I exercise almost everyday, mostly for stress-relief and clarity. To me, there’s nothing like that natural post-workout high – an incredible combination of calm energy, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment.
I’ve always been active. To keep things exciting, I rotate between different types of workouts. Sometimes I’ll spin and finish up with light stretching. The next day, I’ll do a kickboxing or cardio DVD and incorporate weights for resistance training. Throughout the week, I dance (Zumba is still my favorite) and do athletic intervals, like squats and more. I do yoga and Pilates a few times a week because it really helps improve flexibility and stretch out my muscles.
With all that activity, you’re probably wondering how I manage to do anything else with my life. I’m always in a rush, which is why I love workout clothes that are versatile enough to wear anywhere, anytime. When you’re comfortable with the way your clothes look and feel, it makes life easier!
One of my new favorite brands is tanya-b, a yoga lifewear brand, which recently launched in New York City. Tanya’s clothing is inspired by her 15 years of teaching yoga internationally and living the urban yoga lifestyle, designed to look and feel incredible both on and off the mat.
The brand is known by yoga instructors and practitioners for high-quality performance leggings and fashionable yet functional active tops. Worn alone or layered, this stylish ballet cami can be paired with anything from athletic gear to jeans or a skirt.
What I’m Wearing: Tanya B Ballet Cami, $59 at Tanya-B.com, and black capri leggings from somewhere downtown in NYC.
“I love the design and versatility of this top. At first glance, it looks like a classic, sexy cami that can be worn anywhere – but secretly, it’s a functional workout top, made for performance. The stretchy cotton material is softer than average, allowing you to move freely with comfort. The built-in bra adds support and convenience. Meanwhile, thoughtful details go a long way; ruched sides and chest, and a back that dips a bit lower, add style so you won’t look like you’re running around in workout gear. Wearing this cami alone or layered, you can easily go from the gym to your next appointment.”
Price: $59 at Tanya-B.com
A selection of Tanya-B clothes are being retailed by Anthropologie, Equinox-Pure Yoga, and other popular yoga studios.
Also known as the “half back bend,” the bridge pose is considered a beginner’s yoga pose. I do it to stretch my legs, chest, back and neck. It’s also known to promote overall relaxation.
Holding a plank with proper form is known to strengthen and tone the abs, back and shoulders. Practicing this pose has really helped my lower back, which in the past, has been a weakness of mine. I try to do plank every day, testing my strength by holding it for longer periods of time. While in plank, I suggest listening to some “chill” lounge music. And if you’re a multitasker like I am, this pose can be an excellent way to catch up on some reading. It’s great to know I can get business-related things out of the way while I work on my six-pack. Just kidding. It’s never a good idea to multitask during athletic training/physical activity.
Cobra is a multipurpose pose. It can help relieve pain, especially in the lower back, strengthen the spine, and tone up the glutes, abs, arms and shoulder.
Please note: The information in this article is not meant to supplement, not replace, proper yoga or athletic training of any kind. Like any sport involving speed, equipment, balance and environmental factors, the athletic training discussed in this article poses some inherent risk. The authors and publisher advise readers to take full responsibility for their safety and know their limits. Before practicing the skills described in this article, be sure that your equipment is well maintained, and do not take risks beyond your level of experience, aptitude, training, and comfort level.