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What to Know Your First Time at Hot Yoga What to Know Your First Time at Hot Yoga

Maybe you need something to warm you up now that there’s a chill in the air. Maybe you’ve heard that hot yoga is relaxing. Or maybe you want to try something that’s challenging and yet, in some ways, easier: your muscles are more flexible when they’re warm. Welcome to hot yoga.

How to Get Up the Nerve to Go to Your First Yoga Class How to Get Up the Nerve to Go to Your First Yoga Class

If you’ve never done yoga, it looks intimidating. People are flexible, fit, trendily dressed—wait, I might be thinking of Lululemon ads rather than actual yoga classes. It turns out you can have a great experience at a yoga class even when you’re brand new, and we asked yoga instructors how.

The Best Yoga Poses for Beginners and Inflexible People The Best Yoga Poses for Beginners and Inflexible People

You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, although it certainly helps for some poses. But there are plenty of moves you can do even if you have the world’s tightest hamstrings. We love this list from Health that spotlights great beginner poses that don’t require much flexibility to get started. Here are a few to try:

Try These Stretches Even if You're Not a Flexible Person

If you’re inflexible, you might feel like there’s no point in trying to stretch. But without stretching, how will you ever get more flexible? A session like the one in today’s video can help.

These Yoga Moves Will Actually Relieve Back Pain These Yoga Moves Will Actually Relieve Back Pain

If you’ve got back pain, yoga may be the last thing you feel like doing. But after 12 weeks of a gentle, beginner-level yoga program, people in a recent study had as much pain relief as those who did physical therapy sessions. And either type of exercise worked better than doing nothing at all.

Why It’s Worth Learning Cartwheels As an Adult, and How to Do Them Again Why It’s Worth Learning Cartwheels As an Adult, and How to Do Them Again

For many of us, cartwheels are a relic of our childhood. That’s unfortunate because they’re a lot of fun and a great way to improve our coordination, strength, and flexibility, too. Here’s how you can roll and tumble around like a cartwheeling pro again.

Improve Your Posture In Any Position With These 'Quick Fixes' Improve Your Posture In Any Position With These 'Quick Fixes'

You can do the most amazing warm-up, flexibility, and mobility routines, but you still spend a ton more time not doing those things, which could literally be a pain in the neck. Whether you’re sitting, standing, or lying on your side, Adam Bornstein of Born Fitness shares some tips to quickly right your posture.

This Video Shows You How to Properly Stretch Your Calves for Better Balance This Video Shows You How to Properly Stretch Your Calves for Better Balance

Your calves and ankles are under-appreciated muscles that work hard to keep your body steady and balanced while you’re standing, walking, or running. You might already be stretching your calves, but GMB shows you how to do them properly.

Deadbugs Are an Underrated Core Exercise You Should Be Doing Deadbugs Are an Underrated Core Exercise You Should Be Doing

Despite the weird name, “deadbug”s work your core unlike any other exercise. Crunches and sit-ups do very little to resist letting your back arch and “extend,” which can then contribute to posture problems and low back, knee, and hip pain. This is where deadbugs come in.

Four Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility and Help You Touch Your Toes Four Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility and Help You Touch Your Toes

Being able to touch your toes definitely means you’re flexible, but it’s also a fair indicator of how well you can lift heavy objects, move around in everyday life, and squat or deadlift in the weight room. If you can’t reach your toes, these exercises will help.

A Three-Minute Yoga Exercise Routine You Can Do While Sitting At Work A Three-Minute Yoga Exercise Routine You Can Do While Sitting At Work

Breaking up long hours of sitting at your work desk with stretching or walking breaks sounds very nice in theory, but regularly putting it into practice is easier said than done. Well, here’s a yoga routine that takes you only three minutes to complete. Plus, you don’t even have to leave your desk.

Learn to Squat Better by Practicing the Movement Backwards Learn to Squat Better by Practicing the Movement Backwards

Traditionally, you learn to squat from top to bottom, but as we mentioned in our squat primer, many variables can limit your ability to squat well or to depth. For some, bad flexibility in the upper back, ankles, hips, and calves are to blame, but it’s also insufficient practice. These drills help you work on both.

Don't Underestimate Joint Mobility When Building Strength Don't Underestimate Joint Mobility When Building Strength

When it comes to desired traits in fitness, raw strength and speed often overshadow mobility, or how well your joints move. Maybe you just don’t think you’re that “bend-y.” Fortunately, it’s a process that contributes to strength, and everyone can work on it.

How to Turn Yoga into Badass Exercise with Advanced Poses How to Turn Yoga into Badass Exercise with Advanced Poses

Yoga can be more than a relaxing way to spend a rest day. It can be a challenge in itself: you can build serious strength working up to impressive poses like Crow or Dancer.

The Truth About Stretching: When It Helps and When It Doesn't The Truth About Stretching: When It Helps and When It Doesn't

We stretch for lots of reasons: Because it feels good, because it’s part of our pre-workout routine, because a muscle is stiff and we think stretching will fix it. But most of what we know about stretching—and thus the ways we use it—are based on wishful thinking and outdated science. We’re stretching for all the…

What to Do If Push-Ups Hurt Your Wrists What to Do If Push-Ups Hurt Your Wrists

It’s hard to get stronger by doing planks and push-ups if your wrists can’t comfortably support your weight. Here are some strategies to work around those tight wrists and eventually improve your strength in them.

Does Yoga Have Any Real Fitness Benefits? Does Yoga Have Any Real Fitness Benefits?

Take one look at someone in Scorpion Pose and you’ll know: yoga can build strength and balance. But how does it stack up to traditional strength training—and what can’t yoga do for your body?

The Difference Between Mobility vs Flexibility, and How to Improve Them The Difference Between Mobility vs Flexibility, and How to Improve Them

There’s more to fitness than just pure strength – flexibility and mobility matter too. You’re going to have a hard time doing exercise if you can’t bend far enough to perform any of the movements. Here’s how to improve those skills.

Would You Take a Pay Cut for More Job Flexibility? Would You Take a Pay Cut for More Job Flexibility?

A recent survey found that two thirds of workers would take a pay cut for greater job flexibility. Would you?

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