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How to Choose the Right Yoga Mat - 5 Things to Look For

How to Choose the Right Yoga Mat - 5 Things to Look For

Though it may be tempting to borrow any old mat at your local group fitness studio, it makes sense to invest in a quality mat that's suited to your needs and circumstances. You'll keep your body flu-free and receive adequate support for your pesky joints. Not sure how to choose the right yoga mat? Here are five factors to consider:


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5-Minute Morning Yoga: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Getting inspired to workout during the morning time might be a bit challenging at first. But once you start doing it you just might get addicted. A trick to do it could be in indulging just five minutes of stretching and blood flow boosting yoga moves in to your morning routine.
Imagine yourself. You get out of bed, start your coffee maker and plan to take a shower or whatever it is that you usually do. Postponing all of that with five minutes can’t be that bad. And with postponing I don’t mean to hit the snooze button two more times but actually get up and do yoga the first thing in the morning.
When you start with just five minutes and get that as your routine you will start craving for more and you could turn into a “morning-workout” -person because all of a sudden you started feeling better and seeing the morning workout as a priority rather than a chore.
Your morning workout sessions will become longer during the sunrise when you actually have time and during the mornings when you really have to rush out of the door you are going to prioritize the need of an exercise and involve anything from two minutes to five minutes to those days you are running late, after all you are already running late but you could make your body feel better while doing so.
This 5-minute yoga routine is a solution for those who need to hurry in the mornings and also a way to trick yourself becoming a workout person. In this routine you will open up your spine and hips from the sleeping mode and get your blood flowing.

Intermediate 5-minute Morning Yoga

Advanced 5-minute Morning Yoga

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