Exercise is boring. I live to be entertained! I'm a Netflix girl. A walk, don't run girl. A hope-it-rains-every-day-so-I-have-an-excuse-to-cozy-up-inside-with-a-cup-of-tea girl.
So with all this kitty-cuddling and tea-drinking and film-watching, how do I have time to stay fit? I'll tell you my secret: Combine the two.
I meeeeeean, I can't actually prove that Beer Yoga is good for you and will whip you into shape, but I can say that it makes me feel much better about myself and really limbers me up for the day that I have to take exercise seriously. Like, when I'm 89.
On top of hating physical exercise (unless I'm dancing to the Holy Trinity of Beyoncé, Kanye, and Drake) I have low blood sugar and low blood pressure. This means that every time I do something to get my heart rate going, I feel fairly light-headed and like my heart will explode. (I'm totally not overdramatic. *flips hair*) I've learned a lot about my body's limits since joining a gym in January (like every other hopeful American after the New Year), and it's really helped me understand which exercises are best for my body. Things like yoga and pilates are right up my alley.
(Side note: cardio is a must too because your heart is very special and important. Take care of that heart and know your limits! Slow and steady wins the race in my book.)
Now that we've got the preliminaries out of the way, let's get down to it. The BEER YOGA how-to! (Or wine yoga, or scotch yoga, or gin yoga. You get the drift.) The most important thing about Beer Yoga is the alcohol. Just kidding (maybe). It's having fun and feeling good! Make Beer Yoga whatever you want it to be and feel good doing it!
That being said, here's how I like to break it down:
- Put on your Netflix go-to, like Master of None or Parks & Rec. (Or Hulu, or HBO, because GIRLS). Find whatever you want to watch; a half-hour show or sitcom is good so you don't have to pay close attention. You can just listen to the jokes and have a little chuckle during downward dog. Or, you can go for an hour-long one for all the ambitious drinkers and stretchers.
- Lay out your yoga mat and any weights or tools you may want to use. In other words, create your space with whatever you need to feel chill and relaxed.
- Go fix a drink! Or grab a cold beer (New Castle is my everyday beer; not too heavy and not too hoppy). Any beverage will do.
- Take a teaser sip, press play, and start that workout!
I like to do Beer Yoga on a rewards system, so you don't get caught up in child's pose for 30 minutes just drinking a beer, as glorious as that sounds. Start with sets of 8, or a position that feels good to you and really opens you up. Find whatever pace suits you. Once you complete your first set, take that delicious, cool swig and rejuvenate for your next position. Hell, take TWO swigs if you wanna get crazy. No judgment here!
Just to be clear, if it wasn't already obvious, I like to do what some might call Freestyle Yoga. There's really no rhyme or reason to it, but if I feel like it's giving me a good stretch in all the wrong places and it's a difficult position to hold, then I must be doing something right. Right? Fingers crossed. No, but really, don't hurt yourself, and maybe if you're like me, you may want to Google or YouTube some basic yoga poses and stretches before going rogue.
Because exercise is boring to some like me, the point of Beer Yoga is to keep you entertained and having a good time so you don't even realize you are getting a work-out at the same time! In between your favorite shows and an ice-cold beverage, you should be happily entertained for the entirety of your work out, however long you make it.
And there you have it: the fast and fit way to pre-game for your night or weekend. Wine, TV, yoga, and a sense of confidence and productivity. What more could you ask for in a workout?
- How do you stay entertained through your workout?
- What are some of your favorite everyday workouts?
- Remember those Michelob Ultra commercials that made it seem like it was Gatorade or something?