Happy Friday, friends! Today I’m linking up with some of my favorite fellow bloggers for a fun fitness post! One thing I’ve learned about exercise is that everyone is different and needs to find their own groove, so I love hearing what works for other people (even if it’s something that would never work for me!) Be sure to check out the links at the end of this post to see what others have been doing to get moving. You just may discover something you want to try!
I personally have been enjoying a new way of getting active this past month that I wanted to share with you all: a free yoga app called Asana Rebel!
I discovered Asana Rebel thanks to an ad in my Instagram feed. (They can be annoying, but they are eerily accurate at figuring out ads for things I actually want to use.) The basic version of the app is free, and you can opt to pay a monthly membership fee if you want enhanced features like personalized coaching tips and custom workout plans. So far, the free version of the app has been great for me, as I’m still learning about yoga and easing into it by only doing a little bit each day.
With the free version of the app, you get 2 daily videos: a short 5-6 minute routine and a full-length routine lasting anywhere from 11 to 20ish minutes. When you click the full-length video, you get to see a preview listing the poses in order with the length of time spent on each to get a sense of what the workout will be like. The free version also includes a library of 5 different full-length workouts you can pick and choose from if you’re not feeling the featured video of the day (or if you want something to add to it for a longer workout). The picture above shows an example of the day’s featured workout with some of the archived workouts underneath.
One thing I really love about this app is the way it allows you to visually track your consistency: for every day you complete a workout, regardless of length, you get a green dot on the calendar. I love being able to look back at January and see my progress laid out so concretely: I did yoga 23 out of 31 days last month! Every little green dot represents a victory for me on my fitness journey!
Another cool progress tracking tool is your personal profile, which keeps tabs on your total time spent doing yoga, as well as the total estimated calories burned (which is not as important to me, but still fun to see). As you can tell from my total time over the course of the month, my workouts are short right now. I’m starting small and working my way up in the hopes of building my endurance over time without burning out (which I often tend to do when starting any new fitness endeavor).
I’m not sure exactly what it is about this app that “clicked” for me. I’ve tried for years to find exercise that I felt I could stick with consistently, and never quite found my groove. I had a couple brief stints with trail running, but grew tired of that quickly. I’ve also bounced around with various equipment in the gym, from the bike to the elliptical to the treadmill, and even tried using weight machines, but still, the routine never really felt right for me – I didn’t look forward to it, I didn’t really get a sense of reward from doing it, and I quickly lost interest and stopped.
One of the things I love about Asana Rebel is that I can use it at home any time I want – all I need is my mat and my phone. I typically do one of the videos in the evening an hour or two before bed. The stretching is great for releasing any tension I’ve built up during the day, and the full-length videos always end up with a relaxation phase (Shavasana) that helps me unwind.
I think another reason the app works so well for me is that it is very low-committment and doable for someone like me who isn’t super disciplined with exercise or likely to do lengthy workouts. Eventually, I’d love to work up to being one of those people who looks forward to long workouts, but that’s just not where I am yet on my journey, and that’s totally OK. For now, I’m perfectly content to knock out my 15 (or 5) minute yoga video, get my green dot for the day (complete with falling confetti in the background – such a nice touch!) and pat myself on the back for a job well done.
Be sure to check out today’s other fitness-inspired posts from these lovely ladies for more ideas on ways to get moving!
What about you? Have you started a new fitness routine this year (or continued one you started last year?) I’d love to hear about your favorite ways to stay active!
Note: This is not a sponsored post; I downloaded the free version of this app on my own and have just been enjoying it and wanted to share. 🙂