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I don't really want to lose much weight. My goals are to tone up and fire up my energy. When I was last in good shape I weighed what I weigh now, give or take 5lbs, but was probably one-two dress sizes slimmer with my measurements being substantially different. I would therefore prefer to focus on tracking my progress in body measurements rather than weight loss because as my fat gets converted to muscle I will slim down, but my weight may not change too much.
I'm already noticing that I've lost half an inch on my waist and would like to log future changes. Is there any way I can do this on Daily Burn?
Thanks in advance everyone :)
I'd have a look at yoga. Repeat the early classes until you get strong and maybe focus on restorative yoga and breathing practices. Believe it or not you can actually tone your abs with very focused breathing in a very gentle way, even just lying down, especially when combined with gentle muscle movements. I haven't seen them on here yet but as you advance there are 'bandhas' in yoga which are muscle and breath locks designed to get pelvic floors into uber shape.
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It could be a lot of things and I would work on a process of elimination.
I would start with hydration. Headaches are often a sign of dehydration and as you normally use more water when working out or partaking in hot activities like saunas then it's good to keep replenished. Drink before you get signs of thirst so stock up before a work out by sipping regularly rather than guzzling when thirsty. Thirst is a sign the body is already dehydrated. Bizarrely if thirst is not answered and goes on too long the body will also eventually tell you it's hungry instead (perhaps because there are fluids in food).
If you are drinking diuretics like tea and coffee additional fluid loss will also occur so do account for that. Guidelines on how much water to drink (do try drinking plain water if you can rather than flavoured or sugared drinks) will vary according to the size of the person, their level of activity and the temperature of the area they live in. I live in the UK work out twice a day and drink at least 3 litres of plain water or vegetable juice a day.
Once you have eliminated water I would look at other things like low blood pressure (particularly if you are doing a lot of inverted poses), blood sugar levels (if you are on a low calorie diet) and vitamin and mineral levels. Do a food diary for at least a week and check to see that you are getting all the right nutrients. If you are unsure take it to a nutritionist. There are some online that will check for you.
Hope that helps!
I'm glad it's not just me thinking that! I trained as a yoga teacher many moons ago, but haven't practiced in years. I am now on Day 5 of the yoga programme and at best would consider it intermediate. In some places it's advanced. The only way you could reach that level, especially before you became disheartened, is to consistently repeat the earlier easier classes. For beginners and remedial pupils I would always advise additional hands on teaching to prevent bad habits and injury. Yoga, when done well, is exceptionally restorative and becomes not just an exercise programme but a peaceful way of life. Yoga was part of a programme that returned me to health after a very long illness.
Good luck with it!
Great tip from Mandy
Perhaps some basic yoga (easy class, short duration) with modifications and using props such as blocks and blankets to support your knee. Whilst there are easy classes on this site there are not a lot of modifications so I would advise finding a class that suits your comfort, learning the name of the pose and then looking online for any modifications. Better still, supplement your classes on here by attending a remedial yoga class and after a while, modifying your poses will come instinctively to you and your body. Hope that helps :)