises? I often have class members and clients perform bicep curls, tricep extensions or rows while balancing on one foot to activate the core and to increase the challenge and interest of an otherwise benign exercise. Shoes may be a culprit here – wearing old shoes, ill-fitting shoes or shoes wrong for the activity (running shoes for a cross training class) could be the problem. Secondly, you may simply be putting too much weight into the leg rather than using the core to balance. Instead of jamming the leg into the ground, think about lifting out of it and gently engaging your abdominals and pelvic floor. Incorporating regular yoga or Pilates into your workouts can help you better tap into these muscles. If numbness is a chronic problem outside of exercise, consult your physician.
How Often Should I do Yoga? People new to yoga always ask this question. Frankly, you can do yoga everyday – and more than once a day if you have no job, family or obligations. If you do yoga daily, do consider varying the intensity of your practice – choosing a high-intensity, strength-based class one day and a restorative or slow-flow the next. Realistically, I say to do yoga when you can. The last thing you want to do is to commit yourself to three or more times per week and stress because you can’t make it to your stress-relieving workout. Try for once a week, and if you get there more often – fantastic, but don’t beat yourself up if you cannot do more.